Cambo ACTUS-G camera system

Cambo ACTUS-G system

After the introduction of the ACTUS-GFX, we have now upgraded the ACTUS series with the new Cambo ACTUS-G camera system.

Cambo AC-78E

Cambo AC-78E Quick change camera mount

When exchanging camera mounts on the ACTUS-Mini there are 4 screws to remove and it takes more time if you are using different cameras in a busy studio or University.

The ACTUS-G is supplied with an interchangeable bayonet holder enabling you to change over the camera system by flipping a lever.

By using the AC-78E it opens up the platform, existing camera baronets can be used for DSLR and mirrorless camera bodies.

Cambo are already famous for manufacturing modular camera systems and the ACTUS-G fits perfectly within this product roadmap.

MODULARITY

Cambo cameras can be adapted to many different DSLR and mirror systems, as a modular system there are also various upgrades available. Let’s take a look at what is available for the ACTUS-G.

The AC-792 mount is available for use with the Fuji GFX50s making the ACTUS-GFX system. By adding the AC-793 for the Hasselblad X1D, the Cambo is converted to the ACTUS-XCD system.

Both ACTUS-GFX and ACTUS-XCD are available for purchase as a complete package.

For medium format digital back users; the ACDB-989 adapter can be used and attaches directly to the ACTUS-G. This adapter frame accepts the SLW range of camera adapters to support digital backs from Phase One, Mamiya Leaf, Hasselblad and Sinar.

When adapting different camera mounts, a dedicated bellows will also need to be changed. As our bellows are magnetic this is very quick and easy to do.

All lenspanels and bellows are compatible with the ACTUS range of camera systems.

CONVERSION KITS

Existing ACTUS-Mini owners can upgrade to the ACTUS-G with the ACB-979 This conversion comes complete with the rear standard with lever and height adjuster for the front standard.

You can then select which adapter you want to use; AC78E, AC-792, AC-793 or ACDB-989.

ACB-980 conversion kit to create a version for use with Fuji GFX50s.

ACB-981 conversion kit to create a version for use with Hasselblad X1D.

Cambo AC-792 Fuji Adapter

Cambo AC-792 Fuji Adapter

The full range of ACTUS cameras include the ACTUS-Mini, ACTUS-G, ACTUS-DB and ACTUS-XL

More information can be found here Cambo.com/ACTUS and Cambo.com/ACTUS-XL

For further information and pricing contact your local Cambo dealer, or email  Cambo with your enquiry.

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Cambo Vlogger Video Pedestal VPS-1

Cambo Vlogger Video Pedestal VPS-1

When setting up a blog studio, there is a lot of talk about camera systems, green screen, lighting and audio components to make the end production a professional experience.

Many bloggers use a tripod, but this isn’t the best way of setting up the camera in the right position. I know this as I blog often and the camera gets shifted and moved from pillar to post. So what do the bloggers or Vloggers use in their studios?

You may have heard of Michael Stevens of VSauce. The Vlog he hosts has 12+Million subscribers reviewing scientific, psychological, mathematical, and philosophical topics, as well as on gaming, technology, culture, Vsauce Youtube Channel

Cambo Vlogger Video Pedestal VPS-1

In the green screen studio he uses a camera, with rig and teleprompter all supported by the Cambo VPS-1 Video Pedestal, the load capacity is up to 30kg.

The VPS-1 is ideal for studio use as you can move the kit very easily as the column is fitted with the VPD-9 dolly wheels. Plus for those that have cables strewn across the floor you can fit the VPD-510 Cable Mover to each dolly wheel. No more snags and smooth operation.

Cambo VPS-1 Pedestal Kit

Cambo VPS-1 Pedestal Kit

You can see more here about the VPS-1 system, kits are available to extend the pneumatic column and options to convert for video track use.

A complete kit consisting of VPS-1, Dolly, 150/300mm Extensions and Cable Movers €2,538.00 that’s around £2,248.00 (at today’s exchange rate) ex.TAX/VAT and delivery.

For further information about the VPS-1 and Video Rigs contact your local Cambo dealer, or email  Cambo with your enquiry.

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Cambo Digital Back Adapter ACDB-989

More great news for the owners of Cambo Actus camera systems.

Cambo have now introduced the ACDB-989 adapter plate so you can attach a digital back adapter to the Actus series.

Cambo Actus ACDB-989

Cambo Actus ACDB-989

Why launch a new adapter?

One of the areas that Cambo have excelled in for many years is education. Rewind 10 to 12 years ago and the X2Pro system was a hit offering the photographer movement with their DSLR. In the education market it was great for the college as their students could use the X2Pro with Canon or Nikon camera mounts.

Many colleges and university’s use the Actus Mini camera with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, Pentax, Olympus, 4/3 and Fuji X.

Then with the introduction of the Actus DB/2 for digital backs this enabled Cambo to add Hasselblad, Phase One and Mamiya Leaf digital backs. However, the thought process didn’t end there. Cambo were looking ahead to see what else would fit within their roadmap and of course it was an easy transition to manufacture a mount to accept camera systems such as the Fuji GFX50s and Hasselblad X1D.

What’s so different about this adapter?

Earlier I mentioned the colleges and university’s. With the ever growing range of cameras available and with more education institutions using digital camera backs, not only was the adaptability important but also the speed of changeover.

Remember the days of when the original Actus (mini) was launched and the camera fitting could only be changed by removing 4 tiny screws? Often I dropped the screws and not long after changing the mount I would have another student asking me to change it back – frustration!

Cambo ACDB-989

Cambo ACDB-989

The quick release lever was introduced by Cambo – joy! I can now swap over the camera mount and have a Fuji GFX or Hasselblad X1D ready to go in seconds. Great for commercial studios that use both cameras.

Cambo AC-792 Fuji Adapter

Cambo AC-792 Fuji Adapter

Now we have the opportunity of using a digital back. The ACDB-989 enables you to add a Hasselblad, Phase One or Mamiya Leaf digital back. Great news as I can swap out whichever camera is required for the job or use the camera the student wants to test.

And the advantage is?

Well, I always harp on about adaptability and dare I say “Modularity” but this is a word I often use when using Cambo technical cameras.

Remember the Ultima camera that accepts the SLW adapters? There is also the Wide RS that uses the SLW adapters – yes you’ve guessed it, the ACDB-989 also uses the SLW adapter plates.

Cambo Actus ACDB-989

Cambo Actus ACDB-989

So although you may change over cameras the SLW adapter plates are compatible and can remain attached to your digital back – no shimming required!

Cambo SLW Interface Plates

Cambo SLW Interface Plates

For a college or university – and commercial studios – that may have 4 or 5 adapter plates that’s the total sum of €3,000.00, money you don’t have to spend when upgrading.

Also, the change over save so much time. The original screw type camera adapter could take 5/10 minutes – now it’s seconds.

The ACDB-989 is available from your local Cambo dealer. Price €429.00 excluding VAT/Tax and shipping.

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Cambo QR-XL Long Plate

Cambo QR-XL Long Plate

With the recent introduction of the PCH (Precision Control Head) many landscape and architectural photographers have given Cambo the thumbs up and are pleased with the control this new head offers.

Cambo PCH QRXL

Cambo PCH showing QR-XL plate

Photographers wishing to use medium format or DSLRs with longer lenses, balance is important, the QR-XL long plate enables you to re-position and find the centre of gravity. When capturing spherical and 360º images this plate is used for setting the nodal point enabling you to capture images accurately for stitching. There is sufficient length for cameras when working with VR, measuring 203mm and has an accurate 180mm engraved scale.

Cambo QR-XL plate

Cambo QR-XL plate

The QR-XL dove tail plate is Arca compatible and can be used with the CBH-6 ball head. There are two slots each measuring 80mm to give you more options when using different sized cameras and lenses.

A standard 1/4” camera screw is provided and an end stop is fixed to give security and prevents the plate from sliding fully out of the tripod head.

The QR-XL is available from your local Cambo dealer. Price €125.00 excluding VAT/Tax and shipping.

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Cambo Actus Fuji GFX50s Panorama

Cambo Actus Fuji GFX50s Panorama

Fuji GFX50 panorama

Following on from our review we are now going to show the Cambo Actus Fuji GFX50s Panorama. This blog will show the process of how we stitched the images. The software we will be using is RAW File Converter v2.0 powered by SilkyPix. This will pull out the data required to prepare the files for stitching in Photoshop CC2018.

The SilkyPix software will give you full control over the exposure bias, white balance, sharpness, tone, saturation and lens aberration to produce  TIFF or JPEG files. This is of course dependent on the output or display required i.e. high quality print or website images.

Why are we blogging the Cambo Fuji combination?

First this is not a comparison of cameras; Fuji, Canon, Nikon etc or digital backs Hasselblad Phase One etc. The point is to show the compatibility of a system to enable photographers to use a technical camera with movement, in this first instance shift, rise and fall to capture an image produced by the lens image circle.

Secondly, there is an advantage using a mirrorless system. As the sensor is further forward you will be able to use wider angle lenses. A DSLR with a mirror box is restricted to 60mm.

Third and finally, this whole exercise is to show how accurately you can stitch images with a high quality technical camera as the digital plane (aka film plane) is parallel, hence the stitch will be exact (providing you have no tripod or shutter shake.)

Image Circle?

You may have read my previous articles about image stitching, showing how you can move the sensor around this circle thus capturing multiple images that will enable you to produce a much larger picture. To refresh check this link Fuji XT1 where you can see the basic principles.

Creating the Panorama

Wherever possible it will make your life easier to shoot at the correct exposure, in some cases bracket so that you can pull detail from the sky or highlight areas. Don’t rely on the software as this will never produce a better result as the file will be pulled in noise terms and pixel stretching can also be a problem. It’s better to have too many images, than not enough and a failed shoot.

We captured 9 images within the image circle. However there was plenty of overlap to create the final stitched result. Working on my trusty MacBook Pro (4 years old now) it took 4 minutes to process to full TIFF files generating a file 146.3Mb. The total stitch via Photoshop CC2018 took 6 minutes creating a 492.6Mb file (2.1Gb editable layered document.)

Fuji GFX50 vignette

The GFX50s body was pushed to the maximum and as you would expect there is vignetting as the image circle is 75mm. This image measures 16473(w) x 10452(h) pixels at 300 ppi.

When stitching in PSCC2018 there is an option you may wish to consider; Content-Aware fill which takes care of the edge mis-alignment if you experience tripod shake. Checking the Vignette option has no affect on the image as we are at the extremities of the lens.

Considering we have stitched 9 images, there is a huge amount of additional image when compared to the original file. The total stitch at 16473 x 10452 requires cropping as the vignette area is unusable.

129+ MILLION PIXELS

Having cropped the vignette area, the file is reduced to 13926 x 9284, 369.9Mb 300ppi versus an original file 8256 x 6192, 153.5Mb 300ppi. The red crop is the original file size produced by the GFX50s. As you can see the pixel gain is MORE THAN 2.5X

Stitched (Useable) 13926 x 9284 = 129,288,984 pixels, print output 117.91 x 78.6cm 300dpi.

Original 8256 x 6192 = 51,121,152 pixels, print output 69.9 x 52.43cm 300dpi.

You will probably appreciate the increase in image capture area more when we display the red crop vertically.

Fuji GFX50 crop

The larger the image circle, the more you can move the sensor to capture data. However, bear in mind the quality of the lens and resolution will determine the final result.

We have shown you the best way to capture the maximum image information from the lens circle. This will vary depending on the lens used. For a true panorama image and effect, I would crop the top and bottom, of course the final decision is the photographers. And here is the stitched image.

Fuji GFX50 Panorama

For further information about the Actus GFX and lens combinations contact your local Cambo dealer, or contact Cambo by email with your enquiry.

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Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018 from all the Cambo employees and associates.

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HappyNewYear2018

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Cambo Laptop Table

Cambo Laptop Table

Cambo Laptop Table CT-460 can be fixed to any light stand or tripod with a 16mm spigot mount, 1/4” or 3/8” screw thread.

Cambo CT460 laptop table

Cambo CT460 laptop table

The table measures 49cm(w) x 27cm(h) and weighs 1.4kg including the fixture mount.

Cambo CT460 Laptop Table

Cambo CT460 Laptop Table

This is a particularly useful item to have in the studio when shooting in small spaces and you wish to tether your camera system to a laptop. Equally, its ideal for when you wish to shoot on-location as its portable and easy to pack away.

The CT460 is available from you local Cambo dealer, to find your dealer check the map or contact Cambo by email with your enquiry.

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