Introducing the Travelwide: An Affordable, Ultraportable Large-Format Camera


Many photographers want to give large format a shot, but carrying a massive 4×5 camera around with you isn’t always practical or realistic. Fortunately for those people, the folks of Wanderlust Cameras have hit Kickstarter with a new invention: the Travelwide 4×5. It’s an affordable, ultralight large-format camera that you can take with you anywhere.

Here’s the Kickstarter video introducing the Travelwide:

The camera was put together by Justin Lundquist and Ben Syverson (AKA Wanderlust Cameras) for those of us that want the benefits of 4×5 on the go. It comes in two varieties: a focusable version built around the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8, and a wider fixed focus version built around the Schneider Super Angulon 65mm ƒ/8.


Both Travelwide versions will cost you only $100, but will require you to purchase your lens separately. With the lens attached, the camera is lighter than a DSLR (only 630g), and about the same size. It can easily be held in one hand, and comes complete with several cold shoes for attaching any accessories you see fit.

Here’s a demo of co-creator Ben Syverson using the Travelwide 90:

Want to see what the camera’s capable of? Check out these some sample photographs:







In order to bring the Travelwide 4×5 into the real world, Wanderlust Cameras has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75K. That’ll cover the costs of the molds and manufacturing required to bring the camera to market. Donation options range from $25 to $10K, with $100 snagging you your choice of either the fixed focus Travelwide 65 or focusable Travelwide 90.

Travelwide 4×5 camera [Kickstarter]

Thanks for sending in the tip, Brian!

  • YoJimbo

    Huh, don’t know where my first post went… but anyway, I was saying injection molds can cost $10-30K and up, which is where a lot of the $75K would go…

  • YoJimbo

    The shutter (mechanical) is part of the lens and has shutter speed and aperture settings. The lens you need to buy and fit to the camera.

  •šek-Zemek/1501296687 František Zemek

    I hawe 13x18cm, but that I could buy for Christmas.
    Thans ;-)

  • Lynn Webb

    But if you say “period” it gains credibility

  • Brian Puccio

    Shutters are between the lens cells in large format photography, not in the camera.

  • Brian Puccio

    From what I can gather in the LFP forums, they are not 3D printing the helical. The prototype was 3D printed, but the rest will be machined. Better quality, no light problems, tighter tolerances, etc.

  • Brian Puccio

    I was thinking the same thing. At first I was going to get a field camera, because I wanted to experiment with movements. But it wouldn’t be very light/portable/quick to use, which a lot of my photography needs.

    Now I’ll pick this up for $100 and then grab a cheap monorail system for when I have the time to mess with a dozen knobs to twist. I’ll share the 90mm lens between the two.

  • Brian Puccio

    I scale focus on my M6 from the hip very well, it will pay off in spades with this. Plus you can always stick a rangefinder in one of the many coldshoes.

  • Brian Puccio

    Hah! Digital large format cameras cost more than new cars and as much as small houses.

  • andrewbclark

    And so goes my next $2-300. I’m SOLD! Thank you!

  • Jo

    The 90mm SUPER Angulon at B&H is NOT the Angulon (NO SUPER) 90mm f/6.8 mentioned. That lens is found easily used for under $150! Come on guys, do your research.

  • Jo

    Learn what a rangefinder is and focus helical, Jesus.

  • Jo

    There is a ground glass (removable). Lrn2read.

    There’s more to big negatives than big resolution. Show me one 35mm photo (or digital) that looks like the shots posted, regardless of whether you like them or not. You can’t!

  • Jo

    Well looks like you should leave the engineering to the pros because you’re basically spouting complete BS.

  • Matthew Wagg

    I guess you’ve never heard of zone focussing.

  • Matthew Wagg

    That would make it look epic :)

  • Matthew Wagg

    I wonder if other lenses would fit on it say like a 360mm portrait lens.

  • Subbacultcha

    …4×5 film isn’t too costly at all. Compare buying a camera with less resolution, such as the Hassleblad 63MP camera. The film is 30-40$/ box, the Hassleblad is $35,000 (just to get the camera). I imagine that in the entire life of using the 4×5 camera, spending an equivalent amount $35,000 in film isn’t too likely, except perhaps after 75 years of shooting.

  • hogepodge

    High res scan plus DxO Viewpoint will go a long way to compensate for the missing movements.

  • Weihan Xingqi

    The project itself looks promising, but the images themselves lack contrast and sharpness.