Cambo Actus Development

Cambo Actus Development

The Cambo Actus camera system launched in 2014 has been a great success, so much that the system is continually evolving accepting newer digital camera systems such as the Hasselblad X1D and Fuji GFX.

During the development journey, the Actus initially launched with markings for all movements and the rise/fall, on the rear standard, was represented by click stops.

As more photographers came on board the demand for the system was to build new functions and knobs to suit the working environments. We added a Whip Control to the Actus for portrait photographers and more control for Digital Backs with the Rear Shift Knob.


Actus-DB-plus rear standard

Actus-DB-Plus Rear Standard


Here is a brief overview of new developments;

Actus B Mini View Camera – Rise and Fall represented by click stops.

Actus DB Plus – Rise and Fall markings added, New knob control for rear shift accuracy.

Actus GFX – Designed for Fuji GFX, Rise and Fall markings with quick change camera mount

Actus XCD – Designed for Hasselblad X1D, Rise and Fall markings with quick change camera mount


Cambo is well known for developing camera systems based on modularity, keeping your camera equipment up to date by providing options to upgrade.

So, if you have purchased a 4 year old Actus B Mini camera, there are options to upgrade to an Actus GFX or Actus XCD – so you can use medium format. Or you can add the AC-78E to the Actus upgrade and also use your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. You have the best of both Worlds!

The GFX and XCD upgrade has the ACB-979 rear standard with rise/fall markings and knob control for horizontal shift accuracy. A front block is supplied to increase the height as this conversion is designed to accept (with the right mount) the Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D.

When you are ready to upgrade, contact your local dealer to discuss the camera system you are using and they will give you the best option available.

You can order from your local Cambo dealer. More information can be found here 

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GDPR – Cambo Blogs

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Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

The Cambo WIDE camera system is a ‘pancake’ style camera i.e. it’s lightweight and extremely compact. So not surprisingly many photographers find the WIDE system is ideal for architectural and landscape photography. A variety of focal length lenses is available from 23mm to 90mm suitable for many photographic applications including reprographics and cultural heritage.

There is a demand for using longer lenses with the WIDE. As Schneider is no longer in this market and Rodenstock do not supply a large enough ‘helical mount’ for lenses longer than 120mm, Cambo have decided to manufacture their own, the WDS-180L Lenspanel.

The WDS-180L Lenspanel is designed to be used with Digital Backs and Rodenstock 5,6/180 HR-S Digaron lens. This lens has a Copal ‘0’ shutter mounted in a helical focussing mount, 25mm travel and fits to all Cambo WIDE cameras with an SLW adapter.

Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

Cambo Lenspanel WDS-180L

The version pictured above has a split back focal length, with a shorter lensplate and a rear extension unit. This allows for more shift before vignetting from the lens barrel. The distance scale is marked for the Digaron 180 and the WIDE body has a 48mm spacer on the back.

For use in reprographics and cultural heritage photography, lenses with this focussing mount can be supplied with a linear scale. There is a locking nut to fix the helical in any chosen position when required. This is ideal when working on a copy stand and prevents accidental changes.

Product Code: WDS-180L

Description: Rodenstock 180HR Digaron-S Long Helical / Short Barrel and Spacer

Price: €5,854.00 excl.VAT/TAX and shipment

Available now from your local Cambo dealer.

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Capturing ‘Duality’ with the Cambo Actus

Capturing ‘Duality’ with the Cambo Actus

Based in Manchester, Tristan Poyser has worked as a photographer for 15 years. His practice is divided between commercial commissions and contemporary projects 

His projects include ‘Recording the Landscape’ in which he uses council planning applications for ‘Fracking’, as loci to photograph, record video and audio of the British landscape. The project ‘Automation’ explores the conflict between the ‘need for nature theory’ and mass tourism in a Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tristan’s work has been exhibited at photography festivals including, Format International Photography Festival, Brighton Photo fringe, Hull International Photography Gallery (HIP) & Look Liverpool. He guest lectures at several Universities on professional practice and facilitates photography and participatory workshops.

“I shoot with the Cambo Actus as it allows flexibility through the movements, It also allows me to choose different lens’ to shoot with. With the Duality Project it was as simple as allowing me to adjust the vertical moment in relation to the subjects height without having to adjust the camera or tripod, it was essential for the typology element to keep as everything as constant as possible. I also use the Actus on projects  to create large format digital files through stitching anything from 3 to 9 images together, especially with Architectural work and landscapes projects.”


The equipment we used to capture the project was the Cambo Actus Mini view camera, Sony A7 and Schneider 72XL lens. The Actus is particularly useful as there is a horizontal to vertical flip on the rear standard making image alignment much easier than using a ball or 3-way tripod head.

Photography Exhibition – ‘Duality’

The Sharp Project will be hosting the Manchester launch of ‘Duality’, a documentary photography exhibition by Tristan Poyser and colleague Simon Bray. Previously exhibited as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and shared with an international audience on BBC In Pictures.



‘Duality’ explores the way in which our uniform, workwear and casual clothes influence the perception of the individual. To find out more, please click here.

The exhibition takes place 31st May in the Campus, The Sharp Project, Manchester M40 5BJ click here for further information.

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Cambo Mono2 Studio Stand – The Studio Companion

Cambo Mono2 Studio Stand – The Studio Companion

Noel Read is a Commercial, Industrial and Advertising Photography, based in Milton Keynes.

Noel Read Photography

Noel Read Photography

With 20 years experience in high end digital photography in the studio and on location and an in-depth knowledge of image manipulation, post production and colour management.

When working in a studio environment it is crucial to have stable supports and stands for your equipment, whether your digital cameras and lenses cost £2,000 or £50,000

As you can see Noel works extensively with the Cambo Mono2 Studio stand. When we asked him what he thought about the studio stand he said “Great!” and I suppose it’s the best word. As it’s great quality, great price (meaning low!) and of course great quality and stable shots every time!

You can see more of Noel’s work here

Customisation: If you require a Studio stand cutting to size so you can utilise the height in your studio, contact the Cambo sales team as we have options available.

You can order your Cambo Studio stands from your local Cambo dealer. More information can be found here and the brochures can be downloaded here.

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Cambo WRS-72|50 Anniversary Kit 2018

Cambo is celebrating 50 years of the Cambo Wide camera system by offering a new Anniversary Kit WRS-72|50.

It was 1946 when Mr. Roelof Bok founded CAMBO in the Netherlands. After initially designing and manufacturing view cameras and studio stands, in the late 60’s his company developed the first pancake tech cam with interchangeable lens panels. Over the years this evolved into various models with increasing flexibility, designed and built with maximum precision.

Cambo WRS-72|50 Anniversary

Cambo WRS-72|50 Anniversary

Today in 2018, Cambo celebrate not only 72 years of accumulated expertise and dedicated craftsmanship of in-house design and manufacturing, but also 50 years of CAMBO Wide series of technical cameras.

The WRS-72|50 kit is built around an ergonomically optimised camera body. Based on the WRS-1600 introduced in 2016, the WRS-72|50 adds many exclusive design changes, including rounded corners, protected spirit levels, angled placement of a hand belt support and more. The special shaped handgrip is made of fine Rosewood. While keeping the unique body rotation between landscape and portrait position without removing digital back or lens, this will help protect your equipment against dust and damage.

The optics supplied in this kit are Rodenstock’s finest 32HR-W and 90HR-SW, both in a tilt/swing lens panel for the best image quality and control. Additionally, Cambo has designed a new precision tilting function to the 90HR’s rear spacer, which adds an additional six degrees of tilt -or swing- on top of its lens panel movements. This offers you even more flexibility and image optimisation.

This exquisite kit is delivered in a luxury Rimowa case with dedicated cavities for your equipment, including space for a digital back and extra lens or accessories. The kit is completed with Cambo’s PCH precision controlled ball and geared head, with exclusive anniversary trim.

This is a limited series of only 50 numbered units. Each kit includes a Certificate of Authenticity with matching serial numbers.

You can order your kit from your local Cambo dealer. More information can be found here and the brochures can be downloaded here.

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Cambo Studio Equipment at The Photography Show

Cambo Studio Equipment at The Photography Show

Check out more Cambo products being shown on the AJ’s stand F121.

AJ’s established in 1984 is a leading independent photographic specialist based in the South West. They are showing the Cambo MBX studio stand and the new Cambo PCH tripod head.

Come and meet the AJ’s team they will be happy to discuss the various studio stands options and accessories available. You can find more information about AJ’s here and Cambo products here.

Cambo Studio Stands

The Photography Show 17th-20th March, is the largest UK show that encompasses both professional and enthusiast photographers. Check out the website to book your tickets here.

the photography show

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