ALPA 12 SWA: The New Edition of the Classic

08.2017 - Two decades after its launch, we have adapted the ALPA 12 SWA to the current requirements. The Jubilee version was sold out within a short time last year, and now the camera is available from stock with some improvements.

In 1996, under the new company management, ALPA launched the 12 SWA as the first camera. Over the following years, it gained an outstanding reputation among professional photographers and ambitious amateurs. The latest edition of this classic stays true to the original edition, optically and technically, but offers new possibilities.

The improved ALPA 12 SWA:


As the shape has been left almost unchanged, for example, the latest ALPA 12 SWA, can still be used perfectly with roll film cassettes. New is the improved compatibility with current accessories:

• In contrast to older models, we have narrowed the floor plate. It is now also compatible with 17mm tilt-shift adapters.

• The included ALPA dove tail tripod mount complies with the UniQ/C standard.

ALPA dove tail tripod mount:





• The use of FPS-SB17 lenses is possible.

• An additional 3/8-inch thread at the top of the camera further enhances the combination possibilities, also with a view to the future: ALPA's many new solutions are based on this connector.

• As an example, use the Universal Rail Adapter, which can be mounted via the 3/8-inch connector. This makes it easy to connect monitors to the camera.

ALPA Universal Rail:




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The revised 12 SWA is thus prepared for current and future developments. At the same time, we have retained its strengths. For example, the camera can still be personalized by hand grips in different materials and finishes.

As with all products, we always strive to improve the ALPA 12 SWA in the future. Thanks to the modular design, the owners of an ALPA have the opportunity to upgrade their camera to the latest state, instead of having to replace it at the same time.

If you have any questions about the ALPA 12 SWA or our other products, please contact ALPA of Switzerland or the responsible dealer in your country. We look forward to your inquiry.

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