The WRX-1003 is an ARCA compatible Tripod Mounting Block for the Phase One XT Camera. This adapter allows you to mount the Compendium from the bottom of the XT Camera. Before the introduction of this adapter you would have to remove the metal panel on the side of the camera to mount a compendium tot the XT. The WRX-1003 comes with 16.5cm support rods. Its also is available in the WRX-1002, which also includes a compendium. Below is a short instructional video that explains the easy installation.
The X-Shutter is an electronic leaf shutter that can replace the traditional #0 copal shutter on several Schneider and Rodenstock lenses. The X-Shutter is only controlled by Phase One’s IQ4 infinity platform. Some of your existing lens panels with a Rodenstock or Schneider lens can be remounted with tis new X-Shutter. Cambo will start delivery of Cambo WRS lens panels – with or without Tilt/Swing mechanism – featured with the X-Shutter by default.
The WRS-HVSA lensplate allows you to mount lenses from the Hasselblad-500 series, in combination with the WRS series camera and the PhaseOne XT and adds extra functionality for the lens’ leaf shutter to be activated and released.
The WRC-HVSA Kit comprises the WRC-400 camera body, the new WRS-HVSA lenspanel, the SLW-80 interface for Hasselblad-V interface, as well as a wooden handgrip. (Lens not included)
The WRS-SERV is a new service that sends your WRS-1000, 1200, 1600, 5000 series or the WRC-400 back to the Cambo Headquarters for a modification and over all service check. The modification machines a groove into the body of the camera that allows for XT lens panels to be used on your WRS or WRC bodies.
The WRS-1049Front-Adapter can replace the WRS-1048 in combination with Cambo WRS Short Barrel Lens Panels. Now you can use a Cambo WRS Short Barrel on the Phase One XT body, as the XT body doesn’t accept rear spacers.
Not introduced in 2020 but Cambo’s PCF tripod head has amazing flexibility. It can tilt, swing, rotate as if it were a ball head, and it has precision gears for fine-tuned tilt and swing and additional geared rotation of the top platform. All geared movements are self-locking and available in any position of the head. After leveling, the top rotation can be used for panoramic shooting.
Building off the success of the PCH (Precision Control Head)launched in 2017, we are excited to announce the following two upcoming new members of the Cambo PC (Precision Control) tripod head family:
The PCM (Precision Control Manual) is an entry level version of the PCH head which removes the internal gearing system while maintaining a sturdy and easy to position camera support body.
The PCF (Precision Control Full) builds on the existing PCH geared body, but adds additional geared controls to the 360º rotating platform on the top of the unit.
The new PC heads will launch alongside a newly offered QR-8 quick release plate with a 3/8″ screw (vs the standard QR-7 plate with 1/4″ screw). Both plates are based on the Arca standard and are interchangeable depending on your camera mount type.
Following the official introduction of the Fujifilm GFX100 on May 23rd, 2019 Cambo is pleased to announce a dedicated interface for mounting, and supporting this new flagship camera in the GFX line of products.
As a result of the different body design compared to the Fujifilm GFX50 series, the bayonet holder for the GFX100 will have a different shape than the existing holder AC-792, and includes an extra riser block for the front standard.
Cambo’s new AC-795, designed as an interchangeable bayonet holder kit, will be compatible with the current Actus-G series.
However, due to the design changes of the Fujifilm GFX100 body, this needs to be positioned on a higher distance to allow enough clearance. This results in an additional 30mm riser block to be needed for the front standard. As well as an additional spacer that needs to be added on the rear bayonet mount.
Because of this additional flange spacing the Actar-60, and some other wider angle lens options will not be able reach infinity setting with this kit.
NOTE: Alternatively the Fujifilm GFX100 will fit the Actus-GFX unchanged, in portrait orientation only without the need for the additional spacer, but because of the new design the AC-795 is required for landscape orientation.
Cambo ACB-795 Specifications:
Bayonet : Fujifilm GFX
Available Color: Black anodized Internal Rotation:90 degrees between Landscape and Portrait Raiser block front standard: 30mm high, included with kit.
The interface kit AC-795 will be available shortly and can be pre-ordered as of today from your dealer of choice.
Shipping now, the AC-380 and AC-381 fine gear drives add yet another option for customers looking to get the most out of their existing Actus camera.
This double gear knob kit for focus and tilt will be interchangeable with the current axle/knob/gear. The large knob controls as it does with the existing knob set, however this will add a smaller knob that reduces the movement to 1:5 gearing for more precise control and self locking.
Because of the slight differences in tilt mechanism design, two versions of this upgrade will be offered. The AC-380 is for focus on all Actus cameras and for the tilt movements of the Actus-Mini. The AC-381 exits for those customers wishing to upgrade the tilt movements on their Actus-G or Actus-DB II. Both kits will be identically priced, and will be sold individually for users that only wish to upgrade one knob at a time.
The install process is fairly simple and straight forward, and both kits include all of the instructions and tools needed to perform the swap yourself without the need to ship anything back to Cambo.
Both the AC-380 and AC-381 are available now from any of or US Dealers.
The WRE-2138 and WRA-2138 Float Lens panels are lenses dedicated to the use with Digital Backs. Both feature a Rodenstock 6,5/138 HR-Float Digaron lens with Rodenstock eShutter-250 (or Rodenstock Aperture Only Mount in the case of the WRA-2138).
This very special lens design is mounted in a helical focussing mount, which drives a floating element for optimal sharpness at any focussed distance.
The WRE-2138 and WRA-2138 fit to all Cambo Wide RS camera systems.
The Rodenstock HR Digaron-SW float 138 mm f/6.5 is an exceptionally sharp, long focal length, lens for adjustable technical cameras.
The optical design with eleven lens elements in ten groups is very complex for a prime lens. It has the highest possible resolving power extremely close to the diffraction limit. This is not only achieved across the entire field of the largest digital sensors – but also to the edge of it’s constant 110mm image circle.
For professional technical camera users, even with the largest sensor formats, this gives ample clearance for parallel shifts for perspective corrections without excessive stopping down of the aperture according to the Scheimpflug rule.
The rotation of the focusing ring automatically controls the floating elements group and all aberrations are therefore minimized throughout the whole focusing range. Even with extreme camera movements this lens remains tack sharp.
In the studio the electronic Rodenstock eShuttercan be controlled easily via USB from the computer or with an app from an iPhone, iPod, iPad or a similar Android mobile device. It can also be operated with the remote controller Sinar eControl with a rechargeable Li-Ion battery offering independent use on location.
When mounted as the WRA-2138, the Rodenstock Aperture Only mount is a great option when working with the latest Digital backs with built-in sensor-activated Electronic Shutter. The aperture is manually set at the lens, and in this configuration, there are no need for any sync cables between lens and back.
Please note that limitations apply based on the individual model of digital back you are using. We refer to the manufacturer of the applicable digital backs for support and use of electronic shutter functions.
Shortest focal distance to object: approx. 1.0 mtr
Image circle of lens at any f/stop: 110 mm
Optical Movements: CCD size 37x37mm: 33/33 mm CCD size 33x44mm: 34/30 mm CCD size 36x48mm: 30/26 mm CCD size 37x49mm: 31/27 mm CCD size 40x54mm: 28/24 mm CCD size 36x56mm: 29/24 mm
Please note that the optical movements are larger than achievable due to mechanical limitation.
This lens is currently being released in small increments, with plans on a full production model being made available later this summer. Preorders are available now from any Cambo USA dealer.
When we set out to create what would become the 2019 Cambo Factory tour late in 2018 we sat and tried to create an event that both was visually interesting as well as something that would be stimulating for a fan of Cambo equipment (or someone who was curious about how a final camera is “born” from raw materials).
We started the first official day of our workshop at Cambo Headquarters and Factory in the small town of Kampen in The Netherlands.
Our hosts gratefully started with a brief history lesson which served to tell us how Cambo as a company was started, and walked us through some of the design ethos to help us understand where the company would be going.
We then were lead through a guided tour of the factory floor. We would see how each product begins as a digital rendering, which then gets fed into a computerized milling machine that transforms raw aluminum blocks into a final product.
We also just happened to be in the factory while some new products were making their way off the line. Our tour group were the first people outside of The Netherlands to see these upcoming camera accessories!
After lunch in the neighboring village we were back in the conference room and it was time for the fun to really begin. Each participant was given the opportunity to check out whatever equipment they could possibly imagine.
Each participant then received specialized one-on-one training as to how to best get the most out of what would be their tools for the rest of the week. As well as a special gift, a personalized camera bracket, that was laser engraved with each participant’s name and markings to indicate it came from our Tulip adventure that would commence the next day.
Our plans to capture Kampen at sunrise may have fallen short due to morning mist and cloudy skies, but that didn’t stop us from trying.
After a nice breakfast, it was off to the races!
We met with Pim Van Der Maden, a well known Dutch photographer, and Renè from Cambo who would be our local guides for the tour.
If we had waited another week all of these tulips would have already been harvested. The warm winter earlier in the year caused the bloom to start before we arrived. While we were shooting, the farmers were walking the rest of the fields removing any stray colored flowers that had made their way into the neatly organized rows.
After a full morning of Tulips, we went back to Pim’s studio for a much needed cup of hot coffee.
We then moved to the (former) island of Schokland, which back before the reclamation in the 1940s was known to have the North and South ends almost completely separated from each other every day during high tide.
Just 77 years ago, most of this area was under water as it exists below sea level.
We then moved to the seaside village of Urk for a chance to shoot some perspective corrected architecture of an old light house that no longer shines.
Urk is also the home of a functional port, as any good seaside village should be. The local population still makes a living by fishing and the maintenance of boats.
After Urk we returned back to Kampen for dinner, and to our surprise the city streets began to fill. We knew that the next day was going to be a big celebration for The King, but little did we know that the party started the night before!
Kings day proper was left open for everyone to explore the local celebrations. Booths lined the street offering games, treats, and a celebration of all things orange!
Later that night we were in for one last surprise. We were granted VIP access to a special concert at the medieval cathedral in the heart of Kampen where our host Renè was performing as part of the nationally celebrated Men’s choir.
The next morning it was time to pack up and head back to Amsterdam for our last day together. We all enjoyed the time we had spend with each other, and agreed that the adventure would need to continue again next year!
We have already started planning for our 2020 trip, which will be an all new adventure. Please keep checking back for more information as it becomes available. We can’t wait to have you join us!
In 2013 the announcement was made that no more Copal shutters were going to be produced, which was a shock to large format photographers worldwide.
Over the last six years the stock of existing shutters has been at a high enough level that Photographers were still able to get their hands on these essential lens accessories.
Late last year we were made aware that Rodenstock’s stock of these shutters had finally been used up, and that no other lenses would be mounted in a Copal-0 mechanical shutter. And sadly today I must report that new Rodenstock lenses are no longer able to be purchased with mechanical shutter options.
The Future of Shutters:
We are left now with two options for our Actus and WRS camera system customers:
The E-125 and E-250 shutter system: Built and designed by Sinar, this shutter system relies on an exterior powered control box to set shutter speed and actually trigger the shutter itself. Depending on the shutter model these units are capable of a max shutter speed of 1/125th or 1/250th of a second and allow for synchronization of flash units
Due to the form factor of these shutters, new Rodenstock optics are able to be delivered for use with both the Actus (unmounted) or mounted in the Cambo WRS mount.
More information can be found by reading Sinar’s the E-Control PDF
Please note that the E-Controller itself is not directly available through Cambo USA, and instead should be ordered through your Cambo dealer of choice, many of whom are also Sinar-Leica dealers
Rodenstock Aperture-Only Mount:
Aperture size #0
Aperture control manual
Aperture range 6 f/stops.
No Flash synchronisation
Coming later this quarter Rodenstock will be releasing a newly designed Aperture-Only mount for their current HR optics line-up.
This newly designed mount will share the Copal-0 sizing standard, which allows it to be used with all existing Copal-0 boards available today. And like the E-125/E-250 shutters, this new option will be available in both an un-mounted version or in a WRS lenspanel for use across the entire lineup of Cambo camera options.
This is a great option when working with the latest Digital backs that have a built-in sensor-activated Electronic Shutter (Such as the Phase One IQ3-100 and new IQ4 series digital backs). In this case, there is no need for a synchronisation between lens and back, as there are no moving and vibrating shutter parts. The desired aperture is set on the mount itself, and then the back can be fired either by touching the rear screen, or remotely via cable.
Unfortunately due to the current capabilities of the modern digital back sensor assembly, flash synchronization is limited and cannot be used in all shooting situations.
(We recommend reviewing information from your manufacturer specific to your digital back of choice for more information on this type of capture situation).
Better news for Actus camera users, as this allows for high quality optics to be used much easier than in the past with modern Mirrorless or DSLR cameras. Since ISO and Shutter speed are controlled on the rear-mounted camera, the aperture can quickly be adjusted and in many cases live view can accurately show a preview of the final image before capture.
What’s Next for Lens Shutters?
As digital back sensor technology continues to get better and better, and with the eventual packaging of a global electronic shutter into digital backs, the Rodenstock Aperture-Only mount will continue to be a light-weight and easy to use option for Photographers of all types.
As for now, we wait patiently what the future will hold, and hope to have something that is as long lasting as the legacy that Copal is leaving behind.
For more information, or to purchase lenses in E-250 & Rodenstock Aperture-Only mount, please contact your Cambo USA dealer of choice by visiting our Dealer page.
Do you love your Cambo gear as much as we do? Ever wonder what kind of care and craftsmanship goes into the making of your favorite camera? Is there a Cambo camera you have had your eye on but just haven’t had the chance to get it in your hands yet? Would you like to find out for yourself??? Well then… this is the tour for you! Enjoy five nights and four days in the Netherlands filled with multi-city tours, amazing shooting locations and an exclusive Cambo Headquarters & Factory tour. Oh… and you will get to join in with the natives countrywide King’s Day celebrations!
Private Factory Tour
Cambo USA is hosting a private tour to the Netherlands this coming Spring that is sure to WOW every Cambo camera lover. This five day tour will begin with an exclusive invitation only factory tour in Kampen with Cambo’s key executives and engineers.
Try Out The Gear of Your Dreams
After you see what goes into each Cambo camera, it’s time to borrow the kit you have had your eyes on. For two whole days Cambo is loaning a special kit to every participant! Like what you tried? Take it home at the end of the trip with a special PRIVATE discount.
Stunning Shooting Locations
Have you heard about the beautiful tulips that are in full bloom during springtime in Amsterdam? Get prepared because you will have the chance to experience this in person…CAMBO STYLE! We will spend four days shooting gorgeous sites in Kampen, Urk and Amsterdam! We are pleased to have the talented Pim Van der Maden as our guest photographer and tour guide.
Guest Photographer Pim van der Maden
Full-time professional photographer since 1988 Pim specializes in floral photography, landscapes and people.
Pim is a well-known name to many international top florists, flower publications, books, brochures, and websites.
Pim will be your guide through the Tulips, the Dutch Countryside, and the Seaside Village of Urk.
Learn more about Pim, and see more of his work by visiting his website (Website in Dutch).
Kings Day Weekend
To add to your once in a lifetime experience… we are planing this entire trip around Kings Day Weekend! On King’s Day you will be free to celebrate how ever you wish! That’s right.. we’ve decided to clear the schedule so that you will have the ability to go out and join in all of the city’s festivities.
Private Shuttle Transportation will be provided from the airport to the hotel in Kampen, to and from the scheduled shooting locations and to the hotel in Amsterdam on the final day. You will be responsible for your transportation on free days and on your departing flight from Amsterdam.
Hotel Accommodations four nights will be spent in Kampen at Hotel Van Dijk and one night in Amsterdam at Hotel Vondel.
Cambo Factory & Headquarters Tour Get answers directly from Cambo’s developers, give your thoughts on what new and exciting products you think should come next, and get to see where the best camera equipment in the world is born!
Private “try before you buy” Cambo Demo Equipment try out the latest Cambo equipment that you have had your eyes on. and take home the equipment of your dreams with special event only pricing.
Guided Sunrise & Sunset Shooting Tour capture the beautiful scenery of Kampen on one day followed by a Tulip driving tour on the following day using Cambo equipment.
Konigsdag “Kings Day” Party celebratewith the locals at a nation-wide party.
Hotel Van Dijk is to be found in a monumental building at the front of the river IJssel. It is favorably located in the town center and you can easily walk to the shopping areas and museums.
The attractive hotel rooms have a private bathroom and a TV. All rooms also have Wi-Fi access. In the morning you can start your day with a good breakfast in the breakfast room of the hotel.
A cozy bar is available for refreshing drinks.
There are many recreation facilities in the city and surrounding areas, such as water and forests. You can take walks, cycle or explore the sights of Kampen and Giethoorn. Bikes can be stored at the hotel. There are also museums, shops and other attractions along the river in the town center.
(Description by Booking.com)
Amsterdam, Lodging: Hotel Vondel
Hotel Vondel is nestled among Amsterdam’s lively centre. The hotel offers outstanding accommodation at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide comfort for everyone’s taste. The hotel’s exclusive and intimate size doesn’t prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone’s throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter & fashion district.
(Description by tripadvisor.com)
Kings Day - Koningsdag
History of King’s Day (and Queen’s Day)
Amsterdam celebrated King’s Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013 (what was then still Queen’s Day).
The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance with the new Queen’s birthday.
When she became queen, the now Princess Beatrix chose to retain the day in honour of her mother but as of 2014, King’s Day is officially celebrated on 27 April (the king’s birthday).
The name may have changed slightly but the festive spirit of the day is sure to remain! You’ll be treated to a sea of orange as everyone – and their pet – is covered head to toe in oranje (orange) as a show of pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau.
Every year, the royal entourage visits a town or municipality in the Netherlands as part of the celebrations.