Specialty Cameras and Lenses

Specular are an experience supplier of speciality camera systems for (but not limited to) wide-angle, architecture, interiors and landscape. Our range of cameras and lenses from ALPA, Cambo, Horseman, Hartblei, Schneider and Rodenstock can provide superior image width and quality.

The advantage of technical camera systems

The use of the technical camera is growing in popularity. Images taken with a technical camera can have a different look and feel compared to DSLR or medium format capture. The look is achieved through unique focal lengths, use of rise/drop and shift movements available since photography began, and a different optical point of view.

For many photographers, quality cannot be compromised. A technical camera provides significantly more optical quality (especially when combined with a Phase One back and Capture One). The optical path is straight and simple with no mirror systems to worry about. This removes the need of retro-focus design wide-angle lenses that compromise image quality with DSLRs and Medium format. Both Rodenstock and Schneider have produced technical camera lenses that are tuned to the capture area and quality requirements for digital. A technical camera solution offers the sharpest possible results.

Using vertical shift on a building corrects for keystone effect. If the building is in a downtown area, no additional retouching time is required to put in the surrounding buildings. Squaring up buildings in postproduction can still look off because lines are not parallel due to the curvature of wide angle lenses.

ALPA, Cambo and Horseman have a range of technical bodies that suit digital backs that when combined with compatible lenses can provide :

  • Ultra Wide angle
  • Rise, Fall and Horizontal shift
  • Tilt & Swing

Achieve wide angle with lenses such as these from Rodenstock :

  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 5.6/23 mm
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 4.5/28 mm
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 4.0/35 mm
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 4.0/40 mm
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 4.0/50 mm
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 4.0/60 mm
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 5.6/70 mm

Achieve wide angle with lenses such as these lenses from Schneider :

  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 5.6/24 mm XL
  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 5.6/35 mm XL
  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 5.6/43 mm XL
  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 5.6/47 mm XL
  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 4.0/60 mm N
  • Schneider Apo-Digitar 5.6/72 mm L

Tilt swing versions of some these lenses are offered on some camera platforms. Call us to ask about more details.

Cambo Wide RS & Wide RC

The Cambo tech cameras enable you to combine your medium format digital back with the superior image details and sharpness provides by format lenses for digital from Rodenstock and Schneider.

The Cambo Wide RS and Wide RC facilitate rise and fall as well as horizontal shift using the movement of the digital back. Most of the lenses available are also available in a Tilt Swing mount.

Cambo ACTUS

The Cambo ACTUS is a new technology camera system designed for mirror less cameras, such as the Sony Alpha 7 series & Fuji-X and available for Canon & Nikon DSLR’s.
It combines traditional view camera techniques with the latest capture technology.

In addition, the Cambo Actus DB is also available that can be used with your medium format digital back.

ALPA 12 series tech cameras

ALPA cameras are precision tools. Made with passionate and skilled craftsmanship for a small group of connoisseurs. Much like musical instruments, cameras of this caliber require the practiced fingers (and the eye) of a master. Such photographers do not require automatic functions. Or a constant stream of new models. ALPA cameras simply provide the same as all good tools and instruments – the best possible quality in design, material and manufacture.

ARCA-SWISS RM series

The ARCA-SWISS tech cameras are hand crafted precision pieces of equipment. They feature advanced technology for a tech cam and provide a unique solution for the discerning photographer.

The RCA-SWISS range of camera use the best lenses from Rodenstock and Schneider, so when they are combined with a Phase One or Mamiya Leaf digital back, the results are simply awe inspiring.