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Intrepid 4x5 MK4 £280.00

Now in its 4th generation, the Intrepid 4x5 is a modern rethink of the traditional large format field camera.

Whilst being super lightweight (at 1.2kg), and fast to set up, it is also incredibly hardwearing and reliable, producing great results no matter the conditions.

The aluminium base, rear focus and linear guides are features usually only seen in high end cameras, and allow for consistant pin-sharp focus and increased stability even with the heaviest lenses.

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 4x5 MK4 is the perfect companion for any situation but it really thrives when it’s put through its paces out and about.

Key details:

  • Lens board size: 96mm x 99mm (available here)
  • Scroll down for the technical specifications and details on lenses, film and materials
  • Select your bellows colour from the dropdown menu below (black, blue, red, green)

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

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AN INSIGHT TO The specs

Max bellows extension: 320mm
Min bellows extension: 75mm

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

Folded Dimensions: 180x180x78 mm
Weight: 1.2 Kg/2.6 Ib

Tripod mount 1/4” and 3/8”

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

Lenses from 75mm-300mm
(75mm lenses require a 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.

The Intrepid 4x5 is the only affordable 4x5 camera to be constructed from high quality and reliable materials. We use sustainably sourced furniture grade Birch Plywood on the front and rear standard, this is finished by hand with a wax oil sealant to protect the wood. The base and supporting parts of the camera are made from high grade aluminium that is hard coat anodised black. The focusing mechanism run on linear metal guides for frictionless sharp focussing. The ground glass screens are hand-ground in the workshop to ensure they are super bright an clear and the bellows are an incredibly durable vinyl on the outside with a triple layered light resistant lining, all hand made in our workshop.

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.