Now, when I’ve got everything assembled and working, I am excited to show my new studio camera, Cambo Ultima D:
My previous setup (cambo master PC + 1Ds Mk III) was very cool view camera learning tool , but now I feel the difference: Working with this Cambo Ultima is like a riding a Mercedes-Benz after Honda (do not get me wrong, Honda makes great cars). All the gearing is smooth and precise, most of the dials does not have a lock (in opposite to Cambo Master PC), as it sort of “lock itself” after you finish with adjustments.
This is how I have it configured for now:
- Cambo Ultima D 4×5 with white shade bellows (many thanks to Piotr Kaperski for a great deal with the shade)
- Schneider 120mm f/5.6 Makro-Symmar HM Lens on copal 0 shutter (1/500 sec x-sync:-)
- Kapture Group One Shot Cable Release Adapter
- Kapture Group Hasselblad H Adapter Plate fro Cambo
- PhaseOne pP25+ 22 megapixel digital back
Schneider 120mm Makro-Symmar HM mounted on Dambo Ultima D
Truly, the camera is pure pleasure to work with. I feel like I am operating a futuristic machine
On other hand, if I compare the changes in workflow with this camera to what I had with Canon… Man! Everything is so much more cumbersome (I mean complicated:-)!
This is what I need to do to get a shot now:
- Aim camera to a subject.
- Switch shutter to “open” mode .
- Turn on LIVE VIEW on C1 software
- Adjust camera position and focus it on the subject while looking at Live View screen
- Turn off live view
- Switch shutter to normal operation
- Cock the shutter
- Take a picture
- Repeat all steps above if subject position needs to be changed and camera must be re-focused.
Pretty cool, isn’t it? )
So, what the deal, why I so exited to work with this monster?
Fist of all, it gives me a true freedom with camera movements. Unlike working with DSLR mounted on similar rig, I can swing or tilt lens or sensor to up to 45º and have no problems with shadows from the camera body.
Second, the image quality: Even dated P25+ renders much more details than Canon 1Ds MKIII or 5D MkII. Twice as large sensor provides more resolution and lack of AA filter makes a big difference. When I look at PhaseOne images, I feel like I’ve got cataract was removed from my eyes:-)
This is how Phase One P25+ looks like, mounted on the camera:
Obviously, I use this setup only for “serious” work (trying to do more serious work these days;-), Canon still the best for simple, “flat focus” shots. Not mentioning any moving subjects, of course.
I do not think I ever say goodbye to 35mm DLSr, as they are so easy to work with. Waiting for a new Canon 1Ds Mark IV, and hope it will be 40 Mpx, best in the world 35mm DSLR.
PhaseOne P25+ will be replaced with at least 50Mpx DB as well.
Have a great day!