I borrowed halfwakehaiku’s Horizon Kompakt for a Lomo wedding shoot and was able to to use it for a couple of weeks. It was short, but nonetheless a memorable relationship.
Horizon Kompakt, as most of you already know, is a swing-lens camera for 135 films that captures 120 degrees view of the subjects in front of you.
I got it without manual. I had a hard time loading a film for the first few rolls, though it has a guide if you open the back cover. I’m just not used to reading and following guides properly.
And since the films were not loaded properly I got some wobbly and blurry panoramic shots. You could see in the full scans that the exposed area of the film is not straight.
I only realized that after seeing the scans when the films were developed. Of course, that did not prevent me from doing the same “mistake.” The camera has two shutter speed settings. The Day setting has 1/60 of speed, and combined with its f8 aperture it is enough to get a good panoramic shot with ASA100 and 200 films.
And for indoor or night shoot, you can use its Night Shutter setting with 1/2second shutter speed. You can handhold your Kompakt and still get a sharp photograph, just hold the camera firmly while the lens is panning.
I now own a Horizon Perfekt, but I always miss how easy it was to shoot multiple exposures with the Kompakt. You can cock it again to shoot in the same frame and see a nice overlaying shot!
I had a short-lived relationship with a friend’s Horizon Kompakt, but I will always treasure the memories including its noisy slow shutter panning!