SnapShot- Technical System


Includes – Camera body, grip, ground glass, bellows plate with helicoid, spacer bars and lens board

Lead Time – 8-10 Weeks

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Technical Snapshot 

Handheld Multi-Format System

With Rise & Shift

Lead Time – 10-12 Weeks

The Technical SnapShot is development of the Standard SnapShot system, with the addition of 15mm rise and shift on the front standard for added control.

Technical SnapShot

(image courtesy of – lens and optical viewfinder not included)


Technical SnapShot


The front standard includes two small thumbscrews. These can be loosened and the entire lens plate slid vertically or to the left (from behind the camera) by 15mm to add rise/shift as required.

How to identify the spacer bars you require

To work out which spacer bars you need to focus your lens, you simply need to take the flange depth of your lens in millimetres and subtract 50. This is because the total depth of both the main body and the bellows, with the helicoid at its shortest position, is 50mm.

For an excellent list of lenses and their flange depths, please see the table from Frozen Photon Camera Co HERE

The spacer bars are interchangeable, as is the threaded lens board. Please get in touch with me if you need clarification of spacer bar length required.


As with all Chroma cameras, the Technical SnapShot can mount all of the following holders beneath the sprung ground glass;

Traditional 4×5 DDS sheet film

Fujifilm Quickload

Grafmatic 6 sheet holder

Polaroid 545

ChromaGraphica double dry plate 

Chroma Wet Plate

For larger holders, the ground glass is easily removed by unclipping two locating pins, allowing those holders to be slid into place and secured using the fibreglass leaf springs and rotating Graflok cams. This securing method has been tested successfully with the following holders;

Toyo 4/5 69 120 Rollfilm

Grafmatic 6 sheet holder

ChromaGraphica double dry plate

The following items are included with all Technical SnapShots;

Metal M65 helicoid17-33mm range

Metal threaded lens boardadditional boards available separately

Removable Ground glass – with integrated rebate for optional fresnel lens

Set of 4 steel spacer bars for bellows plateaccording to lens focal length


There is no lens or remote cable release included with the Snapshot – This will need to be supplied by the photographer.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 15 × 20 × 20 cm
Accent Colour

Matte Black, Gloss Black, Purple, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White

Spacer Bar Length

5mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 45mm, 50mm, 55mm, 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, 90mm, 95mm, 100mm, 105mm, 110mm, 125mm, 130mm

Shutter Size

Copal 00, Copal 0, Copal 1, Custom


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