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

More information will follow soon, make sure you subscribe to the blog!

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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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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