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.


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.


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.
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.
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;
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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;

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Cambo to exhibit at Kitplus, MediaCity UK

KitPlus MediaCity UK

At the venue we will be showing the Artes EPT, a lightweight boom system and the V-15 Camera Jib popular with cameramen demanding a robust but portable system. Our VPD pedestal and rigs will also be shown – special offers will be available on the day.

New to many videographers is the Cambo ACTUS system. The ACTUS camera platform enables videographers and photographers to tilt or swing the lens to adjust the focus plane. By controlling the plane of focus you can correct vertical lines and also create a specific area of focus.


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Click the image above to play Tim Shoebridge’s “City of London Timelapse” captured using the Cambo ACTUS and Sony A7 series cameras.

The ACTUS is remarkably lightweight, its portable and has tilt/swing for the lens and shift/rise/fall for the camera. The system is available for cameras that are Canon, Sony-E, MIcro 4/3 and Nikon fit. Recently Cambo have added a new Canon lens mount adapter to the range which currently includes; Hasselblad, Mamiya, Leica, Schneider, Rodenstock and Nikon lens plates.

Kitplus 250x90_rollingbannerWe look forward to seeing you at Kitplus, if you can’t make it please subscribe to the blog and we will let you know when the next event is.

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

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Alex Vreeman is an experienced commercial photographer that made the change to portrait photography..



At aged 47 years Alex has spent most of his working life in photography. After graduating in Business Studies he continued his education in photography and established himself as a wedding photographer sharing a studio with his parents.

After 5 years of working in a social environment, he switched codes to offer commercial photography to large corporate businesses and converted his parents business into an advertising studio. After 10 years of working in a high pressure environment Alex became ill and decided to change his career to fit with his life style.



Charles: How did you decide that portrait photography was you passion?

Alex: I love people and their faces, but more so the inner of the person, and its really a gift that they will reveal to me a little of his or her inner self. This gives me the opportunity to take the picture upon that reveal. Its quite a personal picture and sometimes that can show life’s pain.

Charles: What made you decide to choose the Cambo Actus as your camera…?



Alex: In the past I took portraits with a technical camera and I’m familiar with all the movements to create the focus area in the image. I am an ambassador for FUJIFILM in The Netherlands, using the FUJIFILM-X series and I was really intrigued to see that there is the possibility of using these cameras with the Actus platform. I contacted Cambo to discuss my move into portraiture and to ask questions about how the system would work for me.

Charles: As you know the Actus can be used with a wide range of lenses, from Canon & Nikon, Schneider & Rodenstock digital and many of the legacy medium format lenses. Which one’s do you use?



Alex: I inherited a Hasselblad system from my Father which is now 40 years old. The standard lens on the Hasselblad is a Planar 80mm f2.8, which has a large image circle, so will easily cover the sensor if I want to use extreme movement with the Actus. Cambo also sourced a Rodagon-WA 60mm f4.0 for me which I use a lot. Despite the age of these lenses the quality of the results are fantastic and the build quality is second to none. Cambo also make a Nikon lens plate which enables me to use a Nikon 50mm f1.4 that I already have, again producing some very good results.



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Charles: The Actus is a technical camera, you mention to me that you capture the images as you are talking to your sitter. How do you judge the focus to get the images sharp?

Alex: From my experience and working with the Actus everyday, I know where to set the camera’s area of focus. However, the sitter is always moving. So I adjust the movements with my right hand and Cambo have a customised knob so that I can focus the camera with my left hand. This knob accepts a focus whip which is normally used with the Cambo Follow Focus for professional video. The focus whip is 500mm long which is long enough to operate from the left side.



Charles: Yes, the customised focus knob is very useful not just for portrait but also for close-up and Macro photography. Where can we see you work?

Alex: I’ve just exhibited for 2 months at Stadsgehoorzaal in Kampen, where I also presented and explained my work to other photographers. It was a very pleasant experience, I received a lot of compliments and it was a great feeling to inspire other photographers.





For me, a portrait is not just a portrait. I focus on creating a unique and powerful image of my clients, particularly for those not wishing to be in front of the camera. Many of my clients feel they have not previously had a good photograph of themselves, they fit into my philosophy that “Beauty is in the character for those who look”.

Many thanks to Alex, more of his work can be seen here;

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

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Cambo 2 Year Warranty

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Cambo BV are now offering customers the chance to upgrade the warranty of serial numbered products, from 1 year to 2 years – Free of Charge.

Simply click on the graphic above and complete the registration.

If you have any questions about the extended warranty please contact; Cambo UK on M:07863 116150 or send us an email request;

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Cambo Actus DB+ Special Offer – 1 week left…

In June we announced a fantastic digital package consisting of the Cambo Actus-DB+, Leaf Credo 50 Digital Back, Schneider 90mm Lens and associated cables and batteries.

There is 1 week left before this offer closes 31st August 2015.

Cambo Actus-DB Leaf Credo 50 Digital Kit

Cambo Actus-DB Leaf Credo 50 Digital Kit ©CamboUK


Leaf Credo 50 ©CamboUK

Priced  at an incredible €17,499.00 (normal price €20,493.00) around £12,799.00 at todays exchange rate. Prices exclude VAT and delivery.

In May we demonstrated how to use movement with the Actus-DB and capture the images using the Leaf Credo 50 digital back. The shoot at the Royal Pavilion Gardens Brighton was well received and we will be making more of these events soon – sign up to this blog!

The results from this combination was so good it was natural for us to create a package and offer it at a special reduced cost. So what is on offer from Cambo? The system includes;

  • Cambo Actus DB+
  • Leaf Credo 50 Digital Camera Back
  • Digital Interface Plate
  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 90mm lens
  • Lens plate
  • Camera Bellows
  • Wake Up Firing Cable
  • Capture One Pro.

The Actus-DB+ is the upgraded version of the Actus-DB. After much discussion and feedback from professional photographers we have added the following;

  • Extended the rail to 175mm
  • Engraved Monorail Infinity settings for Rodenstock and Schneider lenses
  • Geared horizontal rear left/right shift

The Credo 50 Live Preview is a function that many photographers have been waiting for. Its fast, high quality and gives instant feedback of whether the image is in focus. You can zoom in to check focus and shoot within seconds producing a clean and sharp result. It also helps that the image is the right way round and that there isn’t the necessity to use a focus loupe or ND filter to view the image.

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

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Cambo UK Stock Clearance 2015

Cambo UK are clearing some stock items. Generally used for demonstrations and some are in new/nearly new condition.

Here are the products available and as they say “when it’s gone, it’s gone!”

CLH OfferX2Pro Offer

SCH OfferV5 Demo Unit

Rig OfferLoupe Offer

Prices exclude VAT and delivery.

For more information please contact Cambo UK on M:07863 116150 or send an email request;

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