The long lost Horizon relative

2014-05-16 2

Horizon Kompakt? Hoziron Perfekt? What about the slightly older decedent the Horizon 202? Read on to find out more about this overlooked gem.

The Lomography website is going crazy for the Horizon discounts. People are jumping for joy in the shoutbox announcing their new purchases with glee, with good reason. But the Kompakt and Perfekt are not the be all and end all of the Horizon cameras. In fact, the Horizon 202 can more than punch above its (slightly heavy) weight. I pined for a Horizon camera for so long, and after waiting and scouring the Internet, I finally purchased a Horizon 202 for only £36. It was instant love! I’ve seen many albums on this website documenting how great this camera really can be.

This is just a short article to show you what it can do.

Credits: crevans27

As you can see from below, the 202 is the middle sibling. This works to its advantage. It has some of the more advanced features the more experienced Lomographers will enjoy but shares the same good looks as the Kompakt and Perfekt.

1958 – 1965: KMZ FT-2
1967 – 1973: Horizont
1991 – 2003: Horizon 202
2003: Horizon S3 Pro
2005: Horizon Perfekt, Horizon Kompakt

Technical Specifications:

  • Frame Size: 24 × 58 mm
  • Film used: 35mm, perforated
  • Length of film in cassette: 1.65 m
  • Number of frames: 22
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 s
  • Eyepiece magnification: 0.4x
  • Field of view: 110° x 44°
  • Standard Lens: MC 2.8/28
  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Maximum relative aperture: f/2.8
  • Angular field of the lens: 120° x 45°
  • Tripod bush thread: 1/4"
  • Level accuracy: 5°
  • Overall dimensions: 117.5 × 146 × 73 mm
  • Weight: 0.9 kg

The advantages of the Horizon 202 over the Kompakt are that it retains the ability to adjust the shutter speed as well as the aperture. Therefore, giving you more control of the images. These features do come back to the Perfekt, but at an extra added cost. The 202 also has two modes, one for your standard day shots and one for night or low light situations which uses a slower swing.

Credits: crevans27

The Horizon Microsite states the newer cameras are ‘Perfect when you need to shoot in museums, ceremonies, or anyplace where it requires you to be extra-quiet. The motor operates smoothly and quietly, as opposed to the old-school Horizon 202’s buzzy clockwork engine sound.’

But actually, the sound is one of the features I love. There is nothing more satisfying than taking a picture and hearing a good click of the shutter. In fact, my La Sardina shutter is so quiet it almost put me off using it. I think the 202 shutter mechanism is a magical sound. The shutter speed and aperture have taken me a while to get used too as I normally put the film in, select the ISO and off I go. This has caused some overexposure in the first few rolls but you get used to it really quickly.

Credits: crevans27

The only real thing that the Kompakt can do that the Horizon can’t is magical double exposures with ease. This is a feature I would love, and I am currently debating if it is worth spending the money to have this setting or if I should just do it the old fashioned way. Rewind the film in and go again. The other issue is the camera is quite weighty, but I understand its younger siblings are also kinda heavy. I like how it feels, a real, sturdy camera.

Credits: crevans27

The pictures here speak for themselves, this camera is a fantastic alternative in the Horizon series. Be patient and search the bid sites, you may find a bargain.

Credits: dashu, unknownsoldier, suizidekid & lolfox

Thank you to everyone for your awesome photos.

written by crevans27 on 2014-05-16 #gear #review #horizon


  1. servus_salyut
    servus_salyut ·

    Nice article! The Horizon 202 is one of my favorites. Way better than the Horizon Compact! In my opinion its an slightly older Horizon Perfect. It has nearly the same functions as the Perfect but sells for about 100€ including all the accessoires (filters, handgrip, bag etc)!
    I LOVE that buzzy sound, especially if you shooting with the slow shutterspeeds :-D :-D :-D

    By the way: If you shoot at night using the slowest shutterspeed, the turret needs something about 30 seconds to travel all the way from left to right. And even if you shoot without a tripod, the pictures are not so blurry/shaky as you would expect...magical :-D

  2. locutus
    locutus ·

    thanks for the words!! the Horizon 202 is my perfect choice for everything :)

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