Calumet Cadet : a short review
By Jay Schlegel for
the Large Format Page
5.5 lbs. The best part is the price: $399 for a fully assembled camera.
It has full movements on front standard, no rise or fall on rear
standard. It's mostly metal... there are plastic knobs and other
parts. The only one that concerns me is the tripod mount lever. It's
probably plenty strong but it protrudes about 2" and appears
vulnerable to breakage.
No interchangable bellows. You can get the standard bellows which
supports roughly 16" extension or the bag bellows which supports (I
believe) 9.6" extension.
5 knobs controlling movements:
I purchased the standard bellows model for the purpose of adapting for
use with my Pentax 67 for occasions where movements are desirable
(w/LF lenses). While I think it's a nice little camera for the money
and well suited to my usage, I believe that someone who is serious
about LF they would be better served picking up a more versatile
camera on the used market.
- front tilt (with center detent)
- front swing/shift (with center detent for swing only)
- front rise/fall
- rear tilt (with center detent)
- rear swing (with center detent)
Limitations of the Cadet are:
If purchasing used is not a consideration, Calumet does have a tradeup
option that allows you to move up to another Cambo later on with 100%
credit on tradin of the Cadet.
- lack of interchangable bellows
- non-standard lensboard size
- there is no recessed lensboard for the cadet.
- The front standard has a round ~80mm hole. If you were to fashion
a recessed board it would require a tubular recess leaving little
room inside for lens and access to controls.
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