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Monorail II & Optical Bench System
ARCA-SWISS offers a variety of monorail and optical bench configurations for unrestricted freedom of movement and maximum stability. Our monorail system provides rapid extension adjustments for rough focusing and lens-to-subject distance modifications. Close-up, wide-angle, and distant subject shots are easily achieved over a wide focal range, without requiring additional component changes.
The backbone of arca-swiss view cameras
TELESCOPIC OPTICAL BENCH
The telescopic optical bench is designed with two sections of monorail and a single extension bracket. Each monorail section can independently move within the bracket. When unlocked, the monorail moves freely within the bracket and is secured in place using lever-style quick-locks.
Monorail can quickly telescope outside the connecting bracket to lengthen the bellows extension. Monorail units are available in 15 cm to 40 cm lengths.
Optical Bench 30 cm - 043130
Two sections of 15 cm monorail with a single 30 cm connecting bracket (Extends to 45 cm)
Optical Bench 40 cm - 043140
Two sections of 20 cm monorail with a single 40 cm connecting bracket (Extends to 60 cm)
Optical Bench 50 cm - 043150
Two sections of 25 cm monorail with a single 50 cm connecting bracket (Extends to 75 cm)
Optical Bench 80 cm - 043180
Two sections of 40 cm monorail with a single 80 cm connecting bracket (Extends to 120 cm)
MONORAIL EXTENSION PLUG-IN
Should a bellows extension need to be increased quickly, none of the basic camera settings need to be changed.
Our plug-in rail extension inserts directly into the end of the original monorail. A knob on the end of the rail turns to expand a brass finger, ensuring the plug-in monorail extension is secured in place.
Plug-in monorail is available in 15 cm and 25 cm lengths.
Monorail Extension II Plug-in
Monorail-extension II 15 cm - 041226
Monorail-extension II 25 cm - 041225
THE FOLDING MONORAIL
ARCA-SWISS F-Line C view cameras feature a light and compact optical bench, which includes a folding monorail plus 8.5 cm connecting bracket.
The folding monorail has two sections of rail, joined by a folding hinge with a mechanism that securely holds the rails together when collapsed. Once opened and pressed together, a knob on the end locks the sections together, ensuring a secure and stable setup.
When purchasing the folding rail as an accessory, the 8.5 cm connecting bracket will mount the camera to a tripod head from other brands.
COLLAPSIBLE OPTICAL BENCH
Monorail 30cm, folding - 044130
Monorail 40cm, folding - 043140
OUR PORTABLE SOLUTION
Our view cameras, ranging from 6x9 to 8x10, have the unique feature of collapsing onto a single 15 cm monorail unit. This compact configuration makes it efficient to pack and transport the camera.
Once collapsed, the camera can fit comfortably inside a standard backpack that has a depth of 15 cm / 6" to accomodate the monorail, with room above to pack a focusing cloth and film holders.
The connecting bracket can be conveniently stored in a padded case attached to the outside of the backpack. Setting up and packing up is quick and easy.
CONFIGURATION "D" CAMERAS
F-Line 8x10 and 5x7 cameras can be supplied with a custom asymmetrical optical bench.
8x10 D model view cameras - (1) 15 cm monorail, (1) 40 cm monorail, with 50 cm connecting bracket
5x7 D model view cameras - (1) 15 cm monorail, (1) 25 cm monorail, with 40 cm connecting bracket