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Intrepid 4x5 MK3 £250.00

Now in it’s third generation the Intrepid 4x5 is a rethink of the classic large format field camera. Combining traditional carpentry with with state of the art modern manufacturing, the Intrepid is the only affordable and high quality camera of its kind. Weighing just 1kg (2.2 pounds) it is incredibly lightweight and compact allowing it to be taken everywhere with you. Produced using top quality materials we designed it specifically to be long lasting, hard wearing and incredibly fast to setup.

Our latest 4x5 features: independent front standard controls for fast smooth movement, tilt and swing on the rear standard, an extra sturdy base plate ready for use with all tripod mounts, and a rotating back to allow quick shift from landscape to portrait. Like all Intrepid cameras it can take all standard film holders as well as Graflock compatible backs allowing you to play with any 4x5 film, medium format, Instant film, Wet Plate and many more! 

Lenses can be mounted on our own boards available in our online shop or alternatively on Linhof/Technika style boards. The camera will be happy with 75-300mm focal lengths (65mm is possible on recessed board). The Ground glass is clear and bright with a 1/2 inch grid marked out on it. More info on lenses and films below.

Lead Time 6 Weeks, Ships Worldwide

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AN INSIGHT TO The specs

Max bellows extension: 320mm
Min bellows extension: 65mm (movements restricted)

Max Front Tilt/Swing: +/-45º
Max Rear Swing 22º
Max Rear Tilt +/-30º
Max Front Shift: 30mm
Max Rise/Fall: 42/30mm

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

All the cameras are lovingly made by hand in our little workshop in Brighton on the south coast.

The Intrepid 4x5 Camera is built for maximum versatility and that includes the films you can shoot with it. It produces breathtaking results with both colour slide, colour negative and 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. As well as standard 4x5 sheet film the Intrepid can use medium format (120) film and instant film like the New55, Fuji-FP and expired Polaroid film with the correct holders (have a read of Meredith Wilson’s post on our blog about using the Intrepid with Instant film.)

The Camera is lovingly crafted from solid sheets of high quality Birch Plywood that we cut, sand and weather proof in our workshop. The more structural components are made from Aluminium in a factory walking distance from us.

The bellows are made on site, using Nylon ripstop for the outer layer and a super thin and light proof black fabric for the inner layer.

We also hand grind our focusing screens and buy in the mechanical components like knobs and gears from some great suppliers in Germany and the USA.

The Intrepid is a "bring your own" lens camera, lenses are easily available second hand and new. The 4x5 will work with pretty much any 75-300mm lens mounted on preferably one of our boards but it is also compatible with Linhof/Technika style boards. If you don't feel ready to commit to a lens just yet though why not start out with one of our great pinhole lenses for a fraction of the cost of glass!

4x5 is an amazing format, the film comes in sheets that are much larger than your standard 35mm; 13x larger in fact. This produces an incredible amount of clarity and depth in your images that when done correctly, produces an effect much richer than even the best quality digital cameras. Large format photography is also one of the most rewarding types of photography, there is nothing quite like getting out in the field, relaxing and taking your time to create that perfect image. If you’re already into medium format or 35mm film the jump to 4x5 is easy! The Intrepid 4x5 is the perfect introduction to this wonderful world - lightweight, compact and affordable. And for the well-versed large format shooter the Intrepid offers maximum versatility whilst maintaining the highest quality. Check out our instructional videos for more tips on setting up and using your Intrepid camera.


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