A collection of 12 Topcon Horseman camera sets with Tokyo Kogaku’s Topcor / Horseman lens sets (1960-till approx. 1985).
Topcon was seeking entry into the professorial photography market. It started fro this aim to cooperate with he Komamura company, together they worked on the release of an high quality but affordable press camera for the professional photographer. For a long time Topcon took care of all the production (bodies and lenses), and a number of medium/large format press / technical cameras appeared during the next decades on the market accompanied by a number of lens series. This production stopped with the now rare LF Topcor series.
The Komamura company was founded in 1933 in Kyoto, under the name Komamura Keitei Kaisha, based in Kyoto.It took its present name K.K. Komamura in 1947, and opened a branch in Kanda, Tokyo, in 1950. The company made its first camera in 1948. It was a wooden kabine-size field camera called PC-101, for the Japanese police.In 1950, it developed the Horseman 102, also for the Japanese police; in 1958 this camera evolved into the Horseman 104, made in cooperation with Tokyo Kugaku. This was the predecessor of the Topcon Horseman camera series, which started in 1960 with the model 960.
Nowadays the company still makes Horseman cameras, and also distributes Minox and Rollei products as well as German and US photo accessories, and US and Australian video equipment.