ALVANDI Panoral 45 Ver.III, Large Format Technical Camera
ALVANDI Panoral 45 Ver.III, 4x5/9x12 Technical Camera
Panoral 45 Ver.III camera is a newer product than Panoral 45 Ver-II with a modern design.
Like all Panoral system cameras, modularity, ease of use, portability, low weight and dimensions are the features of this camera.
Introduction to the Panoral 45 Ver.III Camera
The Panoral 45 Ver.III camera is a 4x5 inch large format technical camera with tilt and shift capabilities. This camera has a modern design for large format and medium format photography.
Most photographers around the world use a 4x5 inch camera to start shooting large format. For this reason, the most common large format camera is a 4x5 inch camera. The Panoral 45 Ver.III camera is designed to shoot in 4x5/9x12 format. But thanks to Graflok's design, you can shoot all smaller formats with the help of the necessary adapters and back rolls.
The camera is designed to be simple enough for the photographer to use for most shooting situations. All parts are made of Aluminum alloy 6061 T6 by CNC machine. All aluminum parts are coated by black anodized and all steel parts coated by Copper-Nickel-Chromium.
Introducing camera components from front to back
Similar to other Panoral system cameras, there is a lens board on the front of the camera. This is a basic system for all technical cameras. Each lens board includes a helical focus mount and a special cone that is designed and manufactured based on the focal length of the lens. Each helical focus mount must be calibrated by the consumer for first use. The size of the lens board is 135x135 mm.
When choosing a lens for a 4x5 inch large format camera, you need to consider the image circle of that lens. Accordingly, you can choose a variety of large format lenses from 35 mm to 180 mm. For wide lenses with a focal flange distance shorter than 70 mm, a special recessed lens board is placed instead of the cone.
ALVANDI Panoral 45 Ver.III Movements
The biggest change in the Panoral 45 Ver-III camera system is in its body. The body design of this camera is based on the Panoral 57 Ver-III platform.
Unlike other Panoral 45 models (Panoral 45 Ver-I and Panoral 45 Ver-II), the shift movements in the Panoral 45 Ver-III camera is in the body.
These movements are completely independent of each other and their value is +20mm for rise, –15mm fall and ±15mm left and right. These movements are performed by two hand screws knob located on the right and bottom of the camera.
When the camera is placed on a tripod, you can easily shift using two knobs.
The image below shows the ratio of vertical and horizontal movement in the Panoral 45 Ver-III camera. You can see the position of the lens relative to the back part of the camera in this image.
The table below shows the shift capability in Panoral 45 Ver.III in terms of lens, format position and movements. Note that this table is measured by the software, so it may be a bit different in practice.
For the tilt system, a special tilt adapter is placed between the body and the lens board. The tilt in this camera is Asymmetric and +8 degrees.
With the help of two knobs on the left and right side of the camera, you can do the tilt. As mentioned, the tilt system in this camera is Asymmetric. For this purpose, Asymmetric tilt lines are drawn in the ground glass of the camera.
Based on this system, you have to focus areas of the subject located at infinity on the bottom Asymmetric line of the ground glass with the help of the helical focus mount, then focus the close distances of the subject with the help of tilt.
Remember, there is no need to reset the helical focus mount after this adjustment.
You can do +4 degree Asymmetric swing by turning the tilt adapter 90 degrees to left or right.
Back Part system
The back part of this camera is the same as the standard back part of the Panoral 45 Ver.II.
The Panoral 45 Ver.III camera has a Graflok system in the back part. The Graflok system was first designed by Graflex Camera. In this system, you can separate the ground glass part from the back part, then replace all kinds of back rolls and adapters after focusing and before shooting without any change in focus.
Are you interested in digital photography? Don't worry. You can use a special Hasselblad V to Graflock adapter and shot 6x6 cm on film or digital photo by a variety of digital back with Hasselblad V mount. When you want to use a digital back, you can focus on a 4x5 inch ground glass part. Then replace the 4x5 inch ground glass part with the digital back mounted on the adapter and shot.
Panoral 45 Ver-III ground glass part comes with a folding focusing hood.
Comparison of Panoral 45 Ver.III and Panoral 45 Ver.II
Compared to the Panoral 45 Ver.II camera, the following changes have been made in Panoral 45 Ver.III camera. In the table below you can compare the specifications of the two cameras with each other.
You can compare in the pictures below Panoral 45 Ver.III vs Panoral 45 Ver.II. The blue part is body, orange part is vertical shift and green part is horizontal shift. Both cameras are with 65mm helical focus mount and cone.
ALVANDI Panoral 45 Ver. III Camera Technical Specification
System: Handy large format technical camera (point and shoot)
Image format: 4x5 inch, 9x12 cm, 6x12 cm panorama and 6x9/6x6/6x4.5 with 6x12 Graflok roll film back and masks.
Back part: Graflok system
Shift on body: +20mm to up, –15 down, ±15mm left-right
Tilt adapter: +8-degree Asymmetric Tilt, +4-degree Asymmetric Swing by turning the tilt adapter 90 degrees to left or right.
Focusing system: New helical focus mount with meter and depth of field scale.
Lens used: 35 to 180 mm large format lens.
Tripod mount: Standard Arca Swiss with 1/4'' and 3/8'' universal female threaded.
Material: Aluminum Alloy 6061 T6 full CNCed
Coating: Black Anodizing
External dimensions for Schneider Super Angulon 65/5.6 (without lens) and a folding focusing hood, tripod mount: W:209, H:215, D:87 mm, body 175x175mm
Weight for Schneider Super angulon 65/5.6 lens (without lens) and folding focusing hood: 1840gr