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Introduction

Recently I wrote some camouflage reviews about a new German pattern called ConCamo – Confusion Camouflage. These articles covered the “green” variant, which is basically a universial pattern, with decent performance in a 4th season. This year – probably around September/October – a brown variant is going to be released, specifically designed for Autumn or semi-arid environments and when ConCamo “green” reaches its limits. During this years IWA, I managed to get a fabric sample. As a result I can give you some initial impressions of what to expect already now.


ConCamo “brown” – the pattern

As already mentioned in my first articles about ConCamo, the pattern consists of 8 colours which are mixed in 25 levels of various pattern elements and shadings, resulting in over 60 layers of perceivable depth. ConCamo “brown” is using the same design pattern, but with different colours, making therefore use of its ability to influence human visual perception, while at the same time blending into the surrounding environment using similar colour schemes.

To show you that the pattern is the same, I put the fabric of ConCamo “brown” on top of my ConCamo “green” shirt.

ConCamo “green” and “brown” on top of each other

But let’s take a more closer look at ConCamo “brown” in a natural environment.


Methodic remarks

Before we start I have to point out several aspects beforehand – as always. I do not claim any scientific standard with my camouflage field tests. Also, I conduct them with my best knowledge and the available resources. In this instance I had only the piece of fabric at hand. More thorough tests with an actual uniform will be provided in the future (hopefully).

The pictures were taken at different locations than usual, since this variant is aimed more at the European deciduous type of forest in Autumn/Winter, or semi-arid environments.

Before I start, please consider the following – as always:

I did not edit the pictures in any special way, except the following:

  • Lens correction
  • Watermark
  • .jpeg compression to make it web compliant
  • I always do a proper White Balance to make colors appear the way they are.

A short explanation to the environment and the procedure:

The pattern was tested in a typical European mixed and deciduous forest. This time I do not present different human positions (obviously) but different placements of the fabric itself.

As always I photographed with a wide angle lens at first and then with 35mm focal length, which  mimics the actual picture the human eye would perceive at this distance. Therefore I ended up with 2 pictures of each location, but I have some additional pictures as well, which were taken casually during walks in the forest.

With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the pictures themselves.


Location 1

This first location is the one you already know from my usual reviews. It is a typical European mixed forest with a high foliage canopy and some basic bushes, ferns and little trees on the ground. As you can see, the usual lush green undergrowth is brown and rotten because of the season, while the evergreen conifer background is still vibrant.

Wide angle shot

Shooting with a focal length of 18mm, the picture gives you the impression of a distance of roughly 15-20m. From this distance the fabric sample of ConCamo “brown” blends in superbly and can only be identified by the straight edges. At the same time you could also mistake the cloth for a dead tree trunk.
While not fully recognizable, the macro elements give the fabric a certain structure and depth, while the midi elements provide additional shades and an organic feel.

18mm, 15-20m

35mm, showing the actual distance

Looking at the actual distance of roughly 10m, you get a clearer understanding of the pattern and its elements. The macro elements and high contrasts work together with the various colours to blend into the surroundings. And if you look at the different branches, the dried leaves and ferns, you will see that the colour scheme is perfectly tuned in.

35mm, +/- 10m


Location 2

This location is new, showing a typical deciduous environment, with a mixed forest in the background. The canopy does not provide any shade, resulting in a fairly bright and especially brown scene with lots of leaves on the ground. The perspective in this location is top-bottom, with the result that the pattern has more leeway to work because of the ground floor.

Wide angle shot

In this particular setting, the wide angle shot gives you the rough distance of 15-20m. The whole area is littered with dried leaves, and the fabric sample is hanging from a tree branch in the center of the picture. Usually I do not specify the location that explicitly, but in this case, it would not be so easy to identify the cloth.
Colours and elements result in a uncompromising blending into this environment.

18mm, 15-20m

35mm, showing the actual distance

This gets more apparent when taking a look at the 35mm picture and the actual distance of roughly 10m. In doing so, the organic feeling has to be underscored once again. The macro element provides the already mentioned structure and the noisy midi elements work hand in hand with the colours to blend in.

35mm, 10m


Location 3

Location 3 is even more brighter, but still in a deciduous forest like location 2. The main change is the perspective, since it is basically on one level in this case, but with a sky in the background, creating the issue of silhouettes.
[NOTE: this picture is a bit blurry, since the camera did not focus properly.] The pictures are added for the sake of completeness.

Wide angle shot

It is hard to say anything to these two pictures, since the camera did not focus properly. In any case the perceived distance in the wide angle shot should be around 20m. The fabric gets lost in the tree trunks, even against the sky in the background.

18mm, 20m

35mm, showing the actual distance

While being a bit blurry as well, the picture of the actual distance of 10-15m gives you at least the idea of how the colours match the environment. Other than that I will withhold any comments, since it would not be professional with this picture.

35mm, 10-15m


Location 4

Location 4 consists of a deciduous forest with open canopy, because of the lacking leaves. Adding to that you have additional brown leaves in the undergrowth. The perspective is bottom-up, but with a evergreen background of a mixed forest.

Wide angle shot

Again we are looking at a distance of roughly 15-20m. In this case the brown/red colours of the leaves are of particular interest, since it is a very particular colour of European Autumn. Again, ConCamo “brown” is matching the surrounding environment with its colours, while the macro and midi elements provide an organic structure, which fools the human eye and mind.

18mm, 15-20m

35mm, showing the actual distance

Even when looking at the actual distance of roughly 10m, it is hard to say where the fabric actually ends. Simply because certain parts melt into the surroundings. In this picture the organic feeling of the macro elements is quite apparent as well.

35mm, 10m


Location 5

Location 5 is basically the same as L4, but in the opposite direction. You can clearly see the open canopy, but the background changes drastically. The perspective is top-bottom and the background consists of deciduous trees only, resulting in a very busy environment of trunks, while the bottom is full of dried leaves.

Wide angle shot

Looking at this last location, the wide angle shot resembles around 20-25m distance to the fabric sample. Once again, the structure of the pattern and the interaction of macro and midi elements provide the impression of an organic structure and depth. The colours do the rest to blend in. One would be fooled again and think of a tree trunk.

18mm, 20-25m

35mm, showing the actual distance

Again, taking a look at 35mm focal length, and showing the actual distance of about 15m, the impression of a tree trunk is still valid. Again it is also hard to say where the fabric ends, because the colours match the immediate surroundings.

35mm, 15m

To give you an idea of the pattern itself I closed in on the fabric in the same location. At roughly 5m the various macro, midi and micro elements become clearly visible and how they interact with the surrounding environment. If you blur out your vision, this fabric will melt into the scene.

35mm, 5m


Additional pictures

As an addition I want to provide three more pictures I shot during my walks and initial experiments with the pattern. Two of them were done with my DSLR, the last one with my phone. I will leave this pictures without any comment.


Conclusion

After looking at ConCamo “green” I had to say that I was impressed by its versatility and the actual fact that it performs in a wide variety of environments quite effectively. It performed that well, that it actually is a serious competition for PenCott Greenzone.

With ConCamo “brown” things will get even more interesting. Judging from these initial impressions, this variant has the potential to fill a niche which was covered until now only by patterns which were initially designed for semi-arid environments. I am talking about the dry and yellowed Autumn environments of Europe. At the same time CC “brown” should be versatile enough to also work in said semi-arid environments.

The combination of good contrast and precisely tuned in colours make this possible. It also creates an obvious curiosity on my part, how this will look with a full uniform set. Hopefully I will be able to provide you with this information soon enough.

Until then, thank you for reading!

Take care!

 

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