Professional and advanced consumer photographers can now save money,
time and avoid product obsolescence, thanks to a joint venture between
Franke & Heidecke (for Rollei) and Komamura (for Horseman) to
provide a family of integrated products that allow photographers to
easily interchange lenses, backs, and accessories without having to
The two companies will unveil a major part of their new product family
here at PMA, which begins Febr. 27. Among the products to be shown are
the Rollei 6008 AF Bundle, the Rollei X-ACT 2,
the Horseman SW-D Pro wide angle, the Horseman LD
movement camera for DSLRs and the Horseman 6x17
Super Panorama camera. Horseman will also show a 3D stereo camera proto
Franke & Heideck, manufacturer of the Rollei medium format
camera in Germany, and Komamura (Horseman), a leading manufacturer of
medium and large format cameras in Japan, last month announced 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 professional products.
All of the products in the Rollei/Horseman family work together. No
other manufacturer offers this level of integration.
The following is a brief description of the products to be shown at PMA:
The Rollei 6008 AF, the worlds first auto focus single lens
reflex camera in a 6 x 6 medium format, is now available as a digital
camera bundle for the professional photographer. The bundle includes a
digital back, editing software, and an AF Xenotar 80 mm F2.8 lens.
The Horseman LD is a DSLR that has a unique ability to take advantage
of camera movements with a Canon or Nikon. It provides a
swing/tilt of up to 360 degrees, a rise/fall of 30 mm each and a
lateral shift of 30 mm left and right.
You can use both medium and large format lenses and, with the
LDs revolving back system, you can change format very
quickly and smoothly.
The Rollei X-Act 2 bellows system is the first portable medium-format
monorail camera with an optical bench. It provides an ideal workflow
solution with its removable back.
The Horseman SW-D Pro is a super wide angle camera that works with
digital camera backs, including those with the recently developed 36 x
The Horseman 617 Panorama camera allows the professional photographer
to capture the most challenging panoramic shot. It comes in a 6x17cm
format (actual size:56x168mm).
The Horseman 3D camera is an innovative stereo solution, which will
appeal not only to wedding and portrait photographers, but to the
medical and industrial fields. This appeal is not only because of its
3D pictures, but because of its unique integration it is
one camera with two lenses mounted in a single shutter, not two lenses
with two shutters.