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
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
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.
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.
Suggested retail for the camera is $2,799.
Lens pricing is $3899 (£2130 approx) for the 24mm lens with
APO-DIGITAR 24/5.6; $2,499 (£1370 approx) for the 35mm lens
with the APO-SIRONAR-DIGITAL 35/4.5; $2,599 (£1420 approx)
for the 45mm lens with the APO-SIRONAR-DIGITAL 45/4.5; and
$2,599 (£1420 approx) for the 55MM lens with the