Combining the precision of a traditional view camera with the convenience of a DSLR camera, Horseman's Axella View Camera Body enables the use of perspective control movements in conjunction with Nikon F-mount DSLR cameras. Based upon a 9.8"-long monorail design, this camera affords a full system of extensive geared camera movements, including on-axis tilts and swings using the Main Frame Drive, and also permits the use of large format lenses. Utilizing a modular system, both digital cameras and lenses can quickly be swapped during use with the aid of a unique bayonet lens mounting system and dedicated camera adapter plates. Furthermore, the aluminum alloy construction and slim profile render this camera lightweight, rigid, and portable for use in both the studio as well as on location.
While designed specifically for digital imaging, the Axella system is reminiscent of conventional film-based view camera technologies, which have been refined for the narrower tolerance of contemporary image-making. Precise movements and an L-type arm structure enable exacting control as well as the ability to apply movements without the need to re-focus or re-compose.
- Rise/Fall: +/- 0.8" / 20mm
- Shift: +/- 0.8" / 20mm
- Swing: +/- 100° (from center of image plane)
- Tilt: +/- 90° (from center of image plane)
Image Axis Fulcrum Swing & Tilt System
Main Frame Drive
The base mount is also designed to fit directly within Arca-Swiss-style clamps for direct mounting to a vast assortment of tripod heads.
Lens Capabilities and Compatibility
Differing from most view cameras, the Axella accepts lenses using Horseman's proprietary bayonet mounting system. This system enables the use of any large format lens with a rear diameter smaller than 2.9" / 73mm, and provides one-touch attachment and removal for faster lens switching. Each lens requires its own optional bayonet, which is mounted between the rear lens cell and the shutter: both Copal #0 or Copal #1-sized shutters are supported, as well as the Horseman ISS.
Digital Camera Compatibility
Regardless of the camera or digital back in use, the adapters' design permits easy switching between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations to avoid having to rotate the entire view camera itself.
By working with an interchangeable lens digital camera, you are also afforded the unique ability to utilize view camera movements in conjunction with movie recording for greater control over focus, perspective, and depth of field with moving images.