Cambo X2-PRO


In 2006 Cambo produced a hybrid "DSLR Technical Camera" that enabled the use of a range of Large Format and other lenses on a technical camera style of lens panel; that was able to achieve

Rise and Fall + Shift + Tilt +Swing.


Cambo X2-Pro © Phil Gee



Cambo X2-Pro © Phil Gee

It uses a standard Canon 35mm Film/Digital Camera back, it is shown above with a Canon 5D DSLR body which is positioned perpendicular to the optical axis, and can be fixed in either a Portrait or Landscape orientation, focusing is achieved using the DSLR's Pentaprism and the X2's axial movement.

The position of the sensor or film plane can be seen marked on the camera body pentaprism housing just to the rear of the function selector index mark.


Cambo X2-Pro © Phil Gee

A light tight Bag Bellows connects the Lens Panel and the DSLR

Cambo X2-Pro © Phil Gee

The front standard can be seen with a Rodenstock lens in place, rotating the two knurled adjusters causes the lens panel to move either vertically or horizontally and rotate about their axis


Cambo X2-Pro © Phil Gee

The upper knurled ring controls the amount of rotation in this plane called - SWING about the vertical axis up to ± 20˚ the lower larger knurled control ring controls the vertical movement RISE or FALL of ±18mm.

A similar set of controls are positioned at Right angles to these, to control the TILT up and down about the horizontal axis and the SHIFT along the horizontal axis by similar amounts.


With the rapidly increasing pixel count of sensors, approaching film quality; this design enabled 35 mm DSLR users to gain more of the benefits reserved for Large Format users at a fraction of the price, without the bulk but it is not as compact as the DSLR-Tilt-Shift lens,

Whilst the 36x24mm sensor is small compared to the image circle produced by the lenses used up to 260mm with a 90mm @ƒ22, the range of movements are limited due to the depth the sensor is within the camera body the throat cuts off the image beyond certain limits, ref examples.

Shift and Rise & Fall


Tilt and Swing


Tilt is when you pivot the lens vertically and Swing when it is pivoted horizontally


The relative orientation of the 'film' plane to the subject determines the distortion of same on the 'film' plane, the movement of the lens determines coverage and depth of field