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My camerapeadia: Horizon Perfekt

A description of my camera collection, one camera at a time.

Photo by stratski

What?
35 mm panorama camera. When you take a picture, the lens swings from left to right. It has apertures ranging from f/2.8 to f/16, and shuttertimes from 1/500th to 1/2nd second. The Horizon has an angle of 120 degrees. One roll of film fitls about 24 pictures.

When?
Since 2005 (although the first Zenit Horizont was launched in 1967).

How?
I earned it by writing for the Lomo-site.

Well?
Ooh, I like this one! I had been lusting after it for some time, but I always thought it too expensive. Thanks to a lucky coincidence of a huge amount of piggies at the right time plus a few lucrative discount codes in the lomo shop, I got my hands on it anyway.

The pictures it takes are almost as wide as those of the Widelux, but the cameria is a few pounds lighter and smaller. Easier to drag along on holidays and stuff. It has an axcellent lens, and enough stettings to cater for a wide range of circumstances. It takes great panorama´s, and the swing lens lets you play with distortions. Hold it straight (with the help of the spirit level visible from the view finder), and your pictures will be nice and straight. If you tilt the camera up or down, you wille get some great barrel or pincushion distortions. Vertical panoramas are cool as well. Another tip: do use it inside with the slower shutter times (use a tripod or wall or something), it often yields surprisingly good results.

The only negative thing I can say, is that the camera can sometimes get some pretty extreme light flares (see the fourth sample pic, this only happend in one roll so far), and once I got an odd border with a sort of color shift in my picture (see the last sample pic).

written by stratski

6 comments

  1. sarah-addison-dobard

    sarah-addison-dobard

    @stratski thanks for this; am really considering buying this camera

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  2. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    I did nearly the same thing you did. I used a combination of piggies, sale, and credit card rewards to make mine affordable. I have been wanting to try it indoors but have been a bit apprehensive. I should really go for it. I do get the flares a lot because of my near tropical sun and must be careful where I stand in relationship to the sun. Nice review.

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  3. schlogoat

    schlogoat

    I have a Horizon S3 U500 (almost exactly the same) and I get thsoe weird colour shifts down half a frame. I sometimes get part of a frame going missing too!

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  4. deepfried_goodness

    deepfried_goodness

    I have my sights set on this camera too. With some more articles and some luck, I should have one in my hands for the summer.

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  5. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    I have started working with one of these. I'm not sure that I have it down yet, but it is nice to be able to set the fstop and shutter speed. Will show you the results when I can.

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  6. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    I have started working with one of these. I'm not sure that I have it down yet, but it is nice to be able to set the fstop and shutter speed. Will show you the results when I can.

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