Cambo Super Field 4x5 : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hi All,

I'm just starting out in large Format photography and am considering purchasing the above camera, used. I'm looking for comments from those with experience with this camera in regards to its use, quality, stability, limitations and problems. I've perused this site for some info. but haven't found anything regarding this camera. I have found mentioned several recommendations for SINAR and Arca Swiss cameras and I may upgrade to one of these one day, but how far away in quality and operation is the Super Field from these cameras (the layout of controls seems almost identical to the SINAR F2)? My plan, for now, is to invest my money in buying the best lenses (and tripod) available. Thanks in advance, Mack

-- Mack Jones (, August 08, 2000


Monorail cameras can be a royal pain for field work, not that they don't work ok but they're so incredibly bulky.

I'd suggest a folding camera of some sort.

-- John Hicks (, August 08, 2000.

The Cambo 45 SF is quite similar in design and functionality to the Sinar F1, but heavier (9lbs) and not as solidly built (plastic parts in some critical areas). I don't know how much you'd pay used, but a new one is for sure not a good value. Because of weight and bulk, I'd be very hesitant to buy it if I planned to work in the field, and it's not a cheap camera unlike the Calumet 45N.

-- Q.-Tuan Luong (, August 09, 2000.

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