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Thread: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    Hello to all.
    I'm just now jumping into the world of LF and have
    been assembling a "kit" based on the advice that so
    many forum members have made available to "newbes"
    like myself.

    I was fortunate enough to get to purchase a Cambo Legend
    in excellent condition at a very low price.

    I was dismayed to open the box to find that it was
    full of foam popcorn with the camera separated from
    the rail and wrapped in a single layer of small bubble
    wrap, but -at first- it appeared to have made the trip
    in good condition anyway.

    My delight in finding that it was not just a Cambo
    Legend but rather a Cambo Legend Plus was short-lived
    when I found that the fine focus shaft on the rear
    standard is bent. The knob still turns, the focus can
    still be adjusted, but the shaft is definitely bent
    and the depth-of-field calculator isn't functional
    with it in this condition.

    My hope is that the knob and shaft can be removed
    and replaced or straightened (the shaft appears to be
    nothing more than a threaded rod...or possibly a
    threaded rod in a threaded "tube"), BUT I cannot
    figure out how it can be disassembled.

    The front standard fine focus appears to have a nut
    on it just in front of the knob, but the rear one
    has that area covered by the DOF "sleeve", so if one
    is there, I cannot see it.

    Is there anyone out there familiar with how this all
    goes together or who knows where a disassembly/exploded
    diagram can be found for the camera? (It's either a
    Cambo Legend Plus or a Master Plus.)

    Even if I have to send it out for repair (so much for
    the lens budget), sending just the damaged part would
    be far less expensive than sending the entire standard.

    I'd just try to return it (packing in foam POPCORN???
    what were they thinking??) but the Legend Plus seems to
    be a very rare bird and the yaw-free tilt a very desirable

    Second question would be "who does repair on a Cambo
    Legend"? I've looked online, but no joy at this point.
    If I could get the shaft pulled I could probably send it
    to SK Grimes and get a new one made, but have to get
    it taken apart first.

    A replacement standard for the "Plus" will doubtless
    cost as much or more than the camera did even if I
    can find one (I can't find the "Plus" for sale even
    in the auction site "completed" history).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    (I'm holding off getting out the allen keys to start random
    disassembly as long as I can stand it.)

    (I'd sure like to get to the point of asking newbe "howto take picture"
    questions rather than "howto fix this camera" questions!)
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Frisco, Texas

    Re: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    Call Calumet.

    They own Cambo.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2001

    Re: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    Quote Originally Posted by freeman2 View Post
    Second question would be "who does repair on a Cambo
    Legend"? I've looked online, but no joy at this point.
    FWIW, the authorized agent for Cambo in the US is Calumet. Contact info for their repair department:

  4. #4
    Scott Davis
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Washington DC

    Re: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    Calumet will repair (sometimes slowly, sometimes expensively) some very old equipment, so I wouldn't hesitate about contacting them for a repair estimate. They MIGHT even have the spare part and instructions on how to install it yourself. I have a 20+ year old strobe power pack that they fixed for me. It took them a while since they had to order the spare parts from Germany, but they did fix it and now it works just fine.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Re: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    Thank you all for the quick reply.
    I'm calling them now...

  6. #6
    Dave Karp
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Los Angeles, CA

    Re: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    There is a nice man named Jose at Calumet hq in Chicago who repairs LF equipment. You can call there and ask for him. He is very helpful.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Re: Cambo Legend Plus repair info

    Jose at Calumet said $70+ parts.
    Painful enough but not nearly as painful as I expected.
    Thank you all VERY much.
    Hopefully I'll be asking the usual "what lensboard should I use with...."
    type of questions very soon.

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