How it started

Cambo BV was founded in The Netherlands in 1946 and has the distinction of being the first studio camera manufacturer to produce an all-metal large format camera. Based in the town of Kampen in the East of the Netherlands, Cambo has since built a reputation for high quality, precision engineered cameras, stands and other studio equipment. 

Today, Cambo is based in a modern 2,000 sq m facility equipped with the latest computer controlled design and machine tools, ensuring production to the highest standards.
Emphasis on design innovation ensures that the Cambo range of High-End View Cameras continues to provide for differing needs across the marketplace, from the entry level, ideal for the budget conscious student or serious amateur, to the sophistication of the "Ultima System" and the ultra-precision of the "WideRS System" which caters for the precise needs of the digital photographer, in studio and on location.
The Cambo range of cameras is complemented by a range of camera support stands and other studio accessories to suit all needs, including dedicated Reproduction cameras and  Reproduction stands.

Since several years Cambo has expanded their product range into the market for Video supports, including an innovative series of Video Booms and a Track and Dolly System, complemented with an extended HDSLR Support rig system for the demanding amateur as well as the professional video and broadcast companies.

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Product History

Here are a few milestones in the history of Cambo:

1946:  Cambo BV founded in Hengelo, the Netherlands by mr. R. Bok

1956:  Introduction of the AST series studio stands with chrome columns

1958:  Introduction of the SuperCambo view camera series with square 1" monorail

1963:  Introduction of the STG studio stand

1965:  Cambo moves to Kampen, the Netherlands in a newbuild factory

1967:  Cambo patents a worldwide patent for the four-lens passportrait camera

1967:  Cambo presents the DPS heavy duty tripod

1968:  Introduction of the BST passportrait studio stand

1969:  Introduction of the Cambo Wide

1970:  Introduction of the MST studio stand

1972:  Introduction of the TWR-54 Twin Reflex 4x5" camera

1973:  Introduction of the UST series black column

1975:  Introduction of the EST studio stand

1976:  Introduction of the Cambo Wide 470 and 650

1979:  Introduction of the SC-5 8x10" portrait camera for Polaroid 8x10 film

1980:  New Management Team founding Cambo Fotografische Industrie BV

1982:  Introduction of the SCX view camera series

1983:  Production of PP-60 identification camera with Kodak instant film

1984:  Introduction of the four lens passportrait camera for Kodak instant film

1984:  Introduction of the SCS studio stand

1985:  Introduction of the Cambo Maxiportrait for Polaroid 4x5 film

1985:  Introduction of the ECS studio stand

1986:  Cambo celebrates 40th Anniversary with gold plated SC 4x5 camera

1987:  Introduction of the Legend Series view cameras

1988:  Introduction of the Master Series view cameras

1988:  Introduction of the Master Plus Series view cameras

1990:  Cambo moves to the current location, a modern facility in Kampen

1990:  Cambo introduces the UBS Studio stand 

1992:  Cambo introduces the MBS Studio stand

1992:  Cambo shows the first Leaf Digital Back on the Master Camera

1993:  Cambo starts delivery of the Monostand

1994:  Cambo presents the Cambo Megavision 3-shot digital camera back

1994:  Introduction of the SF view camera series

1996:  Cambo presents a fully motorised controlled view camera for digital photography

1998:  Introduction of the Ultima view camera series

2000:  Introduction of the Cambo Wide DS series

2002:  Introduction of the Cambo Video Boom series V40, V-15, V-5

2003:  Introduction of the Cambo Ultima 35 for use with DSLR cameras

2004:  Introduction of the Digital version Wide DS

2005:  Introduction of the UniTrack for Videography

2006:  Introduction of the X2-Pro view camera for DSLR cameras

2008:  Introduction of the WideRS camera series

2010:  Cambo starts delivery of HDSLR and DV shoulder rigs

2011:  Cambo celebrates 65th anniversary with WideRS Special Edition 

2012:  Cambo introduces new Follow Focus CS-MFC-2 for the HDSLR rigs

2012:  Cambo presents updated Wide RS Family with WRS and WRCompact


Some nostalgic view cameras from the 50's and 60"s featured underneath: