Germano-Ukrainian specialist lens maker Hartblei creates a medium format camera designed with a 35mm lens mount. The Hartblei CAM, as it’s called, can mount any digital or film medium format back up to 4.5×6cm and will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F or Sony Alpha mounts.
Thanks to this camera many lenses with unavailable MF, such as large aperture super-teles, Fisheyes or other specialty lenses (Canon’s new 17+24mm TS-E for example) can now be used with high quality professional backs.
The company also plans to introduce other lens boards, with medium format mounts, allowing adapters for Mamiya 645, Contax or Hasselblad lenses. The system is particularly useful for wide-angle shooting and with Hartblei’s own medium-format-derived tilt-shift lenses.
The Hartblei CAM is designed to offer an inexpensive studio system that can be used with a vast range of lenses as many lenses, including the Zeiss 100mm F/2 Macro, Nikkor 17-35mm ED and 14-24mm G-ED produce large enough image circles to illuminate larger format sensors.
The camera extends the range of short focal length lenses down to 14mm giving an angle-of-view of about 135° with a Phase One p65+ back. Mounting the Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8, for instance, either on the native Nikon version on the EF mount version with an adapter gives a viewing angle of 135°.
Focusing can be conducted via live view, the built-in TTL prism finder, using a focusing screen or by fitting an optional external viewfinder. The built-in Blade shutter offers shutter speeds from 30sec to 1/2000sec.
The camera-back is moved back and forth by a motor slider with electronic position-sensor, a Spot TTL Prism Finder is included in the package.
Hartblei CAM – Features:
- Medium Format camera
- Built-in TTL Prism Finder
- Mounts Digital/film Medium Format Back up to 4.5×6cm
- Extends Focal Length down to 14mm
- Give135° Angle-of-View
- Shutter Speed: 30sec to 1/2000 sec
- 35mm Lens Mount
- Available Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha
According to PhotographyBLOG.