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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Mutant Camera Spotted at PMA

While everyone else was getting excited about the new Panasonic Four-Thirds DSLR and the accompanying Leica-badged lens, your faithful correspondent was busy burrowing through the various online PMA reports in search of really interesting stuff. Our search was not in vain.

Web scuttlebutt has it that the Fuji TX-1/2 (Hasselblad XPan) panoramic RF camera is out of production and will be discontinued once current stocks are gone. If so, it will be going out in deliciously baroque style. At PMA, Komamura showed the Horseman 3D, a stereo camera built on the TX-1 body, with a pair of 38mm f/2.8 Fujinon lenses to make dual 24x32mm exposures for each shot. Here's how they describe it:

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.

Ken Rockwell has just posted the only snapshot of the camera that I've been able to find so far. Go to his PMA review page and scroll down to the Horseman section.

Posted by: OREN GRAD


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hasselblad xpan and horseman 3d remember me that unique rangefinder- p3 called- prototype kamerawerke noblex of dresden showed at photokina some years ago...i dont know if it was working.ask mr urban of kst-dresden(eyescan 624).35mm up to 70mm lenses. i had it in my hands.body price: 5000 dem. there is a colorful prospectus. 24x36, 24x70 and 3d(24x34mm) in one camera. btw: p is in remembrance to praktika which was owned by family noble. there is a website of sir john nobles book about his terrible past.

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