The Evolution of Chroma

The idea behind the Chroma camera came, like many of the best ideas, in the pub during a film photogrpahy meet up. What started out as a flippant suggestion quickly turned in to my next major camera build over the last 12 months and numerous design revisions.

I drew up my first design while on the train returning from the meet up, much to the amusement of my fellow photographer riding with me who could almost see the cogs whirring around in my head! I knew that I wanted the camera to be light, unique and affordable.

first design


With all field cameras, there are three main components. The front standard, rear standard and bed. Most affordable large format cameras use a simplified ‘Traditional’ front standard. These utilise a single bolt on each side of the lens board surround that run within a pair of uprights and are locked in place with thumb screws. For base movements they use a single bolt/screw to secure the uprights. These standards work well and are simple to design but can lead to frustration as movements are not completely separated so adjusting rise can lead to a change in tilt. Along with that, adjusting shift can also impact the swing. For new large format photographers, this can lead to a steep learning curve and frustrating results.