How to choose your Cambo Actus with the Configurator

How to choose your Cambo Actus with the Configurator

As many of our subscribed readers are aware Cambo manufacture camera systems that are renowned to be modular designed in design, enabling your investment to be upgraded as new digital systems become available.

The Actus has opened up many doors to photographers. Not only is there options to change the digital capture device, whether a digital back, DSLR or DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) but also to adapt a wider range of lenses.

To help you buy the correct components Cambo have a Configurator on the website. Here is the link https://www.cambo.com/en/configurator/

Simply select the Actus Mini Camera System (this will select the correct Cambo Actus version), select the Digital Camera body and the lens plate required.

Example;

If you select Fuji GFX, the camera is ACTUS-GFX. You will see a wide range of lens mounts and lenses from 24mm to 120mm from Cambo. The Medium format lens mounts will accept lenses that will create an image circle to cover the GFX and more importantly focus.

When selecting ACB-0 and ACB-1 you will need a lens that has an image circle to cover the sensor. Legacy lenses from Schneider and Rodenstock are quite common and many are available from your local Cambo stockist.

For further advice contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales.

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CAMBO ACTUS WITH CANON EOS-R

CAMBO ACTUS WITH CANON EOS-R

Cambo as expected have extended camera compatibility for the ACTUS by introducing a new camera mount for the Canon EOS-R series.

Canon EOS R

Canon EOS-R

This is in addition to the recently announced mounts for Nikon and Leica-SL/Panasonic.

Now all new Mirrorless cameras are catered for and photographers can choose which solution they want to use, this makes the transition of adding a technical camera to your equipment list inexpensive.

For further advice contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales. You can also check out the Cambo website.

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Ken Doo and his Cambo One-Lens-Wonder

Ken Doo and his Cambo One-Lens-Wonder

Ken Doo recently retired as a professional portrait photographer in Carmel, CA. During his eighteen-year career, he received numerous accolades of excellence for his artistry. Now, as an empty-nester, Ken plans on travelling to do more landscape photography with his Cambo WRS1600.  He continues to keep busy as a fine art printer for artists and photographers. See, www.carmelfineartprinting.com  Some of his landscape photography can be seen at www.houseoflandscapes.com

You probably noticed from my images that my favorite lens is the Rodenstock HR40 t/s.  I also have the Rodenstock HR70 t/s, the Schneider 120mm t/s, and a Canon 17mm TSE with Cambo WRE-CA adapter.  I use the HR40 probably 90+% of the time on my Cambo WRS1600. I just really enjoy the perspective and this lens is simply wonderful to use. Although I usually take an LCC shot for processing in Capture One Pro, it often is rarely needed with the HR40. I look forward to seeing even more improvements with Phase One’s new IQ4 150 MFDB with its Sony BSI sensor.  I call the combination of my Cambo and HR40 my One-Lens-Wonder.  I can easily take a photography landscape trip with this one lens and be content.

Cambo WRS1600 and WRS334

Cambo WRS1600

I use the Cambo WRS1600 because it allows me to enjoy photography in its purest form. Aside from the technical bells and whistles of the Phase One IQ3 100 MFDB, the Cambo camera’s simplicity belies its well-thought out design, engineering, and craftsmanship. It affords me full movements and the ability to rotate the MFDB without removing it from the camera. I mostly use rise and fall, sometimes a bit of shift and a touch of tilt.  With my One-Lens-Wonder, I am able to pack smaller and lighter than with other camera systems, yet enjoy the best that photography has to offer me.

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Cambo WRS1600 showing rotation

 

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Cambo WRS-1600 and WRE-CA

 

Image Information

  1. Queens Bath, Kauai, Hawaii. Photographed with Cambo WRS 1600, Phase One IQ3 100, WRE-CA and Canon 17mm TSE
  2. House on Fire, Bluff, UT.  Photographed with Cambo WRS 1600, Phase One IQ3 100, WRE-CA and Canon 17mm TSE
  3. Lower South Falls, Oregon.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  4. Lower North Falls, Oregon.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  5. Middle North Falls, Oregon.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  6. Garrapata, Big Sur. Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  7. Bonzai Rock, Lake Tahoe.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  8. Carmel Sunset.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1600, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  9. Carmel Mission Door.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ260 Achromatic, HR40 t/s

To see more of Ken Doo’s work; Ken Doo Photography

For further advice contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales. You can also check out the Cambo website.

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Small Is Beautiful

Small Is Beautiful

As digital camera backs reduced in size, camera systems have steadily followed adopting the formats and adapting to the wide range of manufacturers camera mounts.

In July 2014 I received the Cambo Actus camera platform and was very surprised to see how small it was, miniaturised, but when assembled with the bellows, lens and digital camera it was not only solid but smooth in operation. It was a pleasant surprise that such a small camera platform could produce such exquisite results.

To show you the difference in size here is a comparison with the Ultima 23.

Cambo Actus Size

In August 2018 we blogged “Trading wood for metal, a difficult decision” by Richard Childs, which details his changeover to digital and of course his decision to use the Cambo Actus.

Now Richard has travelled to Iceland we take a look into his kitbag. Yes, there is an Actus in the bag, but look how small it is. Small is Beautiful.

“This is literally all of my gear these days (bar an extra Benro tripod) and we’re all off to Iceland in just two days time. The A7r3 arrived this morning and I can’t wait to get it on the back of the Actus. The A7r2 will be my back up now but will probably sit with the 24mm ts lens permanently attached for speed of set up in faster changing light.” 

Cambo Actus Kit

The shot below captured by Richard is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. “A crazy busy place these days but seriously good in today’s light.”

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon ©Richard Childs

To see more of Richards work click here or if you’re passing why not pop in to his gallery: Richard Childs Gallery Maws Craft Centre, Unit B1, Ferry Rd, Jackfield TF8 7LS

For further advice about the Actus and range of lens options contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales. You can also check out the Cambo website.

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Cambo AC-791 for LEICA SL

Cambo AC-791 for LEICA SL

The AC-791 Bayonet Holder is an optional accessory for the ACTUS-G series that allows you to mount a Leica SL mirrorless camera body to the interchangeable rear standard of the ACTUS-G base. This bayonet is fully compatible with the newly announced L-mount alliance between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma.

Cambo AC-791

Cambo AC-791

As with other ACTUS adaptors, there is a lever to quickly change the camera orientation between landscape and portrait.

L Mount Alliance

The advantage of using the ACTUS-G series is that you can quickly swap the rear camera bayonet holders. The LEICA SL bayonet can be replaced with the AC-78E holder and the AC-792 for Fujifilm GFX or AC-793 for Hasselblad X1D.

Cambo Actus Leica SL

Cambo Actus and Leica SL

Cambo’s modularity enables photographers to use the new SL camera systems. The Leica SL is available now. Panasonic’s S1/S1R and Sigma full frame cameras are due for launch in 2019.

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For further information and specification contact Cambo  technical sales.

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Jonathan Oakes Manchester Studios

Jonathan Oakes Manchester Studios

My career began after graduating from the renowned Blackpool College as Student of the Year. I immediately began to assist photographers in the advertising and design fields and in 1988 I founded my own studio in central Manchester.

In 2011 I was invited to hold an exhibition of my work entitled SEE33, a retrospective comprising 33 both commissioned and personal images ranging from early work to the present. The exhibition was also hosted online by The Association of Photographers in 2012.

One of my portraits from the National Portrait gallery permanent collection, the actress Maxine Peake, has recently been exhibited as part of a special exhibition of “Portraits by Contemporary photographers” in Rm 39A.

A photograph begins long before the shutter opens. I like to be involved in both the pre and post production aspects of a shoot and that normally means having some input into the casting and styling. I really enjoy the post production process both controlling and manipulating the images personally or in collaboration with other professionals.

I have years of experience in creative and technical collaboration with art directors and designers. I’m experimental, innovative and technical with obsessive attention to detail.  I enjoy the challenges of bringing creative ideas to life and thrive on the stimulation of working in varied environments both in the UK and overseas.

“We have a Cambo stand in both of our studios. They perform well when locking down the camera, they are reliable and extremely stable, especially as we also shoot a lot of products. It just does the job every time.”

You can see more of Jonathan’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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CAMBO ACTUS WITH NIKON Z-SERIES

 

CAMBO ACTUS WITH NIKON Z-SERIES

Prior to Photokina Nikon announce two new mirrorless cameras the Z6 and Z7. Cambo will soon have the Actus version available for the Z series mount bodies, so you will be able to use all the view camera settings such as tilt, swing and selective focus.

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Cambo Actus Nikon-Z

The distance from the Z mount to sensor is 16mm. This means the Cambo Actar range of lenses can be used via the lens boards and various other lenses from Nikon, Canon, Leica, Hasselblad, Mamiya and Pentax.

Nikon Z series

Nikon Z series

System Solution

Cambo Actar lenses are tried and tested already, available now ACTAR-24mm, ACTAR-60mm, ACTAR-80mm, ACTAR-90mm, ACTAR-120 and ACTAR 105mm HR-Macro.

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ACTAR Lens Range

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For further information and specification contact Cambo  technical sales.

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