Accessories are the key to success in using a professional studio camera. This is why Sinar Bron is the top choice among professionals.

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Accessories for the Cambo Ultima 4x5 large format camera from Calumet Photographic
and Calumet Digital Solutions

unassembled Cambo camera (jpeg)
Cambo Ultima camera unassembled

Sinar Bron makes hundreds of clever accessories for every conceivable need. Other 4x5 cameras are basically okay, but their companies simply don't make a full line of accessories. Even Linhof and other well known studio cameras pale in comparison with the accessory catalog of Sinar Bron.

Thus it was a pleasant surprise when the Cambo Ultima came from Calumet Digital Solutions that a leaflet was included which listed the available accessories. Calumet had thoughtfully already included several accessories to be sure that the camera would be evaluated together with all needed add-ons.

The black-covered leaflet is the list of accessories. A much thicker Calumet catalog shows all the other items that Calumet Photographic offers for the professional studio photographer.

Cambo Ultima camera (jpeg)
Here is the Cambo Ultima all assembled (the Calumet demo for BetterLight at trade shows). It holds the heavy scan back quite securely. The Cambo Ultima is now on location in Guatemala, Central America.

The instruction manual is your first introduction to how a camera company views the end-user.

Although I am reading the manual as I write this in Germany, it will be a while until I am back in Guatemala actually using the camera in the field. In the meantime I can report that the instruction manual has plenty of illustrations and seems to explain everything adequately.

The Sinar X, being a demo unit which obviously had been around for several years, had long ago become separated from its operator's manual. Although the Sinar is a rather complex full-featured professional studio camera, by using basic common sense I was indeed able to figure out how all the controls functioned, how to increase the length of the rail, and how to fold the camera up for packing (I was pleasantly surprised that the Sinar X was fully portable despite its impressive size). But I have no way to comment on the Sinar X's instruction manual because there was none.

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