Better Light digital turntable rollout camera system for Mayan vases rollouts.

Ideal for turntable peripheral photographs of the circumference of any round object, especially ethnographic objects such as baskets, headdresses, bracelets, carved stools (anything which is round).

Rollout cameras are well known for their ability to record Greek, Maya, and Nazca vases. This same rollout system can also be used to take seamless panoramas. This system has the BetterLight Pano/WideVue turntable.

BetterLight turntable rollout camera system

Lowel DP tungsten light.

Ries wooden tripod.

Better Light insert.


Dedolight, this is the model with attached transformer.

Dicomed processor in portable case

4x5 camera on Manfrotto tripod head on Ries tripod.

NOT yet pictured: Sola Hevi-Duty line power conditioner transformer.

Maya vase is a paper rollout because FLAAR owns no Maya pots at all.

All powered by a Macintosh PowerBook 3400c loaded with maximum RAM. In following years we used a G3 PowerBook. Currently we use a 17” Mac Titanium laptop.
The camera pictured here is a Linhof Technikardan; its L-shaped construction is not appropriate to hold the weight and pull of the SCSI cables.

We recommend a Cambo Ultima, Sinar X, or an Arca-Swiss 4x5 for studio work.

If you need a smaller more portable 4x5 for remote field work, the Wisner 4x5 has proven itself to be a rugged expedition camera. Almost all the wooden cameras, however, are inadequate for close-up or product photography because of their lack of zero detents. Also their movements tend to be imprecise. You need a sold camera to do close-up work.

If you need tungsten lamps for your studio, we recommend Bulbman, visit

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Most recently updated May 21, 2008.
First posted March 16, 1999.