Cambo Actar 60mm – Stitching Images

Cambo Actar 60mm – Stitching Images

Following on from our shoot with the Actar 24mm, we were in a good location to capture images with the recently launched Actar 60mm f4 lens.

Within half an hour of shooting with the 24mm the light turned golden and although it looked warmer, trust me it was much colder!

charles2 The Actar 60mm is supplied fitted with a lens plate that slots directly in the front standard of the Cambo Actus camera platform. It is compatible with Mirrorless cameras. The large image circle of 75mm enables you to shift the camera body 19mm left and 19mm right, a huge 38mm shift producing an effective 66mm x 54mm stitched sensor capture – as its a longer lens there is not the distortion effect you obtain from a wide angle lens.

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Actor 60mm f4 Lens

Again you need to find the infinity of the lens but this is easier to achieve as its a longer lens. We will be covering this soon, a short video will explain the process.

For this test we used the following; Cambo Actus Mini View Camera, Sony A7R, Actar 60mm lens, Standard bellows, CBH-6 ball and socket head and Manfrotto 055 CF tripod.

Using the Sony to meter the exposure at ISO50 was 1.0 sec at F16. The RAW file was captured with the generic Sony profile and a 2 second self timer was used to avoid camera shake.

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As already mentioned the lens image circle is quite large, 75mm, so can be shifted horizontally 19mm left and 19mm right. For this test we shifted 10mm left and 10mm right. Again we chose not to use the rise and fall as the ground and sky wasn’t very appealing.

Once the RAW files were captured we imported the files into Capture One Sony Express and processed them using the Sony Generic profile, 16Bit and saved as a TIFF file to preserve the data. Capture One pre-set sharpening was used, as shown below, there was no need to increase this.

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The only real change was the warmer natural light, so we enhanced the contrast to keep as much detail in the image. I prefer the warm light, its much more pleasing to the eye.

The Photoshop layered file to be stitched is 929.8MB layered file, 322MB (flattened.) The TIFF file is 1.24GB. The pixel dimension of the capture is 11456 x 4912 at 300dpi / Print output 38.18” x 16.37” 300dpi.

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The Photoshop CC2015 auto merge, content aware and edge fill process was the same as when we processed the Actar 24mm files.

The images we use for the blog are 1080 wide at 72dpi, reduced to manage on the blog. The cropped imaged was taken from the middle of the panorama at 100% (approx.) zoom. The file is 8.8MB, 1893 x 812 at 300 dpi with a print output of 6.31” x 2.7” at 300dpi. I have been too generous with the crop produced by the Actar 24mm as the size of these files should be the same.

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The Actar 60mm is a better lens for this type of work. Of course longer lenses will suffer less with distortion and lens aberrations, we are also cropping into the image area which is far more effective when shooting a panoramic image.

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Cambo Actar 24mm – Stitching Images

Cambo Actar 24mm – Stitching Images

Cambo has built a reputation for designing and manufacturing technical cameras and more recently the Actus system has been proven a favourite choice for many landscape and architectural photographer.

During the recent OnLandscape Conference “A Meeting of Minds” the Actus was on show along with the Actar 24mm and 60mm lenses. The weather was horrendous and now the storms have disappeared we ventured out to test the current Actar lens offerings.

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The Actar 24mm is designed to be used with the Actus as it comes complete with a lens plate that locks direct into the front standard. Although photographers are adopting to mirrorless camera systems the majority of users have DSLR systems from Canon and Nikon and require a wide angle lens for the Actus that will focus the extra distance to compensate for the mirror box. This is the reason why there is a large rear element on this lens.

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When using a mirrorless camera the focus is racked back a little more away from the lens than a DSLR with mirror box. The lens is inserted into the front standard and locked in place by a lever. Before you shoot any images it is important to find the lens infinity point. Your dealer can show you how to do this, although we will cover this in another blog.

For this test we used the following; Cambo Actus Mini View Camera, Sony A7R, Actar 24mm lens, Standard bellows, CBH-6 ball and socket head and Manfrotto 055 CF tripod.

Using the Sony to meter the exposure at ISO50 was 1/8 sec at F16. The RAW file was captured with generic Sony profile and 2 second self timer to avoid camera shake.

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The lens image circle is quite large, 60mm, so can be shifted horizontally 12mm left and 12mm right. For this shot we shifted 10mm left and 10mm right. We chose not to use the rise and fall as the ground and sky wasn’t very appealing.

Once the RAW files were captured we imported the files into Capture One Sony Express and processed them using the Sony Generic profile, 16Bit and saved as a TIFF file to preserve the data. Capture One pre-set sharpening was used, as shown below, there was no need to increase this. The hand rail and window detail is sharp.

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The auto merge in Photoshop CC2015 is extremely good. We had a slight edge to the left and bottom of the file when merging, probably due to the positioning of my tripod on the cobbled paving!

Select Content Aware when using auto merge and this will calculate the edge fill. Photoshop does a great job of this and as you can see from the image you can’t tell this adjustment has been made. The ant trail is shown on the image, select the Content aware tool and click on the ant trail to complete the fill.

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The Photoshop layered file to be stitched is 938.6MB layered file, 322MB (flattened.) The TIFF file is 1.59GB. The pixel dimension of the capture is 11456 x 4912 at 300dpi / Print output 38.18” x 16.37” 300dpi.

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The images we use for the blog are 1080 wide at 72dpi, reduced to manage on the blog. The cropped imaged was taken from the middle of the panorama at 100% zoom. The file is 15.7MB, 2528 x 1087 at 300 dpi with a print output of 8.42” x 3.6” at 300dpi.

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The day started and ended with mist. The image was captured around 14:30 and there was still a small amount of mist across the distant Elizabethan building.

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Meeting of Minds Conference 2016

Cambo showed the Actus Mini View Camera at the Meeting of Minds Conference organised by OnLandscape. It was a chance to meet, greet and show photographers that specialise in landscape photography the flexibility of using a technical camera in the field, using a DSLR and their choice of lens – from the wide range of fittings available.

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Since the conference in 2014 Cambo have introduced a wide range of product accessories for the Actus Mini view and also manufactured a version for digital back photographers, the Actus DB2. You can read more about the Actus DB2 here. This was a test we did in the Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton using Leaf digital camera backs with digital lenses.

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Actus Mini View Camera

The Actus Mini View camera is continually evolving. Cambo introduced extended rails and bellows for longer lenses and macro photography. As they progressed the demand was further increased and new lenses were introduced.

First there was a requirement for a wide angle that could simply slot in the front plate and be used with Mirrorless cameras such as Sony and Fuji, but also the majority users of Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

The Actar 24mm was introduced and is a good lens for architecture and landscape photography. The rear element was designed with the Canon/Nikon photographers in mind as they can use this lens and there is no longer a restriction for photographers to use a Mirrorless camera.

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Actar 24

Actus and Actar 24

Actus and Actar 24

Cambo then launched the Actar 60mm at Photokina 2016. You can read more about this lens here. The 60mm is the ideal companion for landscape photographers. The lens will work with Mirrorless cameras such as Sony, Fuji and Olympus.

During the event a new lens by Irix was used. This is a 15mm wide angle lens, 110 degree angle of view, designed for both landscape and architectural photography. As this lens is very wide, 110 degrees, you will need a Mirrorless camera when fitted to the Actus. This lens is designed to have minimum distortion, anti glare and good colour balance with the Neutrino Coating and the image circle is around 56mm.

When using the Actus and Irix 15mm with the full frame Sony A7, the 24×36 sensor can be shifted 10mm left and right, also 10mm up and down (rise/fall.) Keeping the same format the effective sensor will be 44x56mm. We’ll publish results of using this lens soon.

This lens is available with Canon, Nikon or Pentax K mount. It certainly gives photographers more wide angle options and there are lens plates available in Canon and Nikon fit for the Actus.

Irix 15mm f2.4

Irix 15mm f2.4

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Cambo Actus REPRO

Cambo ACTUS REPRO

When capturing objects and fine art it is important to use a heavy duty copystand to prevent vibration. The Cambo RPS system is designed to support camera systems and components up to 10Kg. Its modular to suit your requirements; whether you wish to mount the RPS to the wall, have a free standing system, with LED or an under lighting system – one of these combinations will suit your needs.

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Cambo RPS

Since launching the RPS at Photokina 2010, the system has been supplied Worldwide to photographers, museums libraries and archives.

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Cambo RPS testing

Our specialist dealers supply Cambo technical cameras together with lenses specifically designed for close up and macro work, as well as camera shift for stitching images to produce larger image files. These cameras are supplied with digital backs from Hasselblad, Mamiya Leaf or Phase One. To enable the camera and lens to synchronise there is a digital shutter controller available and this combination will produce the best results.

Cambo WRC400 Rodenstock E Shutter

Cambo WRC400 Rodenstock E Shutter

In 2014 the Cambo launched the Actus. A high quality compact camera system that took the market by storm as the platform was small, it was lightweight and offered most of the movement a photographer would need when shooting landscape and architecture.

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Cambo Actus and Sony A7

Of course it wasn’t long until photographers wanted to do more with the Actus. Extend the bellows to shoot macro, reduce the bellows to shoot wider shots and also swap the DSLR/Mirror camera for a digital back. Cambo were already developing the accessories for these demands.

As digital sensors became larger and the pixel/resolution increased it became obvious there would be many benefits when using an Actus with a DSLR/Mirrorless camera for archiving cultural heritage. Okay, you could buy a macro lens and mount it to a DSLR but what you can also do with the Actus is shift the camera horizontal and vertical to capture a stitched image, hence producing a larger high resolution file. As the resolution of DSLR/Mirrorless systems increased, Cambo paid particular attention to the demands of the archivists and developed a solution that will fit to their budget without sacrificing the  build quality.

Cambo Actus REPRO

Cambo Actus REPRO

Controlling the copystand is also important as you don’t want the camera system to vibrate causing the system to misalign. The RPS comes complete with a hand control that has speed control to raise and lower the camera into position. By using the Camera Live View you can move the camera into position and frame accurately by varying the motor speed.

Camera manufacturers have also improved the live view ten fold, so can easily frame the shot with the motorised control of the RPS, see the exact composition and check focus through your monitor. 

The front of the Actus is permanently fixed so that there is the best parallel plane between the lens and sensor. The rear standard has full horizontal/vertical shift for stitching large files according to the lens/image circle. Cambo recommend using digital lenses with the Copal 0 or 1 lens plate. You can select from a wide range of lens plates; Copal 0, Copal 1, M39, Leica-R, Nikon F, Canon EOS, Hasselblad V, Mamiya RZ/RB, Mamiya 645ProTL and Pentax 645.

For further information about the Cambo Actus REPRO system contact your dealer, or find your nearest supplier via the Cambo website; cambo.com email; sales@cambo.com

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Luxury Real Estate Photography by Barry Grossman

Luxury Real Estate Photography by Barry Grossman

Barry is a professional architectural and interior design photographer based in South Florida. As a professional photographer with over 23 years experience he works closely with architects, interior designers, public relations firms and advertising agencies. Barry’s photography assignments have taken his creative team from Florida to New York, Las Vegas to the Bahamas and Atlanta to Cancun. Barry’s images are consistently published. His clients are seen internationally in books, trade publications and magazines including Architectural Digest, Florida Architecture, Florida Design, Luxe, and Miami Design among many others.

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How did you become a photographer? 

I began my career in commercial photography shortly after graduating film school where I minored in photography. I have always wanted to tell stories with my images.  As a filmmaker, I was drawn to interior space and often used architectural elements to help convey my narratives and help define my characters. Many personal projects centralised the story of the environments and the people who lived within them. Atmosphere was integral to what inspired me artistically as a filmmaker, cinematographer and stills photographer.

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What persuaded you to shoot interiors?

Working with the interior design community just seemed to make sense and I love the artistic temperament of my clients and the specialty allows me to express myself, while telling the story of my designer’s work.

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What type of customers do you shoot for?

For over 25 years I have had my primary clientele be interior designers, primarily residential, but nearly as often, designers and architects of commercial spaces. From my experience, the collaboration of photographer and interior designer is a very artistically motivating one.

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Why did you choose to invest in the Cambo System?

I have owned a Phase One camera since 2003 and I have upgraded their digital backs every 3 year or so. Late-2015, I started to research their IQ260 and really wanted to bring my work to the next level. It made perfect sense for me to begin utilising the best technical camera and lens system to go along with my new Phase One digital back. The Cambo WRS 5000 does everything I need as an architectural shooter. I am able to refine my work and achieve the absolute best in image quality with this extremely elegant system. I love the feel of the camera… I love the look of the camera. Most important, I truly enjoy setting it up each day and working with it because I have what I consider to be the best combination of quality, ease-of-use and camera design in the industry.

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Many photographers ask for lens recommendations. Which lenses do you mainly use and do you have any of the Cambo WTS versions – with the Tilt/Swing panel?

I employ the following lenses, which are all Rodenstock: 23mm HR Digaron-S, 32mm HR Digaron-W, WTS40mm HR Digaron-W and WTS70mm HR Digaron-W.

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Each lens functions beautifully with the Cambo system. My primary lenses for my interiors work are the 23, 32 and 40mm. The WTS lenses with Tilt/Swing capability is fantastic and brings me very close to the functionality of my old view camera with the ability to control depth of field and plane of focus.

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Do you have any other cameras, lenses, or any useful gadgets in you kitbag we should know about?

I am so impressed with my tripods by Really Right Stuff and I use two of them.  My primary camera support is the TVC-34L and for small travel shoots, I love their tiny TVC-24.  I also utilise the Arca Swiss Cube head for my camera support and it’s an essential tool to go along with the precision of the Cambo WRS 5000.  I am also very fortunate to own Profoto strobes and employ B1, and D1 units for my work.

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Finally, what is you capture process and how do you manage your Workflow?

These days, our workflow has become streamlined. Most of our work involves shooting multiple exposures and what I call, “lighting layers.” These different photos are accomplished with the precision that the Cambo system offers. It is extremely important that the digital files are exactly registered as one pixel off can become problematic to my post-production process. A typical shot will involve 15-20 test images as we compose the shot, adjust the subject matter to suit the designer’s and photographer’s artistic vision.

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Once the frame is set, I usually shoot an ambient frame, sometimes several of differing exposure values. This is followed by anywhere from 2, 3, 5 or sometimes 10 or more “lighting layers” where my assistant or I will move throughout the frame adding fill, or adding accent lighting to create depth, drama or allow for technical value i.e. correct colour balance or tone rendition. Once all that is complete, we move on to the next shot!

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Usually, the following day, we are in our studio processing the RAW files in Capture One Pro software. Once the files are output, we will open them into Photoshop where we work our magic. This technique offers great functionality and efficiency, but also allows for creative use of lighting while on-set. All this would be very hard to accomplish with equipment less advanced than the Cambo and Phase One, in harmony.

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As it pertains to file delivery, I will usually finalise my images as 16bit RGB files and archive those.  Most often, these days, I will also save a max-quality Jpeg file and upload that to a private server for my clients to review and eventually download.

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Thanks Barry, we appreciate your feedback and sending us sample images. You can see more at www.grossmanphoto.com and his most recent work at www.luxuryrealestatephotography.com

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For further information about the Cambo Wide RS and Actus system contact your dealer, or find your nearest supplier via the Cambo website; cambo.com email; sales@cambo.com

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CAMBO AT PHOTOPLUS, NEW YORK

CAMBO AT PHOTOPLUS NEW YORK

Cambo welcomes you to the Cambo booth nr. 358 on the PhotoPlus in New York City.

PhotoPlus 2016 will be held in the Javits Center in Manhattan, the Expo is running from 20nd to 22nd of October 2016.

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Cambo booth nr. 358

Cambo will shown the range of Tech cameras, including the new Wide RS 1600 and the new ACTUS series, along with other accessories. Also the new mid-range MBX Studio Stand will be shown.

You can find more information here Photoplus Expo

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New Cambo WRS Canon Lens Mount

New Cambo WRS Canon Lens Mount

Cambo announced at Photokina 2016; the new Wide RS Canon lens mount that will give photographers more lens options when shooting landscape and architecture.

Cambo Wide RS Canon Lens Mount

Cambo Wide RS Canon Lens Mount

Mr Koop van Benthem, MD, said “It’s an exciting time for Cambo to bring more functionality to the Wide RS range of cameras. We built a similar lens mount for the Actus camera and photographers using the WRS now have the same flexibility.”

Cambo Canon Lens Mount fitted to the Wide RS

Cambo Canon Lens Mount fitted to the Wide RS

Further information will follow.

Cambo Wide RS with Canon Lens

Cambo Wide RS with Canon Lens

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