Cambo Wide 4x5 Impressions?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
Does anyone have any experience with the Cambo Wide 4x5 cameras?
-- Denis Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 30, 1999
I rented one about a year ago. It was for a group photo of about 100 people. Being it has no tilts or swings the image was superb. I am seriously thinking of buying one.
A few -'s : The shift can be applied in only one direction at a time. Also, there is only a tripod socket for the horizontal position. And: Each lens is mounted in its' own helical & lens "cone". Therefore they are very expensive. Also it does not have the fastest of lenses. I believe it would not accept a 90 5.6 or 4.5 lens. The Schneider 90 is f8.
Afew +'s : Very parallel lens & film plane. The pics I took were fabulous corner to corner. I did not use it handheld but it looks like it would be very easy to do so. It looks very well made.
Even with its' inherent limitations I would love to get one. Right now Calumet has a special which includes an optical viewfinder. I did rent the finder but it did not have the mask for the 90. It is very nice.
-- Guy Anderson (email@example.com), June 30, 1999.
I posted a long review of this camera on this site (check the archives under "Cameras" and look for a thread called "Impressions: Cambo Wide...") and there were some alternatives discussed in response.
As you'll see, I only have experience with the 47mm lens, but I tried to make the review applicable to other uses of the camera. Feel free to e-mail me if you have other questions.
-- Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 30, 1999.