The Horseman LD View Camera for Canon EOS is a view camera equipped to immediately accept Canon SLR cameras, allowing users easy control of depth of field, distortion, lateral shift, portrait/landscape orientation, and more. You must use a large format lens or a medium format SLR lens made for Pentax, Hasselblad, or Mamiya cameras.
You'll have more creative control over the image than would be possible with any EOS-type SLR lens attached directly to your Canon EOS camera-including Canon's TS-E series. Control perspective distortion by tilting the lens standard or body standard (focus plane), or use lateral shifts to move the image upon the ground glass and get larger image stitching. In addition, you can change format very quickly and smoothly.
The Horseman LD's unique ability to take advantage of camera movements such as shift and tilt is beyond the scope of a normal EOS SLR. It provides a swing/tilt of up to 360°, a rise/fall of 30mm each and a lateral shift of 30mm left and right. With conventional view cameras without the LD's unique focus-plane-axis tilting, you get focus and image shifts with tilts, which require refocusing and recomposition. No image or focus shift occurs when using the LD's rear tilt/swing, allowing you to control the plane of focus by tilting the lens.
This LD also has the optional capacity to take advantage of high-end digital back made for medium format cameras, from companies such as Phase One, Leaf, Imacon and Sinar, or to convert to a 4x5 film camera. Hasselblad "H", or Mamiya 645 back.
- 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.