Jo Fober talks about his experiences of being an architectural photographer

Jo Fober talks about his experiences of being an architectural photographer

Jo Fober of talks about his experiences of being a photographer and how he turned to architectural photography. His work has been published and widely exhibited.

“Hi, my name is Jo Fober, 54 years old and working as a photographer for the past 15 years. I originally started as a fashion photography and gradually moved to architectural photography over the years. I didn’t study photography, this I learnt by assisting photographers and being part of TPW in Italy. This is where I worked with Andreas Bitesnich and gained far more knowledge in photography than I could have done through academic studies.”

“My first exhibition took place during Photokina 2014 in cooperation with Cologne photo scene. This was followed by a largely successful group exhibition during January 2017 at the Kaune Contemporary Gallery in Cologne, which in turn paved the way for my first solo exhibition around June 2017 called URBAN PLAYGROUNDS at the very same gallery. My work was also presented at ART Cologne in 2017 and 2018.

Since 2016, my works in architectural photography are being published periodically in Qvest magazines – the Paris, Cologne, New York City and Vienna editions so far. Three of those publications even made it to the magazine cover.

My first book by ‘Bachem Verlag’ will be released this summer.”

How did you decide that architectural photography was your passion?

“Moving over to architectural photography wasn’t actually an active decision. In 2012 The Victor Hasselblad Magazine published a number of my images and as the feedback I received was extremely positive I changed over from fashion to architectural photography.”

What made you decide to choose a Cambo camera system?

“The demands on my Hasselblad HTS based equipment quickly outgrew its capabilities, so I needed to move to a more professional camera system that would stand up to the rigours of being used regularly on-location. The final decision was made between Alpa and Cambo.

Both brands are perfectly up to the task, however the kind and flexible support received from Cambo just scored the final points. Additionally, the Phase One team based in Cologne is within close distance to me and I can get good support from them as well.”

Which camera and lenses did you choose?

“My model of choice is the WIDE RS 1200, since it’s compact and handy. In conjunction with Rodenstock objectives, I can get more shifting capability than my work actually requires. Based on the advice from both Cambo and Phase One, I chose the Rodenstock 32mm HW-W Digaron lens and 90mm lens with the Cambo Tilt/Swing panel. 

Since using the Rodenstock 90mm lens, I’ve also found it’s perfect for food, product and architectural detail photography.”

How do you operate and which digital camera back do you use?

“Currently I’m using the iPhone focus adapter which works very well. Although I’m interested to try the loupe system, however the live focus function on digital backs have improved, so I will be considering my options.

I shoot with a Phase One digital back. To start with I chose the IQ180 the upgraded to the IQ380 with an 80MP CCD sensor. Now I’m eager to upgrade to the 100MP CMOS sensor – this does have better live focus, so it may help with my shooting process.

Stitching shots is part of the game when shooting as an architectural photographer. This capability was paramount when choosing the right camera. The lenses I chose have a wide enough image circle so I can apply the required movement for stitching.”

So you’ve pretty much covered the main camera, lenses and components you use for architectural photography. What else do you carry in your kitbag?

“Obviously I carry the Cambo kit which I’ve had for 3 and a half years. It works just like it did on the first day – it’s a great bit of kit.

In the past, I used only medium format cameras from Hasselblad, but those are no match for the equipment I am using now. You can stitch and shift the viewing angle – this is wonderful.

I started out with Hasselblad, because I’ve used the Phase One Back on a Hasselblad camera. However, two years ago I changed over to PhaseOne XF Camera body and I love this one, too. 

Most of the time both cameras are inside my kitbag; Cambo with 2 Rodenstock lenses, 32mm and 90mm T/S. PhaseOne XF Body with IQ380, 55mm, 80mm and 120mm lenses. I also carry a range of Lee Filters, a digital rangefinder for working interiors and a laptop. Plus, one Profoto B1 flash.”

Thanks for the feedback Jo and we look forward to meeting you at your exhibition starting week.

Gallerie Kaune

Here is the English translation;

American Spirit  

In times of new, uncertain perspectives, we are looking back at a country whose culture and support have had a significant and positive influence on Western Europe over many years. A country that has shown controversial images to the world since there were photographic works, but has always been a destination that has produced and thus extensively fulfilled desires and dreams.

With the photographic works of George Holz, Mark Arbeit, Todd Hido, Peter Granser, Jo Fober and Peter Fürst, the facets of people, opinions and landscapes are mirrored.

For further advice about Cambo cameras and lens choice contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales.

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New Base Tilt for ACTUS series

New Base Tilt for ACTUS series

Cambo is expanding the ACTUS series with an optional BASE TILT Function. Having the possibility to use a tilt on the rear standard of the Actus has been a regular question. Now this is available for those photographers who want to add this.

Actus Base Tilt

Actus Base Tilt

Cambo has designed a tilting unit that can be mounted between the existing standard and the monorail. The tilt unit offers up to 15 degrees of forward and backward tilt, in increments of 5 degrees. So it is very simple to incline the monorail, and revert both front and rear standards back to perpendicular position, while keeping both standards exactly parallel, using a positive lock that slots into a grid pattern, protected against accidental movements.

Next to the extra functionality as tilt, you also receive the possibility to extend the vertical shift by using this as an indirect movement, especially useful when you use lenses with a larger image circle beyond the default rise and fall reach.

The extra focus layer on the rear standard has another additional feature: you gain 42mm more focus draw. This applies to all three versions of course.


AC-375 is the Full Base Tilt Kit.  It consists of a base tilt block for the front standard, one for the rear standard and one for the tripod mount. This combination allows for complete control of all tilt functions.

Note that the base tilt is additional to all existing movements on the Actus system.

Cambo AC-375

Cambo AC-375


AC-373 is the Dual Base Tilt Kit.  It consists of a base tilt block for the front standard and one for the rear standard. This combination allows for complete tilt control of both standards, additional to all existing movements.

Cambo AC-373

Cambo AC-373


AC-371 is the Rear Base Tilt Kit.  It consists of a base tilt block for the rear standard and comes with a matching spacer under the front standard. This combination allows for additional tilt control of the rear standard.

Also note the original tilt on the front standard remains accessible as before.

Cambo AC-371

Cambo AC-371

You can order from your local Cambo dealer. More information can be found here 

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Cambo Actus Development

Cambo Actus Development

The Cambo Actus camera system launched in 2014 has been a great success, so much that the system is continually evolving accepting newer digital camera systems such as the Hasselblad X1D and Fuji GFX.

During the development journey, the Actus initially launched with markings for all movements and the rise/fall, on the rear standard, was represented by click stops.

As more photographers came on board the demand for the system was to build new functions and knobs to suit the working environments. We added a Whip Control to the Actus for portrait photographers and more control for Digital Backs with the Rear Shift Knob.


Actus-DB-plus rear standard

Actus-DB-Plus Rear Standard


Here is a brief overview of new developments;

Actus B Mini View Camera – Rise and Fall represented by click stops.

Actus DB Plus – Rise and Fall markings added, New knob control for rear shift accuracy.

Actus GFX – Designed for Fuji GFX, Rise and Fall markings with quick change camera mount

Actus XCD – Designed for Hasselblad X1D, Rise and Fall markings with quick change camera mount


Cambo is well known for developing camera systems based on modularity, keeping your camera equipment up to date by providing options to upgrade.

So, if you have purchased a 4 year old Actus B Mini camera, there are options to upgrade to an Actus GFX or Actus XCD – so you can use medium format. Or you can add the AC-78E to the Actus upgrade and also use your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. You have the best of both Worlds!

The GFX and XCD upgrade has the ACB-979 rear standard with rise/fall markings and knob control for horizontal shift accuracy. A front block is supplied to increase the height as this conversion is designed to accept (with the right mount) the Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D.

When you are ready to upgrade, contact your local dealer to discuss the camera system you are using and they will give you the best option available.

You can order from your local Cambo dealer. More information can be found here 

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GDPR – Cambo Blogs

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Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

The Cambo WIDE camera system is a ‘pancake’ style camera i.e. it’s lightweight and extremely compact. So not surprisingly many photographers find the WIDE system is ideal for architectural and landscape photography. A variety of focal length lenses is available from 23mm to 90mm suitable for many photographic applications including reprographics and cultural heritage.

There is a demand for using longer lenses with the WIDE. As Schneider is no longer in this market and Rodenstock do not supply a large enough ‘helical mount’ for lenses longer than 120mm, Cambo have decided to manufacture their own, the WDS-180L Lenspanel.

The WDS-180L Lenspanel is designed to be used with Digital Backs and Rodenstock 5,6/180 HR-S Digaron lens. This lens has a Copal ‘0’ shutter mounted in a helical focussing mount, 25mm travel and fits to all Cambo WIDE cameras with an SLW adapter.

Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

The version pictured above has a split back focal length, with a shorter lensplate and a rear extension unit. This allows for more shift before vignetting from the lens barrel. The distance scale is marked for the Digaron 180 and the WIDE body has a 48mm spacer on the back.

For use in reprographics and cultural heritage photography, lenses with this focussing mount can be supplied with a linear scale. There is a locking nut to fix the helical in any chosen position when required. This is ideal when working on a copy stand and prevents accidental changes.

Product Code: WDS-180L

Description: Rodenstock 180HR Digaron-S Long Helical / Short Barrel and Spacer

Price: €5,854.00 excl.VAT/TAX and shipment

Available now from your local Cambo dealer.

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Capturing ‘Duality’ with the Cambo Actus

Capturing ‘Duality’ with the Cambo Actus

Based in Manchester, Tristan Poyser has worked as a photographer for 15 years. His practice is divided between commercial commissions and contemporary projects 

His projects include ‘Recording the Landscape’ in which he uses council planning applications for ‘Fracking’, as loci to photograph, record video and audio of the British landscape. The project ‘Automation’ explores the conflict between the ‘need for nature theory’ and mass tourism in a Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tristan’s work has been exhibited at photography festivals including, Format International Photography Festival, Brighton Photo fringe, Hull International Photography Gallery (HIP) & Look Liverpool. He guest lectures at several Universities on professional practice and facilitates photography and participatory workshops.

“I shoot with the Cambo Actus as it allows flexibility through the movements, It also allows me to choose different lens’ to shoot with. With the Duality Project it was as simple as allowing me to adjust the vertical moment in relation to the subjects height without having to adjust the camera or tripod, it was essential for the typology element to keep as everything as constant as possible. I also use the Actus on projects  to create large format digital files through stitching anything from 3 to 9 images together, especially with Architectural work and landscapes projects.”


The equipment we used to capture the project was the Cambo Actus Mini view camera, Sony A7 and Schneider 72XL lens. The Actus is particularly useful as there is a horizontal to vertical flip on the rear standard making image alignment much easier than using a ball or 3-way tripod head.

Photography Exhibition – ‘Duality’

The Sharp Project will be hosting the Manchester launch of ‘Duality’, a documentary photography exhibition by Tristan Poyser and colleague Simon Bray. Previously exhibited as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and shared with an international audience on BBC In Pictures.



‘Duality’ explores the way in which our uniform, workwear and casual clothes influence the perception of the individual. To find out more, please click here.

The exhibition takes place 31st May in the Campus, The Sharp Project, Manchester M40 5BJ click here for further information.

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Cambo Mono2 Studio Stand – The Studio Companion

Cambo Mono2 Studio Stand – The Studio Companion

Noel Read is a Commercial, Industrial and Advertising Photography, based in Milton Keynes.

Noel Read Photography

Noel Read Photography

With 20 years experience in high end digital photography in the studio and on location and an in-depth knowledge of image manipulation, post production and colour management.

When working in a studio environment it is crucial to have stable supports and stands for your equipment, whether your digital cameras and lenses cost £2,000 or £50,000

As you can see Noel works extensively with the Cambo Mono2 Studio stand. When we asked him what he thought about the studio stand he said “Great!” and I suppose it’s the best word. As it’s great quality, great price (meaning low!) and of course great quality and stable shots every time!

You can see more of Noel’s work here

Customisation: If you require a Studio stand cutting to size so you can utilise the height in your studio, contact the Cambo sales team as we have options available.

You can order your Cambo Studio stands from your local Cambo dealer. More information can be found here and the brochures can be downloaded here.

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