No more cropping views! With the Horizon Kompakt you can view the whole WIDE world!! It's totally a great catch for panorama view lover!
It was on good offer when I bought my Horizon Kompakt a few months back. I’ve been thinking hard whether to get it or not, but also I would love to see how my panoramic shots would turn out as well, especially when shot with a wide lens, as if you see the world from a whole new perspective. And another is the bonus function, it can do multiple exposures in one frame. I must say that it’s really worth every penny. After I developed my first 35mm roll, it just snowballed from then on and the Horizon has become one of my favorite cameras to date. This is one the photos from my first roll shoot with the Horizon Kompakt.
I tried out my first roll for the day and night shots using the long and short exposures. It’s a fixed-aperture f8 glass lens, so there’s no zoom and there’s only two shutter speed settings (day and night/indoor), but what makes this camera so special is its ability to take 120-degree panorama shots in a single pass. It’s a straight forward format when using the Horizon Kompakt. Load the 35mm film, cock the clockwork lens mechanism, select a long or short exposure, hit the shoot button and the lens swings round from left to right. If you choose to select a long exposure, you’ll hear a 5 secs buzzing from the swinging lens. It’s kinda embarrassing if you’re in a quiet places like in a theatre or a wedding at a church, so be prepare for that. The results can be spectacular. With only two exposures options and no light metering, you’ll just have to take chances on which to use. My advice, use long exposures when you need to shoot indoors or whenever you’re in a low light area. Here’s a few samples of my long exposure shots.
If you’re in a hurry to change film and didn’t load them in the proper slots, your image on the right hand of your photos might be blurred. Try not to load your film in a dim light area and try to steady your shots as sudden movement will result in a blurry image as well. I would advise you to use tripod to avoid any shaky images plus it’ll make your shots look more balance in the right horizon. Another point to bear in mind is to put away your finger near to the lens or else you’ll find a shot of your own finger at the right hand side of the shot. Here are some of my failure shots.
Perhaps this video from youtube will guide you on how to load the 35mm film into the Horizon Kompakt:
Here are some ‘fun’ shots from my Horizon Kompakt!