Horseman LD Large Format View Camera

If you are using a Nikon digital single lens reflex, Horseman now gives you an opportunity to add full bellows functions -- like in a medium or large format view camera with the Horseman LD View Camera. Using the LD maintains all of the cameras normal functions (except for auto focus functions of course), and you can attach any standard medium or large format camera lens (including those with Hasselblad and Mamiya mounts).

Horseman LD View Camera for Nikon, F Mount

Horseman LD View Camera for Nikon, F Mount

• Get Bellows Movement with Your Digital SLR Bellows functions are one of the chief attractions of medium and large format photography. Especially in architectural work and industrial product photography, but also in restricted spaces, you can use tilt, swing, shift, fall, rise and any combination of these to change the lens position and angle versus the image plane. An obvious example is to get an entire object plane into focus even when it is not parallel to the camera's image plane. Bellows movements let you avoid, correct -- or deliberately introduce -- image distortions and gives you great freedom in focusing and image composition

• Compatible with Many Types of Lenses The LD View Camera is compatible with Large-format camera lenses (with focal lengths of 90mm and up), Horseman VCC lens unit (80, 105, 135mm), Interchangeable lenses with Hasselblad V-system mounts, Mamiya 645/67 lenses, and Asahi Pentax 645/67 lenses (Each type requires a special lens adaptor - not included).

• Quickly Switch from Portrait to Landscape Orientation As the camera is fixed to a revolving mount, you can easily switch between landscape and portrait positions with a single turn of a knob.

• Wide Range of Bellows Adjustment - Useful for stitching Images Bellows adjustments are possible at the front and rear, and swing and center tilt can cover a full 360 degrees (at the image center). Maximum rise and fall are 30mm in either direction, and shift also comprises up to 30mm either way. By combining rise, fall and shift, images can be "stitched" together for novel effects. As bellows movements are performed by an ultra-precise rack-and-pinion drive, inaccuracies between successive pictures are held to an absolute minimum, making post-editing an easy task.

• Change Focus without Changing Image Ratio Especially useful in close-up photography, you will find the possibility of re-focusing without using the bellows very attractive. The camera base is mounted on a monorail on which it can be moved back and forth by a rack-and-pinion drive. Without moving the tripod, and without in any way changing the bellows extension, the entire camera can be slid along this monorail for re-focusing.

• Swing and Tilt Stay At the Center of the Image Assuming that the tilt axis in a photo moved out of the image plane, the frame and focus would be become blurred, requiring re-framing and re-focusing. In the Horseman LD design, on the other hand, the center of the image remains coincident with the image plane, eliminating any need to re-frame or re-focus. There are times, however, when it is practical to be able to move the tilt axis; for example, when the point to be focused upon is not at the center of the object. In such cases, the tilt axis can be moved up or down the image plane with the help of an accurate adjustment scale.

Camera Type: View Camera for 35mm Digital SLRs

Camera Mount: Nikon F mount

Focusing System: Rack and pinion drive

Lens Panel: 140mm x 140mm

Rise & Fall: 30mm+30mm

Lateral Shift: 30mm+30mm

Swings: 360°

Tilt: 360° Minimum Flange Focal Distance 70mm

Monorail Length: 400mm

Dimensions 12.7 x 9.6 x 16.5" (325 x 245 x 420mm)

Weight: 4.0kg.

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New Horseman Products Will Convert Your DSLR Lens Into a Wide-Angle or a Macro
Oct 26, 2009

Horseman Announces Unique Conversion Lenses for DSLRs

CONCORD, CA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 -- Direct Source Marketing (DSM), the sole U.S. distributor of Horseman photo products for professionals and high-end consumers, today announced unique multi-coated conversion lenses for DSLR cameras.

“What makes the Horseman lenses unique is that they provide wide-angle and macro photography easily and comfortably, without changing lenses,” said Richard Dischler, DSM President. “They are easily and quickly attached in front of the taking lens, much like attaching a filter. The lenses are also very portable and offer an affordable solution for the end user who is looking to extend the use-function of their DSLR.”

Street pricing is expected to range from $60-$120, depending on the model, of which there are seven.

Among the numerous models is the Horseman 0.7 Wide, which is designed exclusively for 18-55mm zoom lenses. The 0.7x wide conversion lens is thin, lightweight and can be attached in front of the taking lens of your camera, quickly and easily.

Another is the Horseman 0.6 Wide/Macro, a 0.6x wide conversion lens that also serves as a macro lens. The lens delivers crisp images without chromatic aberration in the periphery of images, enabling you to enjoy wide-angle photography over the entire focal length range of your DSLR zoom lens.

The Wide Macro lens is particularly effective in shooting wide angles from confined spaces or when you’re in a tight spot and can’t step back. Other examples would be shooting scenic vistas or towering buildings. The lens gives you perspective and allows you to capture near-by objects larger and distant subjects smaller.

The Horseman 0.25x Superwide/Macro is a 0.25x super-wide conversion lens that enables you to enjoy super-wide-angle photography just like a fish-eye lens. In addition, the lens incorporates a macro lens so you can get real close to your subjects for frame-filling impressive macro shots.

Both the Horseman 0.6x Wide and the 0.25x Superwide conversion lens turn into a macro lens when its front part is removed. Macro photography lets you take close-up shots and bring out the minutest details of the smallest subjects.

The Horseman 0.45x WIDE conversion lens serves as a wide lens when it’s used as is, but it turns into a macro lens when you remove the front portion. It’s a uniquely versatile conversion lens that enables you to enjoy wide-angle and macro photography with just one lens.

Other models include the Horseman 08x SUPERWIDE conversion lens, which lets you make the most of a fish-eye lens’ barrel distortion; the Horseman 4.0x Macro, which is designed primarily for medical applications, and the MiniDigi AF5.0, which allows you to have super-wide and macro photography on the Rollei MiniDigi AF5.0.

Horseman products are manufactured in Japan by Komamura Corporation.

The Horseman conversion lenses will be available at professional photo dealers. MSRP is expected to be in the $60-$120 range.

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