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Horseman SW-D Pro super wide angle camera

Posted 22 June, 2006 in Kit/Equipment + Product News

Direct Source Marketing (DSM) Press Release:

CONCORD, CA, June 22, 2006 – A joint venture between Rolleiflex and Horseman today announced one of the widest angle cameras on the market, Horseman SW-D Pro, which accepts digital camera backs to give professional and high-end consumer photographers wide angle opportunities that weren’t available in the past for medium format digital photography. Some of the possibilities not generally accessible for medium format digital photography in the past include super wide angle lenses and bellows-like movements.

Super Wide Angle Lens

Super wide angle lenses were not commonly usable with digital camera backs in the past, because of physical limitations of the camera body. But now, with the Horseman’s new design, you can use a 24mm lens unit with any digital back equipped with a Hasselblad V® mount.

The 24mm lens unit in combination with a 38 x 48mm image sensor provides the same angle of view as a 17mm lens with the 35mm format. This super wide angle is especially useful in interior architecture and landscape photography, but there are many other applications.

The Horseman SW-D Pro lens units come quipped with German Schneider and Rodenstock digital lenses. The shortest focal length, the Schneider Apo-Digitar XL24, is one of four available lens units that include Rodenstock Apo-Sironar digital lenses of 35, 45 and 55mm focal lengths. Horseman SW series (originally for film cameras) lenses can also be used.

All of the available lenses are optimized for digital demands, which mean a smaller image circle with high optical resolution and contrast. This is important because for digital photography, lenses are designed to provide optimum MTF at relatively wide apertures since resolution of the digital image drops visibly at stopped-down apertures (f-stops).

Control of Movement

The Horseman SW-D Pro gives you the freedom of bellows-like movements and adjustments for work that benefits from rise, fall or image plane shift… Maximum rise and fall are 17mm in either direction or (with a 24mm lens unit), 10mm. Sideward shift of the image plane is possible by 15mm in either left or right direction. By combining shift with several exposures, images can be "stitched", resulting in maximum image sizes of up to 48 x 66mm or 36 x 78mm (depending on image sensor orientation). For professionals, being able to manipulate camera movement can make all the difference in sharpness and photo quality.

Franke & Heidecke, manufacturer of the Rollei medium format camera in Germany, and Komamura (Horseman), a leading manufacturer of medium and large format cameras in Japan, announced in February their joint venture to distribute their medium and large format professional cameras in the U.S. through Komamura and doing business as Direct Source Marketing. DSM was created as a result of the joint venture between Komamura Corporation, a long time distributor of Rollei and Horseman products in Japan, and Franke & Heidecke, the Germany-based manufacturer of Rollei products.

The Horseman SW-D Pro is currently available from leading high-end retailers. For more information, go to

Suggested retail for the camera is $2,799. Lens pricing is $3,899 for the 24mm lens with APO-DIGITAR 24/5.6; $2,499 for the 35mm lens with the APO-SIRONAR-DIGITAL 35/4.5; $2,599.for the 45mm lens with the APO-SIRONAR-DIGITAL 45/4.5; and $2,599 for the 55MM lens with the APO-SIRONAR-DIGITAL 55/4.5.

Via PhotographyBLOG



Does anyone know if this product is real? I have tried to find someone who sells it and can not. I have checked BH, Adorama, Calumet, local stores, in the US even emailed the distribution people without any success. Does any one know if this is real or not? Who has it available?

Thank You.

Nicolai Grossman

Seems like it’s a rare item, but there is a page for it on Horseman’s site and you can order it from Adorama.

Those in Europe can get it from Robert White.

James Chen

I’m currenty in the process of testing the Horseman SW-D with the Schneider 24mm Digitar, with the Megavision E5 and the Imacon CFV backs.

The SW-D seems to be in very short supply at this moment since this one came from the importers directly. I’m sure it will be available in a few months.

james chen

Nicolai Grossman

Glad to hear it! Love to hear your thoughts about it once you’ve gotten a chance to get familar with it.

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