Due to the fact that the Horizon 202 and other similar swing lens cameras do not have a MX (Multiple Exposure) feature, you must use a little work around to expose a frame of your film longer or over multiple shots onto the same frame.
First off, let me just preface this blog entry with the statement that I have only verified this works for the Horizon 202 camera. However, due to it’s similarities to most of the Horizon family of cameras, it should work for any model that does not have a MX function or button on it.
This short video demonstrates the process and shows that the film does not move when the shutter is advanced but you are then allowed to fire the shutter again.
This technique should allow you to create MX (Multiple Exposures), repeated exposures over the same frame either to enhance a single shot or to overlay another shot onto the same frame. The framing itself is not 100% guaranteed to be precise due to how this technique works, but if you are patient and careful you should be able to create some interesting shots with a few simple steps.
First off, you will need a Horizon based swing lens camera that is not equipped with a MX feature, in my case I will be using the 202 model.
You should already have a roll of film loaded into the camera for this. If you have questions on how to do this, your manual or the videos here on Lomography online for the Perfekt are a good way to get started.
Simply put, what we are going to do is trick the camera into thinking that you’ve advanced the film, allowing you to cock the shutter and swing lens back into position. This then give you the ability to re-expose a frame over and over as many times as you wish.
First thing you need to do is have a frame freshly cocked and ready to fire the shutter. Make sure the film is taught by gently using the film rewind lever on the camera to tighting up the film in the camera. It should be tight against the curved surface in the camera itself, but we also want to make sure the film in the feed cassette is also snug so that we can ensure our film does not move when we perform this work around. Now… Shoot your first frame at whatever aperture and shutter speed you wish.
Next, instead of cocking the shutter and advancing the film again, we are going to check our flm rewind again to make sure the cassette is night and snug, but be gentle, we do not want to pull the film backwards in the camera, just make sure it’s snug. Next, press the film rewind button on the bottom of the camera in. Hold this in, and then very carefully cock the shutter again while also holding the previously snugged film rewind lever in place. This will cock the shutter itself but should not pull any film forward, leaving your already exposed frame in place. If you do this correctly, you should then have a fully cocked shutter with the same exact frame ready to be re-exposed.
I hope this quick How-To helps you make more fun and interesting photos with your Horizon swing lens cameras!