Stefano’s Stuffs

Horizon

The “new” Horizon is an interesting film camera (also the oldest one, but it’s a little difficult to find in good conditions) and after two years of use I can recommend it to everyone like to shoot panoramas.
The best choice is obiouvsly the “Perfekt” edition (more similiar to the old Horizon) without fixed aperture (it has a f/2,8 max and it has a tripod hole!),against the more cheaper (especially on Ebay) “Kompakt” (a fixed f/8 with a maximum 1/2 second exposure is not ideal for night…I’ve obtained good results only with 1600 iso film). A second hand Kompakt could be instead a right choice for beginners. With these cameras you can use every type of 135 films, with a 36 poses one you can take near 20 shot (measuring 24x58mm instead of 24×36…and yes you can do double exposures!). The develop should not be a problem also in a normal shop/one hour minilab (ask not to cut film after the develop may help a lot if the clerk watch you in a strange way after told him “This is made with a panoramic camera”…) but the print could be a problem in a lot of shops (even in Tokyo I’ve learned to ask “develop/genzou only” or “directly to the pro-lab”; in Italy I’ve found a shop in my little city (only 1 on a total of 15) that does the right things in a week. Ask to your shop before buy because this problem could be really stressful and Lomo knows it well.

Japan II - Far away you can see the end of the World

An example on my Flickr’s photostream taken with a Kompakt + FujiFilm Natura 1600 at 1/60 sec.

PS=Pay attention when you load film into your Horizon: during the whole operation you must extract really FEW film, as less as possible, so it can perfectly fit into the camera; especially the last roller of the Horizon (the one with the shots counter) must turn really well and softly after loading the film. This camera will give you great satisfactions!

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June 11, 2008 - Posted by | Photo | , , , , , , , ,

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