If you’re yet to get your own Intrepid large format camera, now would be a great time to contemplate your options. Intrepid Camera Co. has recently announced upgrades for both of their large format camera models. With this news comes the fourth generation of the 4×5 and the second for the 8×10, and the promise of improvements typically only seen in higher end cameras of its class.
The most noticeable of the upgrades is the introduction of the slim black aluminum base that serves as a more stable foundation. The focus plate now screws directly into the base and runs on linear metal guides to ensure pin-sharp focus, even when heavy lenses are used or the bellows are extended at maximum. The focus control also now comes as a single self-locking wheel mounted at the rear directly under the ground glass. This allows for easier access and quick operation.
Meanwhile, the handmade bellows now come in thicker and more durable light-proof lined vinyl. High tension leaf spring clips now hold the ground glass in place, a first for the 8×10. Quick switching from landscape to portrait in the 8×10 is also now possible with 3D printed clips.
To make sure that the improved Intrepid cameras are as versatile as ever, their front standards feature independent control for rise/fall, tilt, and swing movements. This is made possible by the universal tripod mounts (1/4” and 3/8”) on the baseplate. As requested by users, both cameras can be folded in either landscape or portrait
Intrepid Camera Co. has been at the helm of promoting large format photography during the so-called analog resurgence, working to bridge the gap that once made large format as inaccessible to the average film photographer. With their high quality 4×5 and 8×10 cameras offered at a fraction of the price and weight of their predecessors, Intrepid actively encourages film photographers to go big and bold on their analog adventures.