The ACDB-987 is an interchangeable insert that fits on to Actus-G Camera System. It allows uses to replace the bayonet holders AC-792, AC-793 and AC-78E and offers the possibility to use a digital back on the Actus-G series.
The ACDB-987 also adds an extra 12º tilt function (+6/-6 degrees) close to optical center of sensor. You only have to add the appropriate fitting bellows and a SLW-adapter for your digital back.
The ACDB-987 makes it even easier to switch from shooting with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera body to shooting with your digital back, while adding additional movements that you come to expect from a larger view camera, while not adding much additional size to the Actus you already know and love.
This adapter is compatible with:
In order to have a complete, solution users will need to add one of the below SLW-adapters:
SLW-80 for Hasselblad-V compatible digiback
SLW-89 for Hasselblad-H compatible digiback
SLW-83 for PhaseOne XF compatible digiback
SLW-84 for Sinar 30|45 compatible digiback
SLW-81 for Leaf AFi/Hy6 compatible digiback
WRS-1068 for Mamiya RB roll film back
And additionally need a set of the below bellows for Digital Backs:
ACDB-250 as normal bellows
ACDB-252 as wide-angle bellows
ACDB-254 as long extension bellows (on AC-330 monorail)
ACDB-256 as macro extension bellows (on AC-345 monorail)
The ACDB-987 will be shipping soon from the Cambo USA Dealer of your choice, and will be on display at Photokina 2018 and Photo Plus Expo 2018.
- WRS-72|50 body in Anniversary trim
- Dedicated aluminium body cap
- WTS-32 HR-W Digaron in T/S mount in Anniversary trim
- WTS-90 HR-SW Digaron in T/S short barrel mount in Anniversary trim
- WTS-2048 Tilt/Swing rear spacer Anniversary edition
- Dedicated aluminium lens caps
- PCH precision controlled Ball and Gear head in Anniversary trim
- Luxury Rimowa case with dedicated interior
- Certificate of Authenticity with matching numbers
With limited units, this special offer will not last long. Make sure you secure yours today!
Contact your Cambo USA Dealer of choice for more information.
We’re happy to announce another lens option for the Cambo Actus.
A special order Carl Zeiss Contax Distagon-35 refitted for use on our view cameras.
The skilled technicians at Cambo carefully remove the helical focussing mount and replace the aperture control with a manual, 15 bladed, version.
This beautiful lens works perfectly paired with both mirrorless medium format cameras and DSLRs. Even with Nikon (Nikon has the longest Flange Focal distance), thanks to the new barrel without helical.
The below test shot was made with an Actus-GFX. 5mm of fall, combined with horizontal shift to enable a stitched image.
But why? The R&D team at Cambo have this to say:
“Rebuilding a Contax 645’s 35mm into a new housing, getting rid of the helical and replacing the aperture may seem like putting a lot of effort in something you could achieve a lot easier. By i.e. mounting the lens to a Contax to Canon adapter. One reason to do it the ‘hard way’ was obviously the broader range of cameras for which the lens becomes suitable after this operation. Another is making better use of the lens’ image circle.”
They continue with:
“Stacking the lens to an adapter causes serious vignetting when shifting the rear standard of the Actus. This is caused by the relatively narrow Canon bayonet (although the biggest bayonet for 35mm cameras)”.
“The side-by-sides shown here (Above) are made with a Phase One back (using its ES shutter). In its Actar-35 incarnation the Distagon covers the complete sensor and still enables a fair bit of shift. Used via an adapter, it just covers the sensor and a minimum amount of shift will vignette.”
Due to the special conversion requirements of needing a donor lens, this service will need to be arranged with your Cambo dealer of choice. A list of dealers can be found at Cambousa.com/dealers and we at Cambo USA would be happy to provide more information or to begin the conversion process.
Based on the knowledge used in our other Canon lens adapters, Cambo has now created an adapter to enable the use of Canon lenses on the Hasselblad-X1D camera.
This adapter is mounted directly to the X1D camera bayonet and it controls the aperture of Canon lenses electronically, by similar controls as on the ACB-CA, WRE-CA and CA-GFX. Be aware that there is no further protocol to communicate with the X1D camera for setting aperture, auto focus or EXIF date from the lens.
It may be obvious that only Canon lenses that have a larger image circle, such as the T/S lenses, will have enough coverage for this sensor.
This combination makes it possible to use the Hasselblad X1D camera with a 17mm (and 24mm) focal length that covers the full format of the X1D 33x44mm sensor. Depending on the composition you may still be able to use the T/S movements on the lens unobstructed. More information will be released about compatibility with the newly announced Canon TS/E Lenses as they are available for testing, however at this time it can be assumed that the image circles will be of an acceptable size.
As there is no mechanical shutter in this setup, there are limitations in use with certain light sources, exposure times and subjects, we refer to the information from Hasselblad about this.
The below photos are of working prototype units, and do not indicate the final build/finish of these units.
The CA-XCD is available for pre-order now, and will ship later in September 2017. For pricing and ordering information please contact your closest Cambo dealer. A list of dealers are available at Cambousa.com/dealers
Introducing the ACXL-985 Bracket system for the Cognisys StackShot system.
Cambo has enabled the use of the Cognisys StackShot on the Ultima and Actus-XL view cameras.
This kit includes the needed bracket and gearing to connect to your Cambo view camera.
By applying tilt and/or swing to the front standard the amount of shots needed to obtain the optimum result can be reduced significantly. Stacking is done by moving the rear standard in small increments
The ACXL-985 Available now. Please contact your nearest Cambo dealer at Cambousa.com/dealers for more information. For more information on the Cognisys StackShot, please contact them directly for more information.
Please note this configuration is for Cambo Ultima or Actus XL cameras, this bracket solution will not work on other manufacturer’s camera systems.
We are very excited to announce that Cambo products are now available for purchase at Samy’s Camera and Samy’s Cinema Works locations.
A big welcome from all of us at Cambo USA to everyone who is a part of the Samy’s team!
For more information or to place your order contact your Samy’s salesperson or Cambo USA.
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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit the Cambo HQ and Factory in The Netherlands to take a look at how the Cambo products we all know and love are designed, machined, and hand assembled to perfection.
Cambo started producing cameras in 1947 and has the distinction of being the first company to produce an all metal medium format camera. Since then they have always built a reputation for high quality, precision engineered cameras, stands and other studio equipment (and accessories too!).
In 1965 the factory was re-located to its current location in Kampen, where it remains to this day.
The Cambo machine shop now contains five computer powered machine tools capable of producing individual parts out of solid aluminum at a steady and fast pace. As well as many other tools from de-burring tanks and even a tool for making their own ground glass inserts.
This portion of the process is all computer controlled. Aluminum blanks are loaded into cradles, which are then bulk loaded into the CNC machines.
Every product is designed with the aid of a computer to very precise tolerances, some even down to the one hundredth of a millimeter range. These designs are translated and loaded into the CNC mills alongside the blanks.
The CNC machines are designed to run with or without human interaction, allowing work to be completed around the clock. Depending on the component, each individual part can go from raw blank to machined part in as little as 30 seconds, to around 30 minutes for larger parts.
Because all of this work is done in house, products can be revised and updated features can be added if needed. This also means that prototype parts can be machined and tested very quickly, making the final product ready for market much faster.
Each of these individual components were once solid aluminum, and now are archived as masters for test fitting and to compare each batch of products that come off the production line.
This shows the complexity and tight tolerances of each Cambo product. For example the WRS-1200 shift mechanism is made up of 5 different parts, each one having to fit perfectly within it’s mate. If even one piece is out of spec, the entire camera cannot be used properly.
This organized chaos is where a team of trained professionals assemble each Cambo product by hand, pulling parts as needed to complete batches of items.
Each assembly technician is an expert in specific product lines, and performs both assembly and repair for products as needed. This allows for multiple products to be assembled simultaneously, and keep production wait times as low as possible.
During and after assembly each product is also checked to verify that each of the careful tolerances are within range.
Special die cut blocks are used to emulate the location of the film plane or digital back to ensure correct measurements are maintained.
WRS Lens Panels too are tested and calibrated to fine tune each individual lens to its machined home.
Once each part has been carefully assembled it is packaged and placed into storage, where it waits for an order to be placed.
Not only does Cambo keep well in stock of new products, but spare parts from products past are also stored within the assembly facility. Each part being carefully cataloged so that individual pieces can be grabbed in the event of a repair or replacement.
During my visit, a long time customer brought in an older model studio stand that aside from needing a new set of brake pads installed in its central column, looked and functioned fantastically. Even more impressive is that this stand was over 30 years old, and after a little refreshing still worked as well as the day it was purchased.
It’s easy to see that the upmost care is given to every part of the design, machining, assembly, and longevity of each Cambo product. So when you purchase Cambo equipment, you aren’t just buying into a brand. You truly are investing in a system that was built with you in mind.
Cambo Fotografische have introduced a new lens plate to enable photographers to experiment with enlarger lenses!
The lens plate fits to the Cambo X2Pro camera and has an M39 thread so you can try that trusted enlarger lens or buy a new lens that it less expensive to experiment with .
Price at €96.00 / £82.00 excluding VAT & Taxes, the X-229 recessed lens plate is available from Cambo UK, Cambo NL or your local Cambo stockist.
The Cambo X2Pro enables you to move the front standard (lens) to tilt, swing, horizontal shift and rise & fall. All movements are repeatable and greater than any DSLR lens on the market. Its compatible with Nikon, Canon & Sony mount cameras. There is also a Macro version available for 1:1 reproduction.
Enlarger lenses could be a good option as you can experiment before investing in dedicated digital lenses. Here are some “Before” and “After” shots captured by Richard Lotte using the Rodagon 135mm enlarger lens. They look pretty good.
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