Cambo Fotografische celebrates 70 years in business

Cambo Fotografische celebrates 70 years in business

Cambo 70 Anniversary


Cambo BV was founded in The Netherlands in 1946 and has the distinction of being the first studio camera manufacturer to produce an all-metal large format camera. Based in the town of Kampen in the East of The Netherlands, Cambo has since built a reputation for high quality, precision-engineered cameras, stands and other studio equipment.

Today, Cambo is based in a modern 2,000 sq m facility equipped with the latest computer controlled design and machine tools, ensuring production to the highest standards.

Emphasis on design innovation ensures that the Cambo range of High-End Cameras continues to provide for differing needs across the marketplace, from the “Actus Series” to the sophistication of the “Ultima System” and the ultra-precision of the “WideRS System” which caters for the precise needs of the digital photographer, in the studio and on location.

Cambo will celebrate their anniversary during Photokina. More information to follow…

Posted in Exhibitions & Open Days, Photokina | Tagged , , , ,

Canon EOS-M3 Micro shoot with the Cambo Actus

Everyday we are asked about which lenses are compatible with the Cambo Actus, so during a dealer show in the UK there was an opportunity to try out a few lenses from our friends at Canon. Our first test is shooting with the Canon EOS-M3 and 65mm MP-E.

Canon MP-E 65mm

The Canon 65mm f2.8 MP-E lens will go beyond 1:1 reproduction, this lens is capable of 1:1 to 5:1 reproduction, that’s up to 5x life size. We fitted this lens to front standard of the Cambo Actus using the Cambo EOS manual lens adapter. This shows the flexibility of the Cambo Actus system.

Canon EOS-M3You can also use the Cambo EOS Auto lens adapter but on this occasion we used the manual version. On the rear standard we fitted the  Cambo EOS-M camera mount for the Canon EOS-M3 camera body. This has a 24.2 Mega Pixel CMOS sensor and being mirrorless  can pull the focus through the macro ratio lens range. We could have used the Sony A7 or a Fuji XT series camera but this was an ideal opportunity to test the Canon combination.

Cambo Actus Canon M3


The EOS-M3 has a mode to fire without an electronic lens attached. This is a requirement when using a technical camera such as the Cambo Actus. The EOS-M3 body is extremely lightweight and even the built-in screen shows good detail. In fact I only used the camera screen to focus, in an ideal situation I would have used an external monitor.

Cambo Actus Canon M3


If we were shooting on a copy stand or in a studio environment we could have attached the focus whip to focus without touching the camera. There is also a Smartphone remote fire function for the EOS-M3. This would also help when shooting ‘micro’ images and would eliminate camera shake. The result shows that the Actus and Canon combination setup is a good working solution.

Cambo Actus Macro


Finally, we removed the tripod adapter from the lens as this was not required. Although the Actus is a lightweight camera it is solid and the Cambo EOS lens adapter firmly locks in place.

Sign up to the blog as more information will follow leading up to Photokina 2016.

Contact your dealer for prices and further advice about shooting macro/micro. You can find your local supplier on the Cambo website; if you can’t then send an email with your enquiry;

Posted in ACTUS, macro, Technical | Tagged , , , , , ,

Cambo QR-6 Quick Release Unit

There are some useful accessories manufactured by Cambo. A recent introduction to the product range is the QR-6 Quick Release Set.

On my travels I have spoken to photographers that have purchased 3rd party Arca Swiss compatible products. However when receiving them they have found that the plate is too wide so cannot be tightened or too narrow so the camera mount cannot be inserted.

I was pretty surprised to hear this and witnessed a few well known products that had this problem. Let’s hope they have corrected these issues. The QR-6 is a true fit, engineered and measured precisely to give you reliable functionality for many years to come.


Cambo Quick Release Unit QR-6

When Cambo introduced the Actus it was designed with a camera rail to be used with an Arca Swiss tripod head. At the same time a new ball head was introduced the CBH-6 which has a quick release head. The quick release plate is used for your DSLR camera and when removed the Actus rail fits into the Arca Swiss jaw and holds the camera rail firmly in place.

Cambo CBH-6 ballhead

Cambo CBH-6 ballhead

This type of fitting has proven to be very popular with professional photographers. Cambo then decided to introduce the QR-6 quick release unit, for 2 reasons.

The first was to give an option to add the Arca QR fitting to a tripod that didn’t have it. The second was so that when you shoot on a copy stand the QR-6 fits directly to the camera platform. You don’t really want to use a ball and socket head on a copy stand as it can be very difficult to align the sensor parallel to the copy board surface.

The QR-6 has a 3/8th thread to fit to your tripod and a 1/4inch camera thread in the release plate. Measuring 55mm(w) x 60mm(l)x26mm(h).

Quick Release QR-7

Cambo Quick Release QR-7

A spare top plate is available QR-7 if you have several cameras that require quick change over.

All products are available from your local Cambo stockist, prices exclude VAT/Tax and delivery;

  • QR-6 Quick Release Unit €138.00
  • QR-7 Spare top plate €50.00
  • CBH-6 Ball head €350.00

Sign up to the blog as more information will follow leading up to Photokina 2016.

Contact your dealer, or find your nearest supplier via the Cambo website; email;

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

The Ultimate Photographers Weekend

DDI PhaseOne Lakes

Chris Ireland of DDI ( has brought together award winning photographers Joe Cornish, Steve Gosling and Shahbaz Majeed to host “The Ultimate Photographers Weekend” in the Lake District.

DDI photographers phase one cambo

This is an event not to be missed, with two days training using the ultimate in photographic tools, including Phase One’s IQ3 100 and IQ3 50 digital backs; Phase One A Series cameras; Phase One XF Camera systems, a wide range of technical cameras and lenses including the Cambo Actus and Wide RS, all under expert supervision.

phaseonekit ddi cambo actionmc

We will be shooting in two locations, the delegates will be divided into small groups to spend time learning from each of the mentors. The use of medium format cameras will be covered, how and when to use a technical camera and lens choices. You will have ample opportunity to experience, use and become familiar with multiple camera systems.

Cambo Cameras ddi actionmc

We will also spend time showing you how to process your images using the latest version Capture One Pro9. Taking your file from RAW capture to a print ready file takes some skill and knowledge but we will give you hints and tips along the way to guide you through the workflow.


For this special event we have selected the 4 Star Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Keswick, Cumbria. Situated in “the loveliest square mile in Lakeland” Alfred Wainwright MBE, with open log fires and award winning cuisine, where better to relax and admire the panoramic views with like-minded photographers and enthusiasts. This will be a great opportunity to meet everyone, socialise, relax and share ideas over some great food.

To book your “Ultimate Photographers Weekend”

We are limiting the places to 20, so to ensure maximum benefit for all attendees. This will enable all attendees to use the camera systems and lenses available over the two days.

Normal Price £950.00 SAVE £100.00 Early Booking Price £850.00 for reservations made by 31st August 2016. Prices include VAT.


You are welcome to bring your partner/spouse (for a relaxing time in the Lakes to walk and see the sites) for a special deal supplement, and this will include, the evening banquet meal and breakfast on the Saturday morning. You may wish to extend your stay before or after the event, we have therefore arranged special rates when you make the extra booking.

Contact; Chris Ireland T.0113 2370563 M.07950 368554


Mentors Links

Joe Cornish

Steve Gosling

Shahbaz Majeed

Chris Ireland

Action Marketing & Consultancy: Specialise in marketing all creative, media, camera & technology related products and services.

Posted in Exhibitions & Open Days, Landscape | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

New Ultima camera fittings

You may have already read the Cambo newsletter announcing that you can update the Ultima camera system with accessories developed from the Cambo Actus series. A few photographers have already asked me, what is the avdvantage of using an Ultima camera and how do these accessories improve the camera?

Let’s take a look at the Ultima and discover what the camera offers in the way of functionality.

You can already adapt the Ultima to the following;

  • DSLR system (Nikon/Canon)
  • Mirrorless Camera (Sony A7 Series)
  • Medium Format Digital Backs (Hasselblad/Leaf/PhaseOne)
  • 4×5 Film (Film!)
Cambo Ultima 45, 23 and 35

Cambo Ultima 45, 23 and 35

There is more control with the Ultima, which is expected as the platform is larger than the Actus series. Micro movement control is extremely important when shooting in and out of the studio. You can read more here <LINK TO ULTIMA BROCHURE> and this is why the Ultima has sold successfully for 18 years.

So why adapt these Actus accessories to the Ultima? Let’s take a look at the products Cambo have announced;

  • ACXL-970 rear frame standard
  • ACXL-965 rear camera standard
  • ACXL-960 front standard adapter



Cambo ACXL-970

This is a rear frame standard that accepts the SLW adapters to fit a digital back. The SLW adapters are available for Hasselblad H/V, Phase One Mamiya, Leaf Mamiya, Contax, Leaf Afi and Sinar HY6.

The ACXL-970 accepts the magnetic bellows that is supplied with the Cambo Actus DB/DB2. This makes assembling and packing the camera away fast and easy to do.

In the recent mailer the interesting comment for me is “if you have a Cambo sliding back, Cambo also has an exchange plate for that under construction” – This will be an ideal accessory for photographers using a digital back that does not have a live video function.



Cambo ACXL-965

The new rear camera standard is a very useful accessory as this will enable you to adapt more digital camera bodies to the Ultima. The Ultima is already compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony E series. However, you have fit an additional battery pack to the Canon or Nikon cameras and to move the camera from horizontal to vertical you have to fit an extra vertical bracket. This slows the photographer down with change over.

With the ACXL-965 you no longer need an additional battery pack as the camera is fitted to the bayonet mount. The best part for me is moving from horizontal to vertical is easy as you flick the switch and rotate the camera body. It’s faster to do and more importantly the composition of the image is aligned.

There are camera mounts for Canon DSLR and M3, Nikon DSLR, Leica M, Sony E, Micro Four-Third, Olympus OMD and Fuji X.



Cambo ACXL-960

As Cambo have added more digital camera compatibility, it is also possible to use a wider range of lenses b y adding the new ACXL-960. For example if you use the Fuji mirrorless series camera which has an APS-C sensor a wider range of lenses will cover the capture area and give more options for stitching larger images. See our previous article Cambo Actus and Fuji XT.

The ACXL-960 opens up more lens possibilities, there are mounts available now for; #0, #1, M39 Thread, Leica-R bayonet, Hasselblad V bayonet, Mamiya RB/RZ bayonet, Nikon F bayonet, Canon EOS bayonet, MamiyaPro TL bayonet and Pentax 645 bayonet.

All products are available from your local Cambo stockist, prices exclude VAT/Tax and delivery;

  • ACXL-970 rear frame standard €390
  • ACXL-965 rear camera standard €279.00
  • ACXL-960 front standard adapter €158.00

Sign up to the blog as more information will follow leading up to Photokina 2016.

Contact your dealer, or find your nearest supplier via the Cambo website; email;

Posted in Technical | Tagged , , , , , ,

Cambo Actus Focus Whip

We recently featured the portrait photographer Alex Vreeman And many have asked about the Cambo focus whip connected to the Actus camera. This video briefly explains the parts you need and how to fit it.

The focus knob needs to be replaced with the Whip Knob. Simply move the rubber grip with a small screw driver and be careful not to damage the rubber focus grip.

Make sure you align the flat part on the spindle with the Whip focus knob, slot it into place and tighten up with an allen key.

There is a screw supplied with the new Whip focus knob, but I prefer to use the allen bolt from the original knob as it is shorter and fits flush with either focus knobs.

As you can see from the sample video the focus is very smooth as your hand is away from the camera minimising vibration. The Whip Focus is ideal for all types of work especially tabletop, macro and archive photography.

To order contact you local dealer or Cambo B.V. direct for prices

Action Marketing & Consultancy: Specialise in PR marketing for all creative, media, camera & technology related products and services.


Posted in ACTUS, Technical | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Cambo exhibiting at Photokina 2016

Cambo Fotografische B.V. are pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at Photokina the world’s leading trade fair for photography and video.


Dates for your diary

Photokina 2016 will be held in the Koelnmesse. The exhibition is from 20-25th September, doors opening at 10.00am until 06:00pm.

You can find CAMBO in Hall 4.1, Stand nr H17

New for Photokina 2016

Cambo will be presenting the updated ACTUS series cameras and show the full capabilities of this modular technical camera system. Groups will be invited for in-depth “hands-on” demonstrations throughout the day.

There will be a range of technical cameras, Wide RS, updated Studio Stands and a variety of Cambo products and accessories on show.

We look forward to meeting you!

For press enquiries and new product information please contact:                                   Cambo UK email: Tel: +44 (0)7863 116150

Don’t forget to register on the Cambo UK blog and be the first to receive updates

Posted in ACTUS, Photokina | Tagged , , ,