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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2014, 09:16:46 AM »
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Steve:

From reading your great writeup on the CI blog, what is the best solution for existing Cambo lenses?  Example all Cambo WRS lenses with existing helical or helical T/S mount?  I noticed that they have a lot of different lens boards available in your specs.  Will the Cambo mounted lenses with a helical push the lens past infinity, at least the wider lenses like the 40mm Rod?  or 43SK? 

All the Leica and Nikon mounts are for lenses with manual aperture rings, as Mamiya. 

I saw the lens board with opening 0, which I recall is for any of the Tech lenses, with no specific mounts, Arca, Cambo Alpa etc.

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Paul


Hi Paul -

First, thanks for the compliment.

The available lens options are:

*Lensplate with 0 opening
*Lensplate with M39 threading
*Lensplate with Leica R Bayonet
*Lensplate with Hasselblad Bayonet (Hasselblad CF Lenses)
*Lensplate with Mamiya RB/RZ Bayonet
*Lensplate with Nikon F-Lens Bayonet

Unfortunately there is no ability to accommodate the helical focus mounted lenses from the various manufacturers (Cambo, Alpa, Arca Swiss, Sinar) in this design.


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« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2014, 04:11:51 PM »
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Steve, could using my existing proprietary Cambo mounts be an S. K. Grimes job to machine some kind of an adaptor?

Sure like to get dual duty from my tech cam lenses. Thanks.
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« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2014, 05:40:22 PM »
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Steve, could using my existing proprietary Cambo mounts be an S. K. Grimes job to machine some kind of an adaptor?

Sure like to get dual duty from my tech cam lenses. Thanks.

I hear you Andy. Umm....I don't know, maybe, but I think you'd lose a lot of distant focusing ability.


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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2014, 06:17:51 PM »
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That was my concern as the built in helical will push you past infinity.  Would be fine for close up work. 

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« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2014, 03:40:21 PM »
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Hopefully somebody will correlate a definitive list of rodenstock apo-rodagon (and non apo) enlarging lenses that will work with an A7 and deeper bodied 35mm cameras for table top and near macro photography, there seem lots of different versions available.
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« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2014, 06:02:40 PM »
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I see (2) VERY necessary items that Cambo will need to implement into their line of accessories for the Actus line:

1. Recessed lensboards(looking at this, I see this really only being able to work with enlarging lenses that do not have integrated shutters, or the same tech-camera lenses from Rodenstock and Schneider being mounted IN-BARREL, rather than in a factory mounted shutter(since the shutter is actually in the camera body).

2. "Top Hat" lensboards: These would allow longer amounts of extension than the stock camera utilizing flat boards will allow. So using shorter FL lenses such as 45mm/50mm APO Rodagons and or Schneider's APO Componon HM line(40mm, 45mm, 50mm, 80mm, 90mm, etc; or APO Macro-Digitars(again, in barrel(like an enlarging lens) or in-shutter).

Both are easily machined, and I can see them being offered in different sizes/depths for different uses. (10mm, 15mm, 25mm for instance)

just a thought, cuz I know I'd be getting some made for myself if I was getting one of these(which I'm not, but still)

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« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2014, 09:31:17 PM »
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Call me crazy, but I'd love to hook an Oly EM-1 to it and use Nikkor lenses. I wonder what focal lengths are workable. Steve?
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« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2014, 10:30:11 AM »
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Call me crazy, but I'd love to hook an Oly EM-1 to it and use Nikkor lenses. I wonder what focal lengths are workable. Steve?


Bob, I would expect similar focal lengths will work like we've seen and tested with the SK/Rodenstock lenses, maybe 35mm, but likely at least 40mm and up.

Dan - won't bringing an enlarging lens closer to the sensor have the opposite effect of your objective?


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« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2014, 12:20:39 PM »
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Call me crazy, but I'd love to hook an Oly EM-1 to it and use Nikkor lenses. I wonder what focal lengths are workable. Steve?

If you're talking about SLR lenses, all Nikkors have the same flange distance, so if one works, all should (at infinity).
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« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2014, 12:25:07 PM »
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If you're talking about SLR lenses, all Nikkors have the same flange distance, so if one works, all should (at infinity).


Yes, that would make sense - the same way all the Hasselblad or RZ lenses would work.


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« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2014, 05:44:59 PM »
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Zowie, I've got to get my hands on one of these to test. Very cool.
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« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2014, 09:15:24 AM »
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Is the Actus being shipped yet? Anymore tests?
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« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2014, 11:20:16 AM »
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Is the Actus being shipped yet? Anymore tests?


We received our demo unit this week - the first finished version, and are preparing an update to the original review. It should be available for download early next week.

For delivery of Cambo Actus units, we expect to receive our first shipment for customer orders in the next week or two, and any orders taken now will likely ship before end of August.


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« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2014, 03:59:48 PM »
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Hello guys, are there any Actus outside in the wild? Some reviews?
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« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2014, 12:27:28 PM »
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Nobody ?!?
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« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2014, 08:30:12 AM »
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Dear Steve, it seems your hands-on report is now offline. Itīs a pity I just wanted to read it again before eventually deciding for the August bundle offer ......
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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2014, 10:23:28 AM »
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Dear Steve, it seems your hands-on report is now offline. Itīs a pity I just wanted to read it again before eventually deciding for the August bundle offer ......

Hi O Viva -

Sorry, I am updating this prototype review to a full review on the actual shipping version. It should be up in the next day or so.


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« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2014, 09:45:10 AM »
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The original prototype article has now been updated to reflect the first shipping version of the Cambo Actus.

https://captureintegration.com/first-look-cambo-actus/


Also, we're now featuring a $3,990 Cambo Actus/Sony A7R Special Bundle available through August 31.

https://captureintegration.com/cambo-actus-and-sony-a7r-bundle/


I have been following some of the comments and questions - mostly surrounding lensboard options, like Bronica, Pentax, etc. Cambo is considering additional boards, but it depends upon demand. In the meantime, blank lensboards can be ordered for the enterprising...


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« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2014, 09:55:30 AM »
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The original prototype article has now been updated to reflect the first shipping version of the Cambo Actus.

https://captureintegration.com/first-look-cambo-actus/


Also, we're now featuring a $3,990 Cambo Actus/Sony A7R Special Bundle available through August 31.

https://captureintegration.com/cambo-actus-and-sony-a7r-bundle/


I have been following some of the comments and questions - mostly surrounding lensboard options, like Bronica, Pentax, etc. Cambo is considering additional boards, but it depends upon demand. In the meantime, blank lensboards can be ordered for the enterprising...


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IMO, the Rollei SL-66 lens board should have been included in the first place! ...it's a surprise that those SUPERB lenses have been ignored continuously by ALL makers that introduce lens option adapters in cameras with bellows for so many years... Totally inexcusable!  Huh I am sure that these lenses would give the best possible performance on that camera!  Shocked
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« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2014, 10:04:16 AM »
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IMO, the Rollei SL-66 lens board should have been included in the first place! ...it's a surprise that those SUPERB lenses have been ignored continuously by ALL makers that introduce lens option adapters in cameras with bellows for so many years... Totally inexcusable!  Huh I am sure that these lenses would give the best possible performance on that camera!  Shocked


I agree - they're great lenses. If more would have been sold, the decision might be easier. I think it is excusable if a manufacturer wishes to keep costs under control and create a profitable product. That does not always coincide with what users feel is the best possible product for their needs. Nonetheless, Theodoros, by raising your voice, you may bring it more forcefully to their attention and change their perspective.  Smiley

We shall see!


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