line of argentum cameras perhaps type explorator reflects
the tradition that was created
in making wooden field cameras many-many decades ago. Yet
a totally new design has been developed using today's technology
and adapting to the current needs of the customers. Robust
construction hides serious stability, however type explorator
still preserves the concept
of light weight camera. Focusing is done by moving the rear
via rack and pinion connection. The camera is equipped with
a second base which holds the front. When setting a longer
extension, this second base is pushed into the required position
manually, where it is locked. During developing the cameras
I must have realized that unfortunately there is no camera
which would meet everyone's needs. Not everybody wants all
movements, many would go without very long extension, and
none of us likes to carry heavy things around if not necessary.
This is why I made
a decision to make several subtypes, so that everyone can
find the camera that will suit his or
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equipped with all the main movements, and has all the specifications
that are necessary for landscape photography in the field,
or for studio photography. Such movements are the raise and
fall, the base and central tilt, and shift of front, and the
base tilt of rear. This way the photographer will get
a camera that is square shaped when folded, and extremely
stable, yet preserving light weight even at larger formats.
I spite of the none-interchangeable bellows a large range
of focal distance can be set.
Presently explorator I camera is available in the following
formats: 4x5, 5x7, 6.5x8.5 (whole plate), 8x10, 11x14 inch.
is preserved for customized editions according to the special
requirements of the customer. In case someone might find the
specifications of explorator I not satisfying, or want a camera
fully customized to his or her needs, well, this can be solved
as well. It is no wonder that there are no explorator II cameras
that would be completely the same. Do not hesitate to contact
me with your special ideas!
is capable of everything that a monorail large format camera
ought to be capable of. Almost everything.
It misses one movement, the raise of rear. This additional
movement would cause a significant loss of robustness, and
to compensate this loss would result in a drastic increase
of the size and weight of the used elements. So far explorator
III has been made in 4x5 inch format. This format allows keeping
the weight of the camera low and its small size when folded.
In fact, larger formats are possible, however the customer
must face the fact, that size and weight must be significantly
increased for the sake of stability.
back for explorator cameras is removable. The photographer
can switch between landscape and portrait format by rotating
the back. Two types of backs can be ordered: in case of type
1 the ground glass must be removed before inserting the film
holder, back type 2 is spring back system, where an arm lifts
the ground glass to insert the film holder beneath.
do my best to publish downloadable pdf format, detailed brochures
under the menu "catalogues", however in case you have
any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.