Every year my city Como hosts, for the Easter period, a great fun fair. This is a great occasion to test a camera, to make experiments with films, to have fun and to photograph people while also having fun! This year, I used my gem, the wonderful Horizon Perfekt (that I bought from the Lomography Online Shop) loaded with a timeless film, a Kodak Tri-X 400 developed, as usually for b/w, by myself. Read more after the jump!
The Horizon Perfekt is the ideal camera for landscapes. Great lens, excellent mechanics, well-built, it is a solid and reliable analogue device for wonderful photos in wonderful places. Its fantastic lens is very sharp and with faithful and vivid color rendition. The contrast is awesome, pleasant, and the optical distortions, vignetting and aberrations are practically negligible. Straight lines at the borders remains straight, sharpness is uniform, vignetting is absent.
This year I tested this camera at the local funfair while photographing my preferred carousel and the most adrenaline pumping ride, the mythic X-danger!
This carousel is 25 meters high, and rotates around three axles at a fast speed and with an acceleration greater than 4g. So, the availability of fast shutter times of 1/250s and 1/500s of this camera is great to lock the movement during the ride.
The movement of the rotating lens is smooth and regular, so all the frame (measuring 58×24mm) is uniformly exposed.
The frame occupies 12 perforations of the film roll, instead of the 8 as in the normal 24×36 negative frame. So, if you need to make a scan with a traditional 135mm professional mini-lab (in this case a Fuji Frontier) you can use a simple trick: scan the negative twice, first from the first photo and then from the last one. You obtain two set of 22 photos 24×36mm, with the central part overlapping. Turn by 180 degree the photos of the second set, and join with the photos of the first one using a software like Hugin (there is a free version for Linux, that I use often when I need to scan the film just after developing.) Here the two single 24×36 photos just before the using of Hugin:
Here the result after the use of this software (remember to select a cylindrical lens in the options after the loading of the single two photos). I made a final crop with Gimp to place the seats of the carousel in the center of the panoramic image.
For this series of photos I used a timeless film, the Kodak Tri-X 400 developed in Rodinal (R09) at 1+50 dilution. The good lens contrast, and its excellent multicoating that allows exceptional resistance to flare, and the sharp grain of this films allow me to obtain a nice negative to print with my 6×7 Meopta Opemus enlarger.
This is the King of the panoramic cameras, a very professional Lomography product. Try it!