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Intrepid 4x5 Black Edition £350.00

The premium edition Intrepid 4x5 features a sleek 'all black' design, made primarily of high quality 3D-printed parts, all produced and assembled in-house.

The base and front standard supports are anodised aluminium for increased stability and the bellows our signature water-resistant Nylon. The camera also features the incredibly precise rear controlled focus system and fully independent front standard movements of the 4x5 MK4. 

As with all Intrepid Cameras, versatility is key, the universal Graflok back means you can mount a whole range of 120 film adapters (from 6x6 to 6x17), Polaroid/instant film backs and of course the Intrepid Enlarger.

The ideal companion for any situation from the studio to a mountainside, and at just 1 kg you will barely notice the weight.

Key details:

  • Lens board size: 96mm x 99mm (available here)
  • Scroll down for the technical specifications and details on lenses, film and materials
  • Comes with nblack bellows and ground glass with a half inch grid

Built to order (Current lead time: 6-8 weeks)

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AN INSIGHT TO The specs

Max bellows extension: 300mm
Min bellows extension: 75mm

Max Front Rise/Fall: + 42 - 30mm
Max Front Shift: +/- 30mm
Max Front Tilt +/- 45º
Max Front Swing +/- 45º
Rear Tilt + / - 30º

Folded Dimensions: 180x180x78 mm
Weight: 1 Kg/2.2 Ib

Tripod mount 1/4” and 3/8”

Lens board size 96mm x 99mm
Linhof/Technika lens board compatible

Lenses from 90mm-300mm
75mm lenses may be compatible with recessed lens board

Comes with a high quality ground glass screen with a 1/2” grid

As with all Intrepid Cameras the 4x5 is built for versatility and that includes the films you can shoot with it. It produces breathtaking results with colour slide, colour negative or black and white 4x5 film. If you are unsure: Colour Negative film generally gives softer tones and has a more dynamic range and ISO speeds. Comparatively Colour Slide film is renowned for its vivid colours and fine grain but is slightly less forgiving when it comes to exposure. These are readily available from all the big film manufacturers along with Black and White 4x5 film. Check out the ‘Film’ section on our site.

Our 4x5 cameras have a ‘Graflok back’ (or international back), which simply means the glass can be removed in order to mount a range of different film backs and accessories. This allows you to use medium format (120) film in all formats from 6x6 to 6x17, and instant film like Fuji-FP 100C, expired Polaroid 45 film or Fuji Instax Wide with the LomoGraflok back.

In addition to these you can also use the Intrepid for traditional Collodion Wet Plates / Tin Types, either by adapting regular film holders or with purpose made holders. We’ve got a great guide on our blog to getting started with Collodion.

The Intrepid is a ‘bring your own’ lens camera, but thankfully large format lenses are readily available secondhand. All our 4x5 cameras will work with pretty much any 90mm-300mm lens mounted on one of our lens boards or most Linhof / Technika style boards (96mm x 99mm.) You can use some 75mm lenses but they will require a recessed lens board. For more in-depth advice on choosing your first lens, or getting your head around lens boards and shutters, check out our ‘Lens buying Guide’. If you don't feel ready to commit to a lens just yet, why not start out with one of our great pinhole lenses for a fraction of the cost of glass! They are great to experiment with and to help get the feel for the camera.

We combine traditional craftsmanship with high-tech modern manufacturing which allows us to create products that are both high quality and affordable. Everything is assembled by hand and we produce most of our parts in-house, working with a small number of local suppliers for the rest. The 3D printed parts are a high grade PLA which while being incredibly hardwearing is quick to produce, and has a smooth, modern finish. Sustainability is also a very important part of our production processes, which is a major advantage of 3D printing. The filament we use is a renewable, plant-derived bioplastic which unlike other plastics won’t impact the earth.

The base and supporting parts of the camera are made from high grade aluminium that is hard coat anodised black. The rear controlled focusing mechanism runs on linear metal guides for frictionless sharp focussing. We grind our ground glass screens in the workshop to ensure they are super bright and clear and the bellows are tough Nylon on the outside with a triple layered light resistant lining, all hand folded in our workshop.