Horizon Kompakt: The Camera Which Opened My Eyes

15

When I got my Horizon Kompakt, "Lomography" was still unknown term for me. I bought him from my friend who was interested mostly in digital photography, so Horizon was lonely, "unemployed," and of unknown origin when I first saw him.

I keep on saying “him”, because it just feels wrong to say “it.” This camera has such a strong character and persistence, that saying “it” would sound almost inappropriate. I love the way he looks. He’s quite a charmer and loves attention too. And when I say that he is persistent, I really mean it. I managed to load film incorrectly twice and he still delivered wonderful results. I dropped him really badly once and he is still working without complaints.

I love the way he sounds. You’ve heard the saying “women love with their ears.” I can tell you now, it is true. The first time I heard him, I smiled. After one year, he still makes my heart beat faster.

Credits: lighthouse_keeperess

The Horizon Kompakt has a great sharp lens, doesn’t need batteries, uses 35mm films and has a fixed f/8 aperture. Let’s not forget that he is capable of making double exposures and shooting at day or night. It’s always a pleasure working with him.

Horizon Kompakt is a great companion, but if you really want take him everywhere, it’s better to get a proper bag to keep him safe and sound.

At last, but not least, Horizon Kompakt was the hero who revealed the magic world of lomography to me. I found this website on his body: www.lomography.com and since the first visit, I am an admirer.

Credits: lighthouse_keeperess

The Horizon Kompakt makes it easy for everyone to shoot fantastic panoramic images. With fixed focus and aperture settings, all you have to do is point and shoot! Get your own Horizon Kompakt now!

written by lighthouse_keeperess on 2012-01-12 in #reviews #panoramic #russian #requested #120 #horizon #film-camera #user-review #wide #panorama #kompakt

15 Comments

  1. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Love your photos, great article!

  2. stratski
    stratski ·

    Damn, now I want one... Great pictures!

  3. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    already in my wanted list! :)

  4. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    dont you "must use it more often!"?

  5. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    "he", sorry, it is true "it just feels wrong to say "it""

  6. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Definitely on my holiday/birthday lists.

  7. a1con
    a1con ·

    Great article, now I have to add "him" to the wish list..

  8. ricomion
    ricomion ·

    I one one too :/

  9. nerdlab
    nerdlab ·

    Really NEEED one too!!! And I want to find the white model like the one you posted!!

  10. fab
    fab ·

    I have an Horizon, never had such good results. I am now getting it out of the cupboard!!! Thanks and congrats!

  11. hay
    hay ·

    Amazing, I want one now!

  12. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    greaaaat photos!

  13. philippa
    philippa ·

    Vute article, and great shots!

  14. lomonesia
    lomonesia ·

    horizon kompakt rules!!!

  15. bien-u
    bien-u ·

    great review! now i'm wake up my horizon

  16. johnhn
    johnhn ·

    very nice!

  17. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    Very nice

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomography Fisheye No.2: Seven Years of Wonder

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-15 in #reviews
    Lomography Fisheye No.2: Seven Years of Wonder

    Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.

    3
  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 3

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-04 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 3

    “Let me tell you about my life turning blue”. Those were the first words the guy on the bench said as he sat down beside me whilst I was eating my lunch. Usually, I prefer to eat alone but there was something about this opening sentence which really intrigued me; so I told him “Sure buddy, go ahead. Tell me about your life in blue”.

    23
  • Lomography's Little Lessons: Aperture

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-03-14 in #gear #lifestyle #tipster
    Lomography's Little Lessons: Aperture

    Have you ever wondered why those nerdy camera constructors formulate complicated terms that baffle most normal citizens? Trust me, I know it all too well; Physics was the first subject to go when I had to choose between studying and spending yet another night pursuing youthful adventures. But don't worry — the remedy for all of the gaps in your knowledge is right here: Lomography’s Little Lessons on Photography. Follow this series and in no time you'll catch up on everything your curious mind desires!

  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • Lomography's Little Lessons: Depth of Field

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-10 in #gear #lifestyle #tipster
    Lomography's Little Lessons: Depth of Field

    Have you ever wondered why those nerdy camera constructors formulate complicated terms that baffle most normal citizens? Trust me, I know it all too well; Physics was the first subject to go when I had to choose between studying and spending yet another night pursuing youthful adventures. But don't worry — the remedy for all of the gaps in your knowledge is right here: Lomography’s Little Lessons on Photography. Follow this series and in no time you'll catch up on everything your curious mind desires!

    2
  • The World According to Herr Willie: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

    written by wil6ka on 2015-07-03 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

    Singapore, like Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, is a likely stopover when you fly far. The city is a tiny urbanized hub but it's very favorable if you know some high-spirited locals. I was lucky to hook up with king kimbo (@hakimbo), who showed me around. He took my lame limbs to the Gardens by the Bay, an amazing place which was visually striking. I was hugging some artificial trees there when I found a baby—a very big baby.

    2
  • Travel Stories: Trekking Mount Papandayan by shufi

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-04 in #people
    Travel Stories: Trekking Mount Papandayan by shufi

    There are about 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, one of the most popular ones being Mount Papandayan, located 2,665 meters above sea level in Garut, West Java. My boyfriend and I usually go hiking together so we decided to spend our long weekend holiday (three days/two nights) at Mount Papandayan.

    4
  • Shop News

    Colorsplash your World!

    Colorsplash your World!

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Aton is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-08-04 in #world #news
    Aton is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to aton for winning Home of the Day!

    2
  • Vintage Gallery: European Actresses in their Early Roles

    written by kenaz on 2015-08-04 in #world #lifestyle
    Vintage Gallery: European Actresses in their Early Roles

    Young Helen Mirren playing a corset-clad model. Juliette Binoche and Julie Delpy in early training with Jean-Luc Godard. Lena Olin and Helena Bonham Carter in literary adaptations. Before crossover projects, these actresses had to pay their dues—in bit parts and breakout roles.

  • Restaging the Tarot: Photographer Alice Smeets in Haiti

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-08-04 in #world #lifestyle
    Restaging the Tarot: Photographer Alice Smeets in Haiti

    A tableu project enlivens Haitian streets with prescient symbols and participative art.

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • A Compilation of Lomo'Instant Stories

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-08-04 in #gear #news
    A Compilation of Lomo'Instant Stories

    There are many possible reasons for taking pictures. It could be to document an event, to capture breathtaking scenery, to preserve a fond memory, or simply, to have a snapshot of someone close to your heart. Whatever the reason, there's almost always a story behind a picture, no matter how significant or trivial it may be. And for lomographers, nothing beats the feeling of having that story unfold in your hand, in the form of a print. If you want a quick keepsake from that treasured moment or a snapshot of that special someone though, you can have it instantly, through Lomo'Instant Stories!

    1
  • Photographing the Back

    written by kenaz on 2015-08-04 in #world #lifestyle
    Photographing the Back

    An ongoing exhibition at Pace/MacGill Gallery focuses on portraits taken from behind a subject.

  • Awesome Albums: Wetplate Collodion by seanyeo

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-04 in #world #lifestyle
    Awesome Albums: Wetplate Collodion by seanyeo

    One lomographer makes use of an early photographic technique in creating a stunning series of images.