You may remember back in June when Austin Rogers posted the press release about the upcoming Cambo Actus, a view camera designed to work with mirrorless cameras. Well, it's finally here and the gang over at Capture Integration have put it through it's paces.
Think a very miniaturized version of an X2 Pro, with a more conventional view camera shape but an incredibly tiny footprint. Literally more like a very tiny little view camera. - Steve Hendrix, Sales Manager
The Actus has mount options for Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, and Micro 4/3, plus the ability to use a variety of lenses from Hasselblad, Mamiya, Schneider, Rodenstock, etc., which attach with a new "sliding fork" design. One thing that caught my eye is the ability to buy different adapter plates for various cameras aside from whatever mount you buy with the Actus, in the event you own more than one you'd like to use with this little guy. Capture Integration has bundles available for the Actus with the Sony A7R (on sale until Aug 31st). While the folks at CI agree that a camera like the Sony A7R isn't an 80 megapixel beast, it's still a considerable amount of pixels, especially when paired with a camera capable of the shift and tilt/swing movements of the Actus.
The camera is offered in two color options, black and titanium, and weighs just over 2 pounds. It has a magenetic bellows (yep, magnetic) and provides 20mm of horizontal rear shift, and 12mm/15mm of rise and fall. The camera also has 22 degrees of front tilt, all mounted on an Arca Swiss style base rail.
If you perform any product photography at all, how can you go on living without adding this shot expander to your arsenal?
Focusing isn't done through the DSLR, instead you have two methods for dialing in focus, a sliding rail-based rear standard focus for bringing things into range, and a fine focus knob for precision focus. As a product photographer, I've been a fan of the Cambo Ultima system for years, but I think this could be a pretty sweet little camera for shooting jewelry and other small table top products in lieu of setting up my much larger PhaseOne system. I actually use my Micro 4/3 Olympus OM-D more often than people might expect. These cameras and lenses produce some amazing image quality and have allowed me to eliminate DSLRs from my lineup completely. That's not to say it isn't a great camera for DSLR owners as well, by adding the ability to turn just about any lens into a tilt/shift lens, you aren't limited to the few focal lengths of Nikon, Canon, or other manufacturers. I haven't had the opportunity to get my hands on one personally yet, so for now check out the full test and review over on the Capture Integration website along with some pretty impressive test images.
[Via Capture Integration]