Stefano’s Stuffs


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!


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

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