The new limited edition Intrepid 4×5 Black Edition

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Wood is out, replaced by anodised aluminium and 3D printed parts. Say hello to the Intrepid Camera’s Black Edition 4×5. The camera is the latest creation from the UK based company whose offices are just a few hundred meters from Brighton’s Palace Pier.

The new camera, available in limited quantities starting March 27th, is a very different beast from the original “MK1” which debuted on Kickstarter in the Autumn of 2016 and went on to raise over £63,000. For a start, there’s not even a splinter of wood to be seen.


If you think the new Black Edition 4×5 looks familiar, you’re not far off. The camera is based on the MK4 and provides exactly the same features/functions but with a weight saving of 200 grams/0.4lb. Full technical specifications follow.

Camera nameINTREPID BLACK EDITIONINTREPID 4X5 MK4
Lens boardLinhof/TechnikaLinhof/Technika
Lens range75mm-300mm
(75mm may require a recessed lens board)
75mm-300mm
(75mm may require a recessed lens board)
Tripod mount 1/4” and 3/8” 1/4” and 3/8”
Focusing screenIncluded high quality ground glass screen with a 1/2” gridIncluded high quality ground glass screen with a 1/2” grid
Max bellows ext
320mm320mm
Min bellows ext75mm75mm
Max front rise/fall+42mm / -30mm+42mm / -30mm
Max front shift+/- 30mm+/- 30mm
Max front tilt+/- 45º+/- 45º
Max front swing+/- 45º+/- 45º
Rear tilt+/- 30º+/- 30º
Dimensions180x180x78mm (WxDxH folded)180x180x78mm (WxDxH folded)
Weight1 Kg/2.2 Ib1.2 Kg/2.6 Ib

The material choice of black anodised aluminium and 3D printed parts for the Black Edition 4×5 is a departure for Intrepid but don’t be put off by the idea of 3D printed plastic – according to the company it’s a renewable, plant-derived bioplastic, engineered for strength and durability and “won’t impact the Earth”. Intrepid have also been using 3DP for components in their standard cameras for a while now, so you should consider this a case of product testing in the market.

Looking around the camera, everything you’d expect to be present is there: Linhof/Technika lens board compatibility, chunky threaded locks for easy grip in the field, a standard Graflok back, which means it can take pretty much every modern roll film/instant film back and Intrepid’s own Intrepid Enlarger.

The camera is available for purchase right now and although I’ve been told that it’s a limited edition, I’ve not been told exactly how many units are being made available. What I can tell you is that it retails for a very reasonable £320 and production times are currently 2-3 weeks.

If you’ve been thinking about jumping into the world of large format or are simply a collector of these wonderful cameras.

Have fun,


~ EM

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