Product History

Product History
Here are a few milestones in the history of Cambo:

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

1948:  All-Metal Cambo studio TC manufactured under Technica-Hengelo brand name

1950:  Cambo Monorail TC manufactured under Technica-Hengelo brand name

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

1957:  Addition of the Cambo AST Double Arm series studio stands with chrome columns

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

1960:  Introduction of the USK universal 3-D camera head

1962:  Cambo delivers Ladder Stands in various heights

1963:  Introduction of the STG studio stand

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

1966:  Introduction of the CBH-1 panoramic head

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

1968:  First design of the original 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 Wide 650

1977:  Introduction of the PP-42 Identity System

1978:  Introduction of the SC-5 dedicated 8x10" portrait camera for Polaroid instant 8x10 film

1979:  Introduction of the PST height adjustable heavy duty portrait stand for SC-5

1980:  New Management Team founding Cambo Fotografische Industrie BV

1982:  Introduction of the SCX view camera series

1983:  Production of PP-60 identification cameras 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


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 Ballbearing Studio stand

1991:  Cambo starts delivery of UBS-E Studio stands dedicated to the SINAR-E camera

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 Electronic View Camera for digital photography

1998:  Introduction of the Ultima view camera series

1999:  Cambo starts production of the metric version RedWing Light Boom

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

2007:  Cambo presents the new VPD-4 Four Wheel Dolly System on IBC

2008:  Introduction of the WideRS camera series

2009:  Completion of dedicated Tilt-Swing Lens panels for the WideRS camera series

2010:  Cambo starts delivery of HDSLR and DV Shoulder Rigs

2011:  Cambo celebrates 65th Anniversary with WideRS Special Edition

2011:  Introduction of the RPS series of Repro Columns with motorised control

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

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

2013:  Introduction of the new designed EPT Electronically Video Pan-Tilt Head

2014:  Introduction of the new Cambo ACTUS Mini View Camera

2015:  Addition of the Cambo ACTUS-DB version for the use with Digital Backs

2015:  Introduction of the ACTAR 24 wide angle lens for the ACTUS system

2016:  Expansion of the Artes Video Boom with the Artes-L version

2016:  Release of the Actus Lens Adapter for Canon EF lenses with motorised aperture

2016:  Celebration of Cambo 70 years Anniversary

2016:  New MBX mid-range Studio Stand introduced at Photokina

2016:  Introduction of the WRS-1600 Tech cam with easy H/V rotation

2016:  Update of the Ultima series into Actus-XL series with Actus accessories

2017:  Addition of the ACTUS-GFX to the Actus series hosting the Fujifilm GFX50s

2017:  Addition of the ACTUS-XCD to the Actus series hosting the Hasselblad X1D

2017:  Introduction of the PCH precision geared tripod head  

2018:  New Anniversary WRS-7250 for 50 years of Cambo Wide Celebration

2018:  Additional Base-Tilt function for the ACTUS introduced

2019:  Optional Fine Ratio drive function for the ACTUS introduced

2019:  Dedicated ACTUS-100 functionality for the Fujifilm GFX-100

2019:  Most WRS Lens Panels become available with Aperture Only [No shutter]

2020:  Introduction of the X-Shutter Electronic shutter to replace Copal shutters

2021:  Cambo celebrates 75 years Anniversay with ACTAR-15 and ACTAR-19 kits

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

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Another impression: Product Range anno 1982


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