GUIDES & SUPPLEMENTS
Think BIGThe Latest in Large-Format Cameras With more and more photographers opting for the benefits of digital imaging, digital camera backs are enjoying a rise in popularity among large-format shooters, as well as medium-format and 35mm users. View cameras that debuted recently were built for use in digital imaging. These newer large-format models are lighter, ergonomically designed, and constructed to connect with the dynamic digital backs on today's market. STUDIO CAMERAS Calumet
Calumet's 45NXII is a versatile view camera with a full range of movements. An interchangeable bellows gives the user more versatility in the use of different focal lengths. Other features include a reversible back, large locking knobs, and dual-axis spirit levels on both standards. The 45NXII folds up for travel and is compatible with the Calumet and Cambo accessory system.
The Cambo Ultima view camera is compatible with all digital camera backs on the market. The camera offers dual-range focusing for rapid coarse and fine-focus adjustment. Individual locks on the coarse and fine focus and rise and fall movements give the photographer more control. The camera offers a full range of geared fine focus, rise and fall, tilt, swing and shift. Lenses to 47mm can be used with the Cambo Ultima without a recessed lensboard.
Horseman's most recent view camera introduction was the X-Act-D, which was designed to support digital camera backs. The camera features a sliding back that accepts all Hasselblad mount-type digital backs. Because the camera was designed for use in digital imaging, a CPU has been built-in to the camera body to interface with the digital back. The X-Act-D can accept lenses down to 38mm; a special wide-angle lens adapter is available for lenses 28mm and wider. The camera offers rise/fall, lateral shift, swing, and tilt. Focusing is through a rack and pinion drive.
Sinar's newest view camera, the Sinar p3, has been optimized for digital imaging. The precision of the Sinar p line of cameras has been combined with the digital input of Sinarback digital backs. The Sinar p3 also accepts roll film cassettes and sheet film up to 4x5. When using the Sinarback digital back with the p3, one cable attaches the back to the camera. Data transmission and power are both supplied through a single cable for a neater working environment. Designed to better suit the way large-format photographers work, the new camera's ergonomic locks allow quick and easy lens changes. Swiss-Arca
Swiss-Arca's Discovery is an economical choice for a beginner to large format photography and the company's system of view camera equipment. The Discovery is light-weight and compatible with a wide range of Swiss-Arca accessories. The camera offers front and rear rise and fall, tilts, swings and shift. The company manufactures a special Arca-Polaroid 405 back for their 4x5 cameras; Polaroid's 405 back isn't compatible. Bender
Want to try your hand at building your own large-format camera? Bender Photographics offers kits that consist of kiln-dried cherry wood and brass hardware.
Linhof's Master Technika field camera is available in two finishes, chrome and black. Anatomical grips with a cable release are offered for left and right-handed shooters. The Master Technika has a geared front rise, front tilt, and swing plus shift. The back swings and tilts. The camera is also equipped with a folding focusing hood. The Master Technika 2000, the latest variation on the classic Master Technika field camera, has a built-in focusing system. Accommodates 35mm-65mm lenses; longer lenses need to be focused on extension bed tracks, which come with the camera. Linhof offers 2x3, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 field cameras and studio view cameras through its United States distributor, HP Marketing Corp.
Toyo's new view camera, the 45CF field camera, was designed to be portable, durable, and affordable. The 45CF is lightweight, one-third lighter than an equivalent metal camera, due to its carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate construction. Toyo's 45CF accepts a range of lenses from 90mm-400mm and features a reversible film back. Roll film backs and digital camera backs can be attached via built-in Graflock locks. Toyo also offers a line of studio view cameras. Wisner
Wisner's more than 30 models of large-format cameras, including custom sizes, are made of natural or black varnished cherry and black or brass anodized aluminum. According to Wisner, if they don't make one in the size you're looking for, there probably isn't one available. The built-to-order 20x24 camera uses Polaroid's 20x24 film. A processor for Polaroid 20x24 film is also available. Wisner makes a number of complete panoramic large-format cameras, as well as conversion kits to turn a standard field camera into a panoramic field camera. The 4x5 Flight, a variation on the Pocket Expedition, features simplified front and rear standards and full movements, including axis and base tilts on the front and base tilt and swing on the rear. Exclusive lightweight lenses available.
Wista view cameras are available in 4x5 and 8x10 formats. The newest Wista view camera is the DX Type V. The camera features a 4x5 international back on the 45DX, which allows the normal 4x5 mount to accept 6x7 and 6x9 backs. For more versatility, the camera uses Wista 45 accessories. Wista makes a number of 4x5 cameras in wood, and an 8x10 wood camera, as well as a metal 4x5 camera. HP Marketing Corp. is Wista's United States distributor. Zone VI
The Zone VI Ultralight field cameras, available in 4x5 and 8x10 models, are handcrafted in Vermont. Both cameras are constructed out of Honduran Mahogany wood-no rain forest products used-and black anodized aluminum hardware. The 8x10 features a fixed bellows that extends to 38-inches. It offers front rise and fall, shift, swing, and tilts, and rear standard with swing and base tilt. The 4x5 weighs only four pounds, making it ideal for the photographer who treks into the wilderness to shoot. It's been redesigned to provide smoother movements and provide a more comfortable experience.