The successor of the KMZ FT-2 and the predecessor of the Horizon 202, the Horizont camera was produced in the Soviet Union in 1967. Find out more about this early swivel lens panoramic camera after the jump!
Before the Lomography Horizon cameras, there was the Horizon S3 Pro, from which the Perfekt was based; and even before that, there was the Horizon 202, the successor of the older Horizont and from which the Kompakt was based. But, according to camera experts, the Soviets developed panoramic cameras from as far back as the late 1950s, the most popular from the period being the KMZ FT-2. Here’s a quick timeline:
1958 – 1965: KMZ FT-2
1967 – 1973: Horizont
1991 – 2003: Horizon 202
2003: Horizon S3 Pro
2005: Horizon Perfekt, Horizon Kompakt
The Horizont was first introduced during the 1966 Photokina and produced by Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod (KMZ) from 1967 to 1973. Like its predecessor, this early Soviet panoramic shooter has a curved film plane and swivel lens that sweeps to 120°. As an improved and redesigned version of the KMZ FT-2, it sports a more modern design, an all-metal rectangular body, black nylon fabric finish, and detachable viewfinder with spirit level and grip (attached to the top right and bottom right portions of the camera respectively).
- Film: 35mm film
- Picture size: 24 × 58mm
- Lens: OF-28P (f2.8/28mm), Fixed-focus
- Shutter speeds: 1/30, 1/60, 1/125sec.
- Body dimensions: W 142 x H 100 x D 67mm
- Body weight: 910 g (grip not included)