Cambo Actus – Pentax Lens results

Pentax lenses are a good alternative to using legacy lenses from Hasselblad and Mamiya, they are new lenses, available off the shelf and the prices are quite attractive.

If you have been following my blog you would have already read about Craig Magee’s experiences using the Cambo Actus and Canon 24mm TSE lens. The following images were captured using the Cambo Actus, Pentax 645-A 55mm lens and Sony A7R camera.

Craig: “I already own a Pentax 55mm lens so there is no point in buying another lens especially as it does a good job of resolving good image quality on the Sony A7R sensor.”

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 9 shot stitch, 2mm rise/fall, 11mm left/right shift.

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 4 shot stitch, 5mm rise/fall, 8mm left/right shift.

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Image info: Camera Vertical – 2 shot, 12mm rise.

Charles: Thanks Craig, this certainly shows the versatility of the Cambo Actus. All those lenses that we love to use and don’t want to let go have a new lease of life and produce some amazing results with the latest sensor technology.

The Pentax lens plate is manual, it does have the benefit of a lever to change the aperture when the lens is already fixed to the Cambo Actus. This is because Pentax lenses have a manual aperture control and we can take advantage of this.

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Charles: The Pentax lens plate is available now from stock at Cambo NL,  use Product code: 99070719 Product name; ACB-P645, price £258.00 / €323.00 excluding VAT/TAX and shipment.

You can contact CamboUK on 07863 116150 or cambouk@gmail.com for further information or your local dealer.

Coming soon… The Cambo Actus and Canon M3 camera, Images from a local Architects using the Actus, more Cambo Artes-L boom images and results form the Actar 24mm lens!   Sign-up to the blog to receive this information first.

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Cambo ARTES-L Extended Video Boom

The ARTES video boom is a very popular mid-range video support because of its modularity, portability and functionality. Whether you choose to use a fixed camera plate, mechanical pan/tilt (MPT) or electronic pan/tilt (EPT) its a compact system that can be assembled and dis-assembled easily and fits to an industry standard 100mm bowl tripod.

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Cambo ARTES-L

Cambo’s research found that videographers require a boom with a longer reach. This of course becomes possible as cameras systems are lighter and with the introduction of the ARTES-L it is possible to add an extra 75cm extension.

The extended version, named ARTES-L, includes a Stabilisation Wire to help eliminate vibration when operating the boom. There is also an extra connection plate between the top and bottom arms to improve stability. The sliding counter weight for fine-tuning the balance remains part of the ARTES boom feature. The distance from the centre to the camera platform is extended with an additional 75cm (30″) to approximately 310cm (124″).

The extended ARTES-L is available in three versions:

ARTES-L with fixed camera plate

Price €1,060.00 / £848.00 excluding TAX/VAT and shipment.

ARTES-L – MPT including the Mechanical Pan & Tilt unit

Price €2,440.00 / £1,952.00 excluding TAX/VAT and shipment.

ARTES-L – EPT including the Electronically controlled Pan & Tilt unit EPT

Price €3,225.00 / £2,580.00 excluding TAX/VAT and shipment.

For existing ARTES units a conversion kit is available to make the ARTES to an ARTES-L. This includes the additional 75cm tubes, the stabilisation wire, support for the wire and the connection plate set.

ARTES ART-69 Conversion Kit – Price €230.00 / £184.00 excluding TAX/VAT and shipment.

For further information about upgrading your ARTES please contact CamboUK on 07863 116150 or cambouk@gmail.com who will advise on additional balance weight and MPT cabling.

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Season’s Greetings!

Cambo UK would like to thank you for your custom and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Cambo will be closed on 24th December 2015 – 4th January 2016

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Craig Magee Shoots with the Cambo Actus and Canon 24TSE Lens

Over the years I have chatted with Craig at exhibitions and several Cambo open days, like most photographers today, he was looking for a portable architectural camera system that he could use with his DSLR.

When the Actus came along he was keen to get his hands on one and was delighted when we offered him a test run with his camera system. Craig is a big Canon user, he has the 5D MkII and a wide range of lenses that has been a considerable investment over the years.

Before we met up he went ahead and tested the Sony A7R, was suitable impressed with the quality and purchased the camera body. This together with a Metabones adapter gave him some flexibility as he could use his Canon lenses.

After juggling between our diaries we fixed a day to meet in Liverpool, UK. Craig’s main objective was to test out the Actus with the Sony A7R and Canon 24mm TS-E II lens. His main criticism of using adapters and TS lenses in general is that they don’t quite stitch evenly, which leaves him with a lot of post production work and the pain of sitting in front of a laptop when he should be behind the camera. The images we captured on the day looked great in camera, however Craig remained sceptical – until he saw the final images on-screen.

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After seeing how well the architectural shots were stitched, Craig was eager to push the test further and shoot the interior of the Liverpool Central Library designed by Austin-Smith:Lord.

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 3 shot vertical stitch, 15mm rise, 10mm fall.

Craig: “Currently I stitch wider views with the 24mm TS-E by shifting the lens diagonally. This works well, but I always have slight stitching errors that I need to fix. I was keen to try the Actus as the rear shifts should provide error free stitching, saving me time in post.”

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 4 shot stitch, 4mm rise, 5mm fall, 7mm left/right shift.

Craig: “With the ‘manual’ mount you have to preset the aperture of the lens before attaching it to the Actus. This isn’t a big issue as I only ever use the 24mm at F11 anyway, and its an easy process to do using either a Canon body or the Sony with a Metabones adapter.”

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 3 shot vertical stitch, 15mm rise, 10mm fall.

Craig: “Liverpool Central Library where kind enough to let me test the Actus there, providing some great interior design as subject matter. The images shown are all captured with the Sony A7R and Canon 24mm TS-E II lens, then processed and stitched in the latest version of Lightroom CC, which has already cut down post processing time for me, allowing me to skip stitching in separate software. The advantage of the rear shifts was instantly visible, all of the stitched DNG’s where free from errors meaning that the tiff’s I output only needed tiny tweaks, if needed, in PS before resizing and saving as Jpegs.”

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 4 shot stitch, 5mm rise/fall, 9mm left/right shift with a slight crop to the top.

Craig: “In use the Actus feels solid and precise, with all movements nice and smooth. The friction movement is fine and smooth and the indents at 5mm does help for quick movements. While I didn’t use the swing or tilt, I can see them being useful in the future for landscape work, as well as the bellows extension for the occasional macro work I get. I have my order in for an Actus.”

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Image info: Camera Landscape -4 shot stitch, 5mm rise/fall, 10mm left/right shift.

Charles: Thanks Craig it was a good test for us to do as we have a lot of Canon users that are looking to keep their existing lenses but also have the possibility of using the Actus with a mirrorless camera for the really wide shots.

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Image info: Camera Landscape – 3 shot vertical stitch, 15mm rise, 10mm fall. Cropped to trim the bottom.

Charles: The Canon ‘Manual’ mount is available now from stock at Cambo NL,  use Product code: 99070720 Product name; ACB-CM Manual Lens Plate for Canon EOS lens, price £199.00 / €249.00 excluding VAT/TAX and shipment.

You can contact CamboUK on 07863 116150 or cambouk@gmail.com for further information or your local dealer.

Coming soon… Results using Pentax lenses with the Actus, Canon M3 camera with the Actus and a clients images from a local Architects  – somewhere between will we will be celebrating Christmas!

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Cambo Actus at Calumet Open Day, London – 4th December 2015

On Friday 4th December 2015; Cambo UK will be demonstrating the Actus Mini View camera with the Sony A7R. Pop in and see us, we will be in the Calumet store, Drummond Steet, London NW1 2HJ between 9am and 6pm.

Cambo Actus Canon Mount

As you can see you can now use Canon lenses with the Cambo Actus. The image above shows the Canon 24mmTSE fitted to the panel. Call us to learn more about how to use the manual lens panel.

Cambo have stock available now, priced at £199.00 around €249.00 excluding VAT/TAX and delivery.

There are also lens panels available for Leica and Nikon, medium format lenses from Pentax, Hasselblad, Mamiya and a wide range of digital lenses from Schneider and Rodenstock.

We look forward to seeing you.

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New ACTAR-24mm Lens from Cambo

Today Cambo announced a new lens for the Actus camera system. The ACTAR-24 is a lens specifically designed to be used with the Cambo Actus, using a Mirrorless camera or DSLR system to capture the image.

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So what’s the big deal? Why have Cambo designed a new lens?

When using DSLR’s with the Actus there is a limitation when using wide angle lenses. This limitation is not an issue with the Actus but a physics issue. Cameras using a mirror (mirror box), such as Canon and Nikon, have digital sensors positioned behind the mirror, which restricts the type of lenses you can use. Its not a problem if you wanted to use a Hasselblad V series or Mamiya lenses. As these lenses were designed for use with medium format camera bodies and the capture (film) area is positioned behind a mirror just as the DSLR sensor is. So focussing is not an issue and the image circle is so large that you will be able to take advantage of all the movements the Actus has to offer.

However, not every photographer has access to medium format lenses and they are becoming a bit of a rare find in your local camera store. They also command a high price, which you would expect when using a fine optic such as the Hasselblad 40mm Distagon.

With this in mind, Cambo set out to resolve the issue and bring a new product to market to satisfy the large number of Canon and Nikon photographers. These photographers want to utilise the full functionality of the Actus mini view camera and also be able to repeat the movements easily. The Actar-24 can be used with a wide range of cameras not just Canon and Nikon. You can use the lens with Canon, Nikon, Sony A7, Fuji X, Panasonic, Leica M and Olympus OMD.

And the specifications?

The lens is a 24mm wide angle with a manual aperture ranging from f3.5-22 with half click stops, making it ideal for landscape and architectural photography. The ACTAR-24 is fixed in a lens panel that slots into the front of the Actus making it easy to set up and quickly packaway. Those die-hard landscape photographers that are conscious of carrying a lot of kit in the field will be delighted to know it only weighs-in at 660grams.

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The optical design is 16 elements in 11 groups, all lenses are multi-coated to achieve the best contrast range. There is also an 82mm filter thread to add a UV for protection or you can enhance your creative flair by adding a filter kit.

There is almost no geometrical distortion. The ACTAR-24 has a 60mm image circle, which enables optical horizontal shift of 10mm left and right. So when using a full frame sensor (24×36) the maximum horizontal stitched area is 24mm x 56mm. The rise/fall is 12mm up and down, a total stitched area of 48mm x 56mm with 9 images.
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If you have read my previous articles, such as Stitching with the Fuji XT-1, when using the ACTAR-24 with an APS-C size sensor the shift increases to 15mm left & right and 17mm rise & fall.
Availability
The ACTAR-24 is available in December 2015, priced at €1,360.00 which is approximately £980.00 excluding VAT/Taxes and delivery. Call your local dealer to pre-order.
For more information and to arrange a demonstration please contact Cambo UK on M:07863 116150 or send us an email request; cambouk@gmail.com
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Cambo Actus and Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Today we’re shooting with the Cambo ACTUS and Blackmagic Cinema camera at Kitplus, MediaCityUK.

The setup consists of the Actus Camera platform, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Schneider 100mm lens. We also showed the Sony A7R with Canon Lens mount – more will follow soon about this new lens mount.

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Sean Cheung from CAPSLOCK Ltd spent the day with us demonstrating the  Actus with the Blackmagic Cinema camera. He showed how easy it is to adjust the swing/tilt/rise/fall of the Actus, to produce selective focus images.

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Charles: After using the Actus for capturing stills and stitching images, what do you think about using the camera platform for video?

Sean: The Cambo Actus is amazing, I can use all of my lenses with the Blackmagic or Canon 5DMkIII.  I have a wide range of lenses and by changing the front lens plate I can use my Schneider, Canon or Nikon lenses – this is true flexibility.

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We spent the day at MediaCityUK introducing videographers to the Actus and the most popular word of the day was “Wow!”

For more information and to arrange a demonstration please contact Cambo UK on M:07863 116150 or send us an email request; cambouk@gmail.com

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