New Cambo WRS Canon Lens Mount

New Cambo WRS Canon Lens Mount

Cambo announced at Photokina 2016; the new Wide RS Canon lens mount that will give photographers more lens options when shooting landscape and architecture.

Cambo Wide RS Canon Lens Mount

Cambo Wide RS Canon Lens Mount

Mr Koop van Benthem, MD, said “It’s an exciting time for Cambo to bring more functionality to the Wide RS range of cameras. We built a similar lens mount for the Actus camera and photographers using the WRS now have the same flexibility.”

Cambo Canon Lens Mount fitted to the Wide RS

Cambo Canon Lens Mount fitted to the Wide RS

Further information will follow.

Cambo Wide RS with Canon Lens

Cambo Wide RS with Canon Lens

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Cambo at Photokina 2016

Cambo at Photokina 2016

The Photokina show is very busy and has already proven a success. Many visitors are visiting Cambo to test out the Actus camera system, the new Wide RS1600, the MBX studio stand and placing orders.

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Cambo Hall 4.1 Stand H17

We are here until Sunday 25th September, Hall 4.1 Stand H17.

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Canon Auto Lens mount – see it at Photokina

Canon Auto Lens mount – see it at Photokina

Cambo are showing the Canon Auto Lens Mount ACB-CA for Canon EF lenses fitted to the ACTUS mini view camera. The adapter has built-in electronic controls for setting and operating the aperture of Canon EF lenses.

Cambo Actus plate for Canon EF lens

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Normally when a Canon auto iris lens is removed from the camera body the lens aperture is wide open. The ACB-CA communicates with the lens and enables the user to adjust the aperture, giving you full control.

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Cambo ACB-CA and 24mm TS Lens

This adapter has an internal battery for continuous use and features an OLED display which shows the preset or set aperture together with the focal length of the lens. The communication is accurate, such that the display will also show the focal length of zoom lenses.

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Cambo ACB-CA Lens Mount

The adapter accepts lenses fitted with Canon EOS bayonet, in combination with the ACTUS view camera. The ACB-CA adapter is finished in black to match the ACTUS-B camera version.

This ACB-CA lens adapter is designed to work with mirrorless* camera bodies, such as the Sony A7 series, Fujifilm X series, Canon M series, selected Olympus and Panasonic models. When mounted on the Actus the adapter will tilt and swing within the lens image circle that is being used. The rear rise/fall and left/right shift will operate as normal, again within the lens’s image circle.

*Mirrorless camera bodies have the imaging sensor further forward enabling the lens to focus at infinity or closer.

Check via the Cambo Configurator the compatibility between cameras, lenses and adapter when using the Cambo Actus.

Cambo ACB-CA Kit

Cambo ACB-CA Kit

The ACB-CA adapter is available now from stock €1,040.00 excluding VAT and shipment.  Cambo package this as a kit which includes a Powerbank and cable.

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Cambo Actus Demo Studio

Cambo Actus Demo Studio – Try out the cameras at Photokina.

On the Cambo stand at Photokina Hall 4.1 stand H17, there are a variety of cameras being shown with the Cambo Actus Mini View Camera, such as Nikon, Canon and Sony.

The Actus is extremely flexible and is also compatible with a wide range of mirrorless cameras form Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic Lumix. We have shown the flexibility of using a compact mirrorless camera from Fuji and the ability to stitch images, you can see the results here.

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Actus with Fuji and Hasselblad Lens

Come along and speak to our technical advisers and experience the Cambo Actus.

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Cambo Actar 60mm – New lens launched at Photokina

Cambo Actar 60mm – New lens launched at Photokina

Cambo are expanding the Actus range and have now introduced the new Actar 60mm f4 lens. The lens is supplied fitted in a Cambo Actus plate and can be used with all Actus cameras and Mirrorless camera systems.

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Actor 60mm Lens

This lens has an image circle of 75mm, with rear camera shift of 15mm left and right, the total shift without distortion is 30mm. This is an ideal lens should you wish to capture a wide area and retain a good quality stitched image.

Available now, the price of the Actar 60mm lens complete with the Actus Lens Plate is €655.00 excl. TAX/VAT.

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The Cambo Actus: A Gem!

Michael Erlewine writes

On his reactions to the Cambo Mini View Camera.

The Cambo Actus: A Gem!

I have a whole shelf or two of focus rails and another one with bellows and/or technical cameras. Some of them are tiny like the old Spiratone camera, which has all the view-camera moves and is of the size to fit a mirrorless camera. Sitting right next to it is a Rollei X-Actus 2 and it weighs over 14 lbs. Then there are the tilt/shift lenses, of which I have three and ever a tilt adapter that only has one fixed angle. And of course, my old standby, the Nikon PB-4 Bellows System.

So, when I finally had time to check out the new Cambo Actus for the Nikon mount, I was in for a surprise, and a pleasant one at that. This little gem, while not perfect, is one of those pieces of equipment that fits so well in hands that I knew right off that I will love using it, and I already do.

Michael Erlewine

©Michael Erlewine

It was a little hard to find one that you didn’t have to wait weeks for and the various adapters were another problem. Luckily, I remembered a company I had purchased a Medium Format camera from years ago, and they know all this stuff: Capture Integration out of Atlanta, Ga. They put together a system that had everything from soup to nuts, all assembled and ready to go. I went with that over waiting for who-knows-how-long, and hunting down all the parts for myself.

This little beauty’s body measures 5.9 x 3.9 x 6.7″ (15 x 10 x 17 cm) and weighs 2.2 lb (1 kg), not ultra-lite, but have you picked up a technical camera lately that is any lighter? And no, it does not have all the movements, but it has the ones I use most and has camera bayonets for Nikon F, Canon EOS, Canon M, Leica M, Sony E-mount, MFT mount, and Fuji X.

Of course I did not find a bayonet for the Pentax K cameras, and within a couple of days of emailing the manufacturer in Netherlands, they agreed to design the first one for my new Actus camera, which I will have pretty soon. As of now, I have the Nikon and the Sony-E-mount camera adapters on hand.

Michael Erlewine

©Michael Erlewine

It is important to understand that the front-standard on the Actus is fixed, while the rear moves, which is just what I want, and what any focus-stacker requires. The front-standard has 360º swing, and front tilt of +10º, -9º, each with their own geared knob. The swing and tilt movements on the front standard rotate around the optical axis, which is handy.

The rear-standard has Rise/Fall of +0.5”, -0.6” (+12mm, -15mm) with its both geared knob and locking knob, and a rear shift of +/-0.8” (20mm) with a locking knob.

As for mounting lenses, the Actus has a sturdy fork adapter that locks in place smoothly (and firmly) in one movement. Voila! Lens adapters come in a variety of formats, including M39, 24mm WA, Leica R, Nikon F, Canon EOS, Hasselblad, Mamiya RZ/RB, Mamiya 645Pro TL, Pentax 645, and with the standard Copal #0 and #1 holes.

The bellows is a dream come true. I am used to wrestling with my other bellows, mounting and unmounting them. With the Cambo Actus, it is all magnetic. The bellows snaps into place, front and rear, in a second and must have some of those rare-earth magnets or something. They fit tight!

As it turns out, the standard bellows turns out to be perfect for me, since with the Nikon D810 (for close-up work) I am not looking at shooting at infinity. The standard rail that comes with the Actus expands from 6” to 8.5”, which is more than enough for the lenses I work with. However, there are Wide Angle Bellows (one fold), Long Bellows (30 cm), and Macro Bellows (45 cm) available as well as special rails to match them.

A brilliant and easy-to-use feature on the rear-standard is a lever that allows you to rotate your camera from horizontal to vertical and back in one movement. How nice is that! The Actus also takes my Nikon D810, but if I want to add on a wired remote (Nikon MC-30), which I am used to, I need to add a tiny extension or force the cord a little. I am already used to the extension with my Nikon PB-4 bellows, so I do that.

And this little beastie feels like the precision machine it is. The whole thing fits in a Pelican Storm case iM2050, and comes packed in a foam piece that fits right into the iM2050 perfectly.

Michael Erlewine

©Michael Erlewine

As for what I don’t like about the system or “wishes not granted,” I don’t like the fact that to change camera bayonet mounts on the rear standard requires 4 screws, and about a minute of my time, and worst of all fiddling with those tiny screws. I wish they had offered mountable adapter plates for each camera, so we could just switch them out with no hassle. Although I don’t need it, I would prefer that BOTH front and rear standards move, but that is not a real problem.

I love that the rail is Arca-Swiss compatible, which is all that I use. And again, I LOVE the heft and smooth feel of fine machinery on something I will use just all the time. I use it on the Swiss-Arca Cube C1 (with knob) and can flip it using the C1 so that it is exactly 90º, and still it is sturdy.

As what I do with it, I use it with any number of exotic industrial lenses, like the El Nikkor 105mm APO, the Printing Nikkors, and many others. Since I am not going for infinity focus with this system (but you can with a mirrorless camera), I can do all kinds of close-up and macro stuff with an elegance of movement unknown to me until now. Do I recommend it? I believe you know my answer to that. I love it.

Michael Erlewine is an award-wining archivist of popular culture and founder of AMG, the All-Music Guide, the All-Movie Guide, and ClassicPosters.com (rock concert posters), and many other sites.

Erlewine is also a world-famous astrologer, the first person to ever program astrology on home computers and make programs available to professional astrologers. The author of scores of books on astrology and related topics, including hundreds of articles.

As a specialist in Macro photography, Michael has produced many video tutorials and books on the subject. Many thanks to Michael for letting us publish his story and images on the CamboUK site.

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New Cambo Wide RS-1600 Camera

New Cambo Wide RS-1600 Camera

Cambo is pleased to announce the new WRS-1600 camera body, a newly designed system and part of the popular Wide RS series.

WRS-1600 (1)

The cameras unique feature is the ability to rotate from horizontal to vertical thus changing the orientation of the digital sensor with a simple flip of the camera body, switching over is quick and easy to do.

WRS-1600 rotation

The body always remains secure in the mount, there is no shift in weight or re-levelling required. The digital sensor remains central and there is no need to refocus as the camera, lens and digital back is rotated. This saves time and effort when shooting on-location or when using the camera on the RPS copy stand.

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Architectural and landscape photographers shooting in the field will benefit as the digital back remains in place protecting the sensor from exposure to the elements. The camera base fits direct to the CBH-6 ball head, so there is no need to use fiddly quick release plates, the camera stays firmly fixed in position.

Of course the body has lateral displacement built-in, using Cambo’s unique accelerated gears with detents spaced every 5mm. This allows for quick and secure placement of the sensor when making perspective controls and especially when stitching images.

The new WRS-1600 is 100% compatible with the full range of WRS accessories such as lenspanels with Rodenstock HR optics, also including Cambo’s unique tilt/swing lens options for selective sharpness and the optional Rodenstock’s electronic shutter system. 

The price of the WRS-1600 camera is €2,750.00 / $3,425.00 excluding TAX/VAT.

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