Snapshot Handheld Multi-Format System

(Lens and cable release not included with camera – to be supplied by photographer) 

The Snapshot is a brand new, lightweight, camera system which weighs less than 1kg (without lens) and allows a photographer to use a range of different focal length lenses (55-180mm), without needing to carry multiple lens cones and helicoids.


The system uses a set of 4 steel spacer bars (for setting the focal length range), along with a unique acrylic/nylon bellows plate, to quickly and easily change the focal length in use. These, coupled with a high quality ground glass, smooth metal helicoid for precise focusing, triple cold shoes on the top plate for multiple accessories, and strong fibreglass leaf springs and Graflok cams, work together to create a comfortable and very flexible unique camera.

Like both the Carbon Adventurer, and the Advanced 4×5, the Snapshot uses a bright ground glass to allow for critical focusing, especially when tripod-mounted. The glass is mounted inside a plastic frame, which has a recess built in to allow for an accessory acrylic fresnel to be fitted in order to distribute the light even further. These can be purchased separately from the shop when ordering your camera.

Coupled with the high quality glass, the Snapshot also uses a metal helicoid for precise focusing. This can be marked easily by the photographer to highlight their own preferred focusing zones when using the Snapshot without ground glass focusing.


To offer true multi-holder compatibility, like the Carbon Adventurer and Advanced 4×5 cameras, the Snapshot system uses a combination of fibreglass leaf springs/ground glass and rotating Graflok compatible cams to secure all International Standard holders/backs.

Standard 4×5 sheet film holders are inserted beneath the sprung ground glass, and secured in place using the standard retaining ribs found on all holders. Along with these, the following holders have also been tested to successfully fit beneath the glass;

Fujifilm Quickload

Grafmatic 6 sheet holder

Polaroid 545

ChromaGraphica double dry plate 

ChromaGraphica single wet plate (beta)


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


All Snapshots come with the following

Acrylic/Nylon magnetic removable bellows plate

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.


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 plate, 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

For example, to use a 90mm lens (like the Schneider Angulon 90/6.8 on the camera above), the steel spacer bars are 35mm long. When in place, this mounts the lens 85mm from the film plane at the minimum point on the helicoid, and allows for 22mm of total helicoid extension past the infinity point of the lens ( which is 89mm)

Of course, please get in touch with me before ordering if you want to clarify the bars you need.