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NEWS: Intrepid Launch 4×5 Black Edition – Limited-Run 3D Printed Large Format Camera

March 27, 2020

Intrepid has today announced a new limited-run 4×5 ‘Black Edition’ camera. This all-black camera is a first for Intrepid, as not only is it thier first limited production run model, it’s also the first they have made with 3D printing being the primary manufacturing process.

A lot of intrepid’s products already contain 3D printed components, but this new camera makes use of 3D printing processes for the main features of the camera. The base and front standard supports are still made of anodised aluminium as on thier wooden camera, and the bellows still triple-layer light proofed nylon. It also has the same rear controlled focus with fully independent front standard movements found on thier 4×5 MK4 camera.

It’s also worth noting that Intrepid point out that the 3D printing filament used is a “renewable, plant-derived bioplastic, engineered for strength and durability, yet unlike other plastics won’t impact the earth”.

I for one found myself quite taken with the design, and had to have a strong word with myself about my GAS. I already have 3 large format cameras that I don’t use enough… just look at it though! That’s a very pretty camera I think! Limited edition too!!

Specifications:

Max bellows extension: 320mm
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: 180 x 180 x 78 mm
Weight: 1 Kg/2.2 Ib
Tripod mount 1/4” and 3/8”
Linhof/Technika lens board compatible
Lenses from 75mm-300mm (75mm will require a recessed lens board)
Comes with a high-quality ground glass screen with a 1/2” grid

The price of the ‘Black Edition is £320 and can be ordered here – expect to wait 2-3 weeks for the camera to be made.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Brian Pearcy
    March 27, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I have my eye on these cameras. I love the 4 x 5 output and drool over the depth of field they can achieve. That may be the sweet spot for my tastes between full frame and 8 x 10.

  • Reply
    Stephen J
    March 27, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Yes it is a nice looking piece of kit, I have been seconds away from buying into LF via Intrepid twice so far, I have spoken to Max and attended one of their launches.

    So I am sure this will be as good as their normal fare, and worth having.

    What I find irritating, and these are not by any means the only folk that do it, is the constant warbling on about plastic, as if it is the devil’s work.

    Single use plastic is a pain, and the supermarkets and their suppliers have a lot to be guilty about, but just like your new product Hamish, if the most suitable material for a piece of kit that will last for years, happens to be made of plastic…

    So What?

    That is what it was invented for.

    I am old enough to remember when (like CD’s) something like a plastic bowl/bucket were touted to last forever, and it was a cynical move to make them ever flimsier until they were almost no better than single use rubbish, purely to ensure that profit was made.

    Incidentally, we had cars in the 1960’s like the Viva HA, that were almost single use, and we got rid of them. It is taking a special kind of nutcase to drive us off the road now.

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    Anton Yakovlev
    March 28, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Looks good. I thought about getting their camera, but I don’t trust wood as a construction material.

    Can they break it in two before sending? 🙂 There is a customs tariff on everything above 200 euro in Russia. I’d be glad to pay it, but I can’t. Tax payment system is so slughish here that my purchases go back to their senders before my money reach the customs :-/

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      March 31, 2020 at 10:19 am

      What’s wrong with wood?

  • Reply
    Jean-Marc Legentil
    April 1, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Hi! would you mind explaining or pointing to a reading, how the image is captured and where to find the material?
    thanks

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