Cambo X1D Lens Adaptor

Cambo X1D Lens Adaptor

Regular readers of the Cambo blog already know how inventive the company is when they created the ACTUS camera system. It provided options to add the latest digital camera bodies such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad, Fuji and a wide range of lens options.

Now there are options to add manual legacy lenses directly to the Hasselblad X1D and Fuji GFX50s.

The new HV-XCD is a manual lens adaptor to add the Hasselblad-C lenses to the X1D camera body using the electronic shutter function.

Cambo HVXCD Cambo HVXCD_2

When using this lens adapter and lens combination its important that you disable the X1D lens shutter and select the electronic shutter function. This is available when using the latest firmware update v1.17.2 and you can read how to change this on page 92 of the Hasselblad X1D instruction manual.

More information about Hasselblad X1D camera accessories can be obtained from your local Cambo dealer or you can email your questions directly to Cambo.

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New Cambo PCH Tripod Head

New Cambo PCH Tripod Head

Cambo is pleased to announce the new PCH (Precision Controlled Head) tripod head to complement the Actus range of technical cameras and DSLR systems.

Cambo PCH Tripod Head

Cambo PCH Tripod Head

The PCH features tilt, swing and rotation just the same as a ball head however with the addition of precision gears for fine tuned tilt and swing. The precision geared movements are self locking and available in any position of the head.

As with other Cambo heads the top plate rotates 360 degrees, however the new PCH has a full 360 degree rotation at the base enabling precise nodal capture.

The PCH features a quick release top and includes a 1/4” plate. This is the same QR plate that is supplied with the CBH-6, which has a safety lock preventing your camera loosening in the mount. 

When the 1/4” QR mount is removed you can attach the Cambo ACTUS camera and Wide RS camera system. This is an ARCA style mount, and is useful for quickly attaching your camera system, balancing the ACTUS on the head and how close/away you need to position the camera when shooting in the studio or setting up copy stand and macro shots.

PCH Adjustment

An additional function that will benefit most photographers is the ability to adjust the controls to your own preferences. You can adjust the manual and geared movements to the way you want them to be.

  • 360º manual panning at the top and bottom plate
  • Position click indication every 90º at the top and bottom plate
  • 140º X-axis tilt (30º backwards 110º forward)
  • Separate manual (fast) or geared (fine) movement around the X-axis
  • 140º Y-axis pivot (30º backwards 110º forward)
  • Separate manual (fast) or geared (fine) movement around the Y-axis
  • X-, Y- and Z-axis rotate over the same point
  • When X-, Y- and Z-axis locking knobs are open the PCH can move freely
    like a normal spherical head.
  • Adjustable geared friction
  • Adjustable manual friction
  • Arca compatible clamp
  • 4 large spirit levels
  • Durable stainless steel 3/8’’ and 1/4’’ tripod mounting options. 

Size and Weight

  • height: 130 mm (incl. plate)
  • width:  110 mm
  • depth:  102 mm
  • weight: 1200 gram

Availability and Price

The PCH is available now at €984.00 ex.TAX/VAT and shipment. Cambo are taking orders now please contact your local dealer for further information.

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Cambo exhibiting at PHOTOPLUS 2017 NYC

Cambo exhibiting at PHOTOPLUS 2017 NYC

Cambo is exhibiting at the PhotoPlus Exhibition, New York City 26-28th October 2017.

Our reputation is built on quality and showing photographers high quality camera combinations, of technical camera platforms utilising the latest in digital capture technology.

“Come and visit us at our Booth nr.152 to see our latest products; Wide RS1600, ACTUS for Fuji GFX50s and Hasselblad X1D. Try out these cameras with a range of Canon lens adaptors such as the CA-GFX and CA-XCD”

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference +Expo was founded in 1983, and is the largest photography and imaging event in North America. Expo Hours;

  • Thursday, Oct 26th 10am-5pm
  • Friday, Oct 27th 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, Oct 28th 10am-4pm

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Cambo Contax Lens

Cambo Contax lens for the Actus

Cambo have introduced a new lens option; Carl Zeiss Contax Distagon-35mm, for the Actus camera platform.

The lens is fitted into the Actus plate, the helical focussing mount is removed and a manual 15 blade aperture fitted for full control of the lens.

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But wait, it’s not finished there… the lens is perfect for both mirrorless medium format cameras and DSLR’s. It’s especially suitable for Nikon bodies as this has the longest ff-distance due to the new barrel without the helical focus.

The test shot below was captured using the Actus GFX and Fuji GFX50s, with 5mm fall adjustment and horizontal shift enabling a final stitched image.

Museum de Fundatie

Museum de Fundatie

More information about the Contax lens option and Actus camera system can be obtained from your local Cambo dealer or you can email your questions directly to Cambo.

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Antonio Saba Photography

Antonio Saba Photography

Antonio Saba began shooting professionally back in 1987 after receiving his university degree in advertising photography at the European Institute of design in Italy.

After working for more than 20 years with large format film cameras, in 2005 he converted to digital photography and began shooting with a variety of Nikon DSLRs.

How did you discover Medium format digital systems?

“In 2013 I moved my main business to Dubai, and last year I was introduced to the marvel of the Cambo WRS system from the fellows that I rent my gear from, HotColdStudio, Dubai.

I decided to purchase; a Cambo WRS5000, two Rodenstock lenses 28mm HR Digaron-S, 70mm HR Digaron-W and a Phase One IQ150 digital camera back.”

Why did you purchase the Cambo system?

“In the past I had been using Perspective Control lenses with my DLSR. They proved impossible to produce the results I wanted because the rear shift movement was too small, lens distortion is an issue and the lack of quality at the edge of the lenses was also a problem.

What I really love about the Cambo WRS5000 is the feeling to be back to my long time, missed, view camera, with very precise rear shift plus rise and fall movements. To add to this the lenses produce amazing quality images, they are sharp edge to edge. The Wide RS lens locking mount is precise, and all together the camera is extremely lightweight and portable – especially when compared to the old days using large format camera systems.”

What type of photography do you shoot with your digital system?

“I use the WRS5000 for architectural, landscape and lifestyle fine art photography. I mainly shoot advertising for the luxury hospitality industry with my latest commercial work being for The Peninsula Tokyo, The Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai and The Shangri-La Hotel Dubai.

Besides having lots of work in the pipeline I have recently completed images for my new coffee table book of fine art photography “Antonio Saba, Chasing Beauty.” This will be ready and printed early December 2017.”

Behind The Scenes

Antonio has a great team working with him and he certainly captures the beauty within these scenes and brings them to the fore in his photoshoot. We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we did.

You can see more of Antonio’s work here Website

More information about the Wide RS cameras can be obtained from your local Cambo dealer or you can email your questions directly to Cambo.

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Cambo Focus Stacking solution

Cambo Focus Stacking solution

New innovations are developed for a wide range of camera systems, mainly DSLR’s as the market for these products is huge. Various image stacking systems have been available for a number of years and only recently have we seen Phase One build a stacking solution into their medium format camera system, the Mamiya DF+.

However, if you use a technical camera platform with movement the stacking solution will be required to move the focus of the technical camera. This will have to be extremely accurate as any movement applied will require fine focus adjustments.

Why use stacking? 

When shooting macro photography the depth of field produced from lenses is reduced even when the lens aperture is closed. A stacking solution captures a series of images that can be blended together to produce an image with greater depth of field.

Ultima Stackshot

Cambo Ultima Stackshot

By using a technical camera the depth of focus can be increased or you can adjust the plane of focus i.e. across the edge of the subject. Adding a stacking option gives you more depth across the focus plane. A truly powerful imaging combination.

Cambo ACXL-985

Cambo ACXL-985

Cognisys have developed a solution that is available for the Cambo Actus-XL and Ultima view camera systems. This option enables photographers to capture images while movement is applied when using the Fuji GFX50s or Hasselblad X1D medium format bodies.

Stackshot Controller

Stackshot Controller

Adapting the solution is quite straightforward. An Adaptor bracket is supplied to attach to the Cambo camera, along with a flexible motor coupling and stepper motor. The Stackshot Controller plugs into the motor which can then be programmed to your requirements.

More information can be obtained from your local Cambo dealer or you can email your questions directly to Cambo.

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Architecture Preview – Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart

Photographer Achim Birnbaum is exhibiting his work at the Architecture Preview – Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart.

Achim owns a Cambo camera system and Phase one digital back. A selection of his images can be viewed below.

More information about the event Stadtmuseum Stuttgart.

For more information about Cambo WIDE camera systems and lenses contact your local Cambo dealer or you can email your questions directly to Cambo.

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