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The Horseman L45 4x5" Large Format View Camera,from the Komamura Corporation is an optical bench modular camera of die-cast and machined aluminum alloy. It features a rack-and-pinion drive system on an H-shaped monorail. It features L-shaped arms and Horseman's unique VAT (Variable Axis Tilt) and FAT (Film Axis Tilt) mechanisms. It has a refined design, reliability and overall high quality. The L45 System has a wide and varied group of modules and accessories which makes this camera adaptable for almost any setting requiring professional-quality photographs. The L45 boasts excellent functionality and ease of use in or out of the studio.
Film Access Tilt (F.A.T)
One of the most highly appreciated feature of Horseman L45 PRO camera is the unique "film axis tilt" (F.A.T.) which positions the tilt axis at the exact center of the film plane. With this, tilt can be applied without the need for refocusing. F.A.T. works fine as long as the main axis to be focused upon is at the center of the object.
Variable Access Tilt (V.A.T)
By providing "variable axis tilt", the tilt axis still remains in the film plane, eliminating the need for refocusing after tilt has been applied; but the axis can now be moved away from the film plane center, within a range of 40mm. This lets the photographer respond to situations where the object's main horizontal focus axis is not at the exact center. In practice, the photographer first focuses upon the main point or area of a slanted object. The infocus area can then be expanded by moving the tilt axis to the desired position and applying the correct amount of tilt. The available range of V.A.T. (40mm) is clearly indicated on the ground glass. When using 6x7 or 6x9 film holders, the V.A.T. range covers the entire picture area.
Easy Reframing with Focus Plane Rise (F.P.R.)
Reframing after focusing was quite a chore in the past --- every readjustment of the frame area necessitated refocusing, which in turn required reframing, which in turn... But now, the Horseman "focus plane rise" feature permits reframing after focusing in one easy step. The camera back can be raised and lowered along the focal plane. By the same token, the front can be moved along the lens plane. Focusing is not disturbed by these operations, making last second frame adjustments a quick and painless process.
Powerful Disc-Brake Equipped L-Standard Lock
The tilt-swing axis is locked in place by a powerful disc-brake equipped lock. The sturdy L-standard allows for one-sided support and a light lever movement is all that's needed to lock the tilt adjustment securely in place. Again, you'll find the ease and structural stability inherent in the L45 design a time-saver and a boon to your spontaneous creativity.
"H"-Shaped Monorail with Rack & Pinion Drivers
The monorail of this optical bench system is shaped like an H on its side, a shape known for its high rigidity and stability. Traveling on the upper and lower bars of this "H" are a total of three precision machined rack and pinion drivers for moving the two camera standards (top) and the entire monorail (bottom) back and forth. The photographer can thus move the entire camera forward and backward over a certain range without having to move the tripod .. a feature that will be especially welcome in close-up and macro work. Both movements can be performed at the same time (with the other hand), greatly facilitating rapid sharp focusing in extreme close-up situations.
Minimum Flange distance Down to 60mm
By moving the front and rear L-standards together and setting each of the frames on the inside, it's possible to achieve a minimum flange distance of 60mm between lens panel and focusing screen. In 4x5" photography with a 65mm wide angle lens, a normal flat lens panel is all that is required (using wide-angle bellows).
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Optical bench modular camera
Die-cast and machined aluminium alloy
4x5" international standard
Rack and Pinion drive system on H-shaped monorail
10mm grid, 6x7/6x9/6x12cm markings
Shift: 30mm left to right
Swing: 360° / optical axis
Center tilt: 360° / optical axis
Flange Focal Distance
Minimum: 60mm (wide-angle bellows)
Rack and pinion drive systemn on tripod base
12.79 x 9.64 x 16.53" (325 x 245 x 420mm)
10.14 lb (4.6kg)
Horseman L45 4 x 5" Large Format Monorail Camera Review