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