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.
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.
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.
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.