Ken Doo and his Cambo One-Lens-Wonder

Ken Doo and his Cambo One-Lens-Wonder

Ken Doo recently retired as a professional portrait photographer in Carmel, CA. During his eighteen-year career, he received numerous accolades of excellence for his artistry. Now, as an empty-nester, Ken plans on travelling to do more landscape photography with his Cambo WRS1600.  He continues to keep busy as a fine art printer for artists and photographers. See,  Some of his landscape photography can be seen at

You probably noticed from my images that my favorite lens is the Rodenstock HR40 t/s.  I also have the Rodenstock HR70 t/s, the Schneider 120mm t/s, and a Canon 17mm TSE with Cambo WRE-CA adapter.  I use the HR40 probably 90+% of the time on my Cambo WRS1600. I just really enjoy the perspective and this lens is simply wonderful to use. Although I usually take an LCC shot for processing in Capture One Pro, it often is rarely needed with the HR40. I look forward to seeing even more improvements with Phase One’s new IQ4 150 MFDB with its Sony BSI sensor.  I call the combination of my Cambo and HR40 my One-Lens-Wonder.  I can easily take a photography landscape trip with this one lens and be content.

Cambo WRS1600 and WRS334

Cambo WRS1600

I use the Cambo WRS1600 because it allows me to enjoy photography in its purest form. Aside from the technical bells and whistles of the Phase One IQ3 100 MFDB, the Cambo camera’s simplicity belies its well-thought out design, engineering, and craftsmanship. It affords me full movements and the ability to rotate the MFDB without removing it from the camera. I mostly use rise and fall, sometimes a bit of shift and a touch of tilt.  With my One-Lens-Wonder, I am able to pack smaller and lighter than with other camera systems, yet enjoy the best that photography has to offer me.


Cambo WRS1600 showing rotation


Cambo wrs wre-ca

Cambo WRS-1600 and WRE-CA


Image Information

  1. Queens Bath, Kauai, Hawaii. Photographed with Cambo WRS 1600, Phase One IQ3 100, WRE-CA and Canon 17mm TSE
  2. House on Fire, Bluff, UT.  Photographed with Cambo WRS 1600, Phase One IQ3 100, WRE-CA and Canon 17mm TSE
  3. Lower South Falls, Oregon.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  4. Lower North Falls, Oregon.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  5. Middle North Falls, Oregon.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  6. Garrapata, Big Sur. Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  7. Bonzai Rock, Lake Tahoe.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  8. Carmel Sunset.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1600, Phase One IQ180, HR40 t/s
  9. Carmel Mission Door.  Photographed with the Cambo WRS 1250, Phase One IQ260 Achromatic, HR40 t/s

To see more of Ken Doo’s work; Ken Doo Photography

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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Small Is Beautiful

Small Is Beautiful

As digital camera backs reduced in size, camera systems have steadily followed adopting the formats and adapting to the wide range of manufacturers camera mounts.

In July 2014 I received the Cambo Actus camera platform and was very surprised to see how small it was, miniaturised, but when assembled with the bellows, lens and digital camera it was not only solid but smooth in operation. It was a pleasant surprise that such a small camera platform could produce such exquisite results.

To show you the difference in size here is a comparison with the Ultima 23.

Cambo Actus Size

In August 2018 we blogged “Trading wood for metal, a difficult decision” by Richard Childs, which details his changeover to digital and of course his decision to use the Cambo Actus.

Now Richard has travelled to Iceland we take a look into his kitbag. Yes, there is an Actus in the bag, but look how small it is. Small is Beautiful.

“This is literally all of my gear these days (bar an extra Benro tripod) and we’re all off to Iceland in just two days time. The A7r3 arrived this morning and I can’t wait to get it on the back of the Actus. The A7r2 will be my back up now but will probably sit with the 24mm ts lens permanently attached for speed of set up in faster changing light.” 

Cambo Actus Kit

The shot below captured by Richard is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. “A crazy busy place these days but seriously good in today’s light.”

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon ©Richard Childs

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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Cambo AC-791 for LEICA SL

Cambo AC-791 for LEICA SL

The AC-791 Bayonet Holder is an optional accessory for the ACTUS-G series that allows you to mount a Leica SL mirrorless camera body to the interchangeable rear standard of the ACTUS-G base. This bayonet is fully compatible with the newly announced L-mount alliance between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma.

Cambo AC-791

Cambo AC-791

As with other ACTUS adaptors, there is a lever to quickly change the camera orientation between landscape and portrait.

L Mount Alliance

The advantage of using the ACTUS-G series is that you can quickly swap the rear camera bayonet holders. The LEICA SL bayonet can be replaced with the AC-78E holder and the AC-792 for Fujifilm GFX or AC-793 for Hasselblad X1D.

Cambo Actus Leica SL

Cambo Actus and Leica SL

Cambo’s modularity enables photographers to use the new SL camera systems. The Leica SL is available now. Panasonic’s S1/S1R and Sigma full frame cameras are due for launch in 2019.

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For further information and specification contact Cambo  technical sales.

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Jonathan Oakes Manchester Studios

Jonathan Oakes Manchester Studios

My career began after graduating from the renowned Blackpool College as Student of the Year. I immediately began to assist photographers in the advertising and design fields and in 1988 I founded my own studio in central Manchester.

In 2011 I was invited to hold an exhibition of my work entitled SEE33, a retrospective comprising 33 both commissioned and personal images ranging from early work to the present. The exhibition was also hosted online by The Association of Photographers in 2012.

One of my portraits from the National Portrait gallery permanent collection, the actress Maxine Peake, has recently been exhibited as part of a special exhibition of “Portraits by Contemporary photographers” in Rm 39A.

A photograph begins long before the shutter opens. I like to be involved in both the pre and post production aspects of a shoot and that normally means having some input into the casting and styling. I really enjoy the post production process both controlling and manipulating the images personally or in collaboration with other professionals.

I have years of experience in creative and technical collaboration with art directors and designers. I’m experimental, innovative and technical with obsessive attention to detail.  I enjoy the challenges of bringing creative ideas to life and thrive on the stimulation of working in varied environments both in the UK and overseas.

“We have a Cambo stand in both of our studios. They perform well when locking down the camera, they are reliable and extremely stable, especially as we also shoot a lot of products. It just does the job every time.”

You can see more of Jonathan’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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Prior to Photokina Nikon announce two new mirrorless cameras the Z6 and Z7. Cambo will soon have the Actus version available for the Z series mount bodies, so you will be able to use all the view camera settings such as tilt, swing and selective focus.

Actus-Nikon Z7_04sThe distance from the Z mount to sensor is 16mm. This means the Cambo Actar range of lenses can be used via the lens boards and various other lenses from Nikon, Canon, Leica, Hasselblad, Mamiya and Pentax.

Nikon Z series

Nikon Z series

System Solution

Cambo Actar lenses are tried and tested already, available now ACTAR-24mm, ACTAR-60mm, ACTAR-80mm, ACTAR-90mm, ACTAR-120 and ACTAR 105mm HR-Macro.


ACTAR Lens Range

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For further information and specification contact Cambo  technical sales.

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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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