Gerhard Witteveen demonstrates Fujifilm GFX 50S Cambo Actus Technical Camera Combo for Studio Product Shots

One of the most exciting outcomes of the arrival of Fujifilm’s GFX 50S medium format camera is its support by view camera makers like Cambo, effectively turning the GFX into a digital back for use with adapted lenses and shutterless lenses like Combo’s manual aperture Actar range. 

I no longer have my medium format Mamiya RZ lenses, having been purloined from a shared studio in London, so Cambo’s Actar prime lens range is of particular interest as part of a view camera solution for architecture and portrait photography, as well as product photography of the sort Mr Witteveen demonstrates in his video.

The Actar range currently comprises five lenses from wide to telephoto:

I am unfamiliar with Cambo’s current technical view camera and lens product range but have fond memories of using Cambo studio view cameras in my magazine editorial portraiture days.


SmallRig Releases Two Custom Cages for Fujifilm X-T2, With & Without Vertical Power Booster Grip

Not one but two new cages for the Fujifilm X-T2 camera have been released by SmallRig and these are as unexpected in their design and assembly methods as LockCircle’s cage for the X-T2 minus vertical power booster grip that I wrote about earlier this year. These are interesting times, not only for X-T2 cages but for the X-T2 itself, with a rumoured firmware update soon to appear and a possible “ultimate X-camera based on the X-T design”. 

Have Allen key, will assemble: SmallRig’s X-T2 cage for Fujifilm X-T2/X-T1 camera 1888, some self-assembly required.

A standout feature in the larger of SmallRig’s two cages for the X-T2 is that they arrive in four pieces that then require the proud new owner to do a little self-assembly work with a classic Allen key.

The Vertical Power Booster Grip-inclusive SmallRig design seems to have one flaw that photographer/moviemaker Mike Kobal discovered when assembling his recently, in the way the included HDMI cable clamp prevents easy access to the VPB-XT2’s battery tray.

Mr Kobal’s solution was to extend the clamp away from the cage body via two rods included with another camera cage in his collection. A SmallRig-branded alternative may lie in SmallRig’s own 15mm 1/4″-threaded micro-rods.

SmallRig X-T2 Cage for Fujifilm X-T2 Camera 1888

SmallRig Fuji X-T2 Cage for Fujifilm X-T2 Camera 1881

SmallRig HDMI Cable Clamp for Fujifilm X-T2 Cage 1949

I have been informed of other X-T2 custom cages on the horizon and am keeping a keen eye out for them. An X-T2 is high up on my wishlist as companion for my X-Pro2 for zoom lenses and prime lenses wider and longer than comfortably work with the X-Pro2’s hybrid optical viewfinder, but I am in two minds about the X-T2 as a video camera right now.

As cinematographer/director Paul Leeming has written, the 4K Super 35 X-T2 needs some firmware updates for it to become a serious contender against Panasonic’s 4K Super 16 Lumix GH5. A better bet may be to wait until that mooted “ultimate X-camera based on the X-T design” arrives on the scene sometime in the coming year.

Meanwhile some intriguing developments are occurring on the Fujinon broadcast and cinema lens front, with the legendary high-end Cabrio PL-mount lenses dropping US$10,000 each, as reported by News Shooter below, and the two zoom lenses from Fujifilm’s new MK line appearing later this year with X-Mounts.

Might X-Mount XK zooms be a distant possibility, perhaps when that “ultimate X-camera based on the X-T design” arrives? In which case, heftier X-T design camera cages will be required for the higher-end Super 35 moviemaking to which the camera may be perfectly suited.


No Panasonic Lumix GH5 Hands-On Tours Where You Live? Watch PhotoJoseph’s Excellent GH5 Videos Instead!

GH5 Sample Footage No. 5; Slow Motion, 2160p @ 60fpsI continue to read about hands-on tours and launch events elsewhere in the world for the exciting new Panasonic Lumix GH5 Super 16/Micro Four Thirds mirrorless hybrid stills/video camera but there is no sign we will be seeing anything like that happening here in Sydney anytime soon. So, what to do? Watch videos about the GH5, that’s what! 


Joseph Linaschke aka PhotoJoseph of PhotoJoseph Studios in Ashland, Oregon, is sharing a number of videos about the GH5 at his channel and I am posting them here for your watching convenience.

I have a GH5… wanna see?

Behind The Scenes With The GH5! | Photo Joseph’s Photo Moment 2017-2-15

LUMIX GH5 with Sean Robinson from Panasonic — A Conversation with PhotoJoseph

LUMIX GH5 Extended Interview with Panasonic’s Sean Robinson, Part 2 A

LUMIX GH5 Extended Interview with Panasonic’s Sean Robinson, Part 2 B

LUMIX GH5 Extended Interview with Panasonic’s Sean Robinson, Part 2 C

LUMIX GH5 Extended Interview with Panasonic’s Sean Robinson, Part 2 D

Who wants to see the GH5 menu system? We go through the CAMERA settings and that’s it

GH5 Menu system explored, part 2

More GH5 info from the LUMIX Luminary Summit — PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment 2017-02-22

GH5 Autofocus System Explained! — PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment 2017-02-21

GH5 Sample Footage No. 1; Follow Focus in UHD 60p

GH5 Sample Footage No. 2; Follow Focus for Stills & 6K Photo

GH5 Sample Footage No. 3; Low Light Video & Stills

GH5 Sample Footage No. 4; Slow Motion, 1080p @ 180fps

GH5 Sample Footage No. 5; Slow Motion, 2160p @ 60fps

GH5 Sample Footage No. 6; Focus Transitions

GH5 Bit Depth Difference Electronic vs Mechanical Shutter? | PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment 2017-03-01

Response to Cinema5D GH5 Criticism | PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment 2017-03-02

Image Credit:

Header image by Carmel D. Morris.

Tech Notes:

Hero image of the GH5 processed in Macphun Luminar using the Magical Moments preset in the Vivid Wonderland presets pack.

David Thorpe: A Review of the Panasonic GH4 Micro Four Thirds Camera

“A review and test of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera. My review is primarily from the point of view of a stills photographer….”


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