Cultural Heritage AutoColumn and AutoPPI

Cultural Heritage AutoColumn and AutoPPI

Since introducing the Cambo RPS (repro copy stand) at Photokina 2010, Cambo have developed their solution by adding wall mounts, 4 interchangeable bases, Shutter controller systems and levelling head options.

Now there is a complete new version designed with Phase One technology, which is taller, has software to control the column using Capture One CH (Cultural Heritage) software and is classed as the AutoColumn Stand. The complete solution is supplied via Phase One dealers as the iXG camera, lenses and software are required. Phase One Cultural Heritage dealers are trained to deliver this solution.

Cultural Heritage AutoColumn and AutoPPI

Cultural Heritage AutoColumn and AutoPPI

“AutoColumn” with “AutoPPI” is a technology developed in collaboration with Digital Transitions and Cambo Fotografische Industrie BV. It allows for automated and precise positioning of a Phase One iXG Camera System to capture at a defined resolution, distance or Field of View size. It offers an even more efficient workflow for diverse and specialised Cultural Heritage digitisation projects.

Phase One’s Cultural Heritage solutions are designed for institutions seeking a higher standard of efficiency and accuracy in the preservation of their collections. The solutions combine the highest resolution imaging sensors and optics to suit the most demanding digitisation projects. Solutions range from easy-to-operate workflows for non-trained personnel, to highly specialised solutions for 3D imaging and multi spectral imaging applications.

For further information and specification contact Cambo  technical sales.

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Joshua Geiger shooting with the Cambo Ultima

Joshua Geiger shooting with the Cambo Ultima

Joshua Geiger

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Joshua Geiger began his early career in the graphic/visual design industry working with local agencies and clients like Yahoo!, UPS, PepsiCo, MasterCard and AT&T.

After a decade of design, Joshua made the move into Commercial Product Photography and hasn’t looked back since.  

“I believe it was the mixture of being able to  be creative but also the fact that product photography is a very hands on task that requires patience, tons of knowledge about light and how it interacts with different materials, constant problem solving and technical proficiency.” – Joshua Geiger

Joshua has had the great pleasure of working with wonderful clients like: 

Anchor HockingOneidaEndoChoice, IncBhindi Jewelers and Anisa International to name just a few.

When did you first start using the Cambo cameras?

About 4 or 5 years ago I was working with someone who runs a large online studio photography school and he used a Cambo Ultima that he had modified to accept his DLSR and it was using that Ultima which made me really see the possibilities of having all the great movements the Ultima provides. So it was pretty much right then that I went out and purchased mine. I got the Ultima, a few rails and extensions, long and wide angle bellows, some lens boards.. the whole deal. Easily one of the best gear decisions I’ve ever made.

Why did you choose to buy the Cambo Ultima?

As I mentioned previously, it was becoming familiar with the movements of the Ultima that really enticed me into buying one. I was historically using tilt-shift lenses to achieve the results I wanted but always felt kind of limited and they were always kind of difficult to work with. Having the Ultima made my work much more enjoyable. It wasn’t just the ability to achieve all these great movements but also the fact the equipment itself is such a pleasure to interact with. The machining is beautiful, geared movements are smooth and precise… It’s just a really wonderful piece of equipment.

Do you use all the Ultima formats?

Nope. I only shoot with a Leaf digital back, the cameras I own are a Mamiya 645DF medium format camera and the Cambo Ultima technical camera. I don’t use any DSLR cameras.

Which lenses do you use?

I have bunch of lenses but the three I use most are:

Rodenstock Apo-Sironar Digital 55mm 

Rodenstock Apo-Sironar Digital 90mm

Rodenstock Apo-Sironar Digital 180mm


I have developed a good workflow for my clients using Capture One. The Live View in C1 is excellent and is a function I always use.

To see more of Joshua’s work; Geiger Foto – Commercial Product Photography

For further information about Cambo technical cameras

or Check it out at Photokina – CAMBO in Hall 2.1, Stand nr A-017

Photokina 2018

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Cambo ACDB-987 Rear Tilt Unit

Cambo ACDB-987 Rear Tilt Unit

Cambo have introduced the ACDB-987, a really cool product addition, for the Actus-G, GFX and XCD camera versions.

Cambo ACDB987 Tilt Unit

Cambo ACDB-987 Tilt Unit

The ACDB-987 enables additional tilt function to the rear standard of +6/-6 degrees close to the optical sensor when using a digital back.

What is the advantage of using the ACDB-987?

Adding extra tilt gives you more control over your images, plus the ability to swap between digital backs and mirrorless medium format systems within seconds.

How do I fit the ACDB-987 to the Actus?

The ACDB-987 is an interchangeable insert that fits to Actus-G, GFX and XCD camera versions. Simply replace the bayonet holders AC-792, AC-793 and AC-78E with the ACDB-987 then add the SLW-adapter plate that has the fitting for your digital camera back.

Swapping between DSLR, Mirrorless and Digital Backs has never been easier!

Check it out at Photokina – CAMBO in Hall 2.1, Stand nr A-017

Photokina 2018

For further advice contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales. You can also check out the Cambo website.

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Cambo WRS-HV Hasselblad lensplate

Cambo WRS-HV Hasselblad lensplate

Cambo Fotografische realise how important legacy lenses are to photographers. Their expertise and manufacturing capability enables photographers to use their long loved lenses and use them in the digital environment.

Well-known for developing modular camera systems. Cambo adapted the most popular cameras to the Actus, supply a wide range of lens adapters and interchangeable digital camera plates enabling the photographer to pick and choose the best available kit combination.

The new WRS-HV lensplate enables photographers to use their Hasselblad legacy lenses with the Cambo WRS series cameras.

Cambo WRS-HV

Cambo WRS-HV

This combination will work with digital backs that have a built-in shutter (sensor activated electronic shutter), effectively a shutterless digital back, such as the PhaseOne IQ3-100 and the new IQ-4 series.

Cambo WRS-HV with Planar

Cambo WRS-HV with Planar

Cambo WRS-HV with Sonar

Cambo WRS-HV with Sonar

For further advice contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales. You can also check out the Cambo website.


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New Studio Stand Brochure 2018

New Studio Stand Brochure 2018

It’s great to see a new Studio Stand brochure from Cambo NL

The 2018 version displays the new products we’ve been blogging during 2017/18 such as MBX and Laptop platform. Also included are the accessories such as the CBH-6 Ball Head and new PCH Precision Geared.

You can test drive these out at Photokina – in the meantime download the brochure below.

Cambo Studio Stand Brochure 2018

Click here to download and if you have any technical questions contact the Cambo Team.

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Using the Cambo V-15

Using the Cambo V-15

Manchester has a plethora of filmmakers and production companies and they don’t have to travel far to get a great backdrop to their productions. The Midland Hotel on Peter Street has hosted an array of Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, and now it’s the turn of Shooting Gallery Films.

Shooting Gallery Films was formed by Brian Spranklen and Paul Kerry with the concept of marrying high quality cinematic imagery into the world of viral video. Cost of filming is very challenging so they conceived to bring together a small multi talented team of industry professionals with a wealth of experience to create a filmic quality at an affordable rate.

‘As you can see we use the Cambo V-15 for camera support, it fits the bill perfectly for the cameras and lenses we use’ said Brian Spranklen.

‘I love it! It’s so smooth and well balanced I use the V-15 a lot. As I said balancing is important so sliding the weights into place is easy and it all fits together within minutes. Moving from high to low level shots with the V-15 and fluid head is a breeze, the movement is also smooth when panning’ said Paddy McGowan, Camera Operator.


Check out SGF’s film reel – Click here and click the main page to play.

For more information about Cambo Video Booms and supports – Click here or Cambo Fotografische if you have any technical questions.

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Trading wood for metal, a difficult decision made.

Trading wood for metal, a difficult decision made.


Richard is a  landscape photographer based in the wonderful scenery and industrial landscape of the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. He specialises in producing high quality images using a Large Format film camera and also digital equipment. Since starting out in 2004 his work has been published in books and the photographic press and also for a wide variety of marketing uses with clients including Ordnance Survey, Marine Resource Centre, Visit Scotland and National Geographic Magazine.

Below is an un-edited blog written by Richard about his experience of using the Cambo Actus and Sony A7 series camera.

Trading wood for metal, a difficult decision made.

After nearly a year of agonising and constant changes of mind I have finally made the decision (for now) to place both feet firmly in the digital photography camp. I’ve been fighting it but to be honest I have found myself shooting less and less film since investing in my Sony A7r and now I have the means to make my digital photography as enjoyable and engaging as Large Format has been over the last fourteen years.

During that time I have shot about 16,000 sheets of film, the emulsion (mostly Velvia) and the cameras (Ebony RSW45, Ebony 45su, Shen Hao and Chamonix 045F-1) whipping me into shape as a photographer throughout that time. I still want my photography to challenge me but I also need to be returning with usable images wherever I go and my Sony, now married up to Pentax 645 lenses via a beautifully made Cambo Actus view camera, is very much fulfilling these needs (and most importantly, making me very happy).

Cambo Actus

Cambo Actus

The signs have been there for a while. Last year I only shot 31 sheets of film, in 2016 I shot around 90. I process my own film and whereas I used to get through a five litre E6 kit every two months (therefore wasting none) I have in recent years had to throw away fifty percent of the 2.5 litre kits as it had exceeded its twenty or so week usable life.

So why didn’t I just hold on to all of my 400+ sheets of frozen film and use them when I feel the urge? Going back to the chemistry issue I could simply send the few I take off to a lab for processing but for the last ten years I have had complete control of my workflow from capture, through processing, post processing, printing and finally framing and I don’t intend to let go of any of these important elements. I don’t want to be pouring away wasted chemistry and I’m not really in the position to be able to invest in the 1200 sheets per year at current prices to be making images as I used to. I also get relatively few days out on my own with a camera anyway and have really appreciated in the last few years the ability to be making images when previously I had really struggled and often come back with nothing.

The comparison test.

Doesn’t the same image shot side by side with a sheet of Velvia look better compared with it’s Sony equivalent? Well, yes but I’ve only done it once and have been delighted with pretty much everything I’ve shot on both cameras over the last year. I’m not trying to recreate a Velvia look with my digital images (although looking back through my images as I save them to cloud storage I love the depth of colour in the shadows that my favoured emulsion provided) but simply carry on doing as I have always done and create dynamic images in camera that I can make relatively small adjustments to work well in print. I’m certainly able to make sharper images with my Sony now that I need to wear reading glasses to focus (being able to check focus before and after the act of making an image has proven incredibly useful, something I have always struggled with on the ground glass itself). Can’t you print bigger from your 5×4 scans? Yes, but I have very few customers who need anything larger than the 24×30 inch images that I have been printing from both my scans and my digitally captured files. I always scanned my transparencies at 1800dpi which gave me a 315mb 16bit file. Converting to 8 bit for print provided me with a 157mb file to work with and having now tried out a couple of successful stitched files with my A7r2 on the platform provided by my Cambo I’ve created 157mb files from two images stitched horizontally and 210mb files when I stitch vertically (vertical stitching allowing me more use of the lens’ image circle without vignetting). These files are ample for my needs and I can’t really envisage needing much more.

I think the most critical question has to be; Is photography as enjoyable as it was when I shot film and used my large format camera? The answer is a resounding yes. It’s not better, it’s just different. There are things that I miss; the ritual of setting up, the delayed gratification when first viewing your images days or weeks after their making, the feel of a wooden camera. There are certainly things I don’t miss; struggling under a dark cloth in a side wind when the ground glass and my glasses were both misting up having climbed to a location, those near misses that occurred because I just couldn’t set up fast enough, midges inside the camera! Much of what I loved about LF I have tried to carry over to digital although there is the inevitable increased use of my computer, a necessary evil albeit one that I am coming to appreciate more as I improve my Lightroom workflow for my Raw files (I’m even reworking many of my scans in this software as they seem far more malleable to a point where I feel like they have a wider latitude).

Will I ever shoot film again? Probably. I’ve kept my Gnassgear dark cloth which was the one piece of equipment I would have struggled to replace. I have a habit of stopping and restarting hobbies and I feel that Large Format would very much be a hobby activity in the future since it would be difficult to compete commercially with such an expensive method of making images. After all, an image library would pay me the same pittance for use of a photograph no matter what I’d taken it with.

My Comment;

To see more of Richards work click here or if you’re passing why not pop in to his gallery: Richard Childs Gallery Maws Craft Centre, Unit B1, Ferry Rd, Jackfield TF8 7LS

For further advice about the Actus and range of lens options contact your local Cambo dealer or Cambo Fotografische  technical sales. You can also check out the Cambo website.

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