After many hours reading about Horizon Kompakt and Perfekt panoramic cameras I’ve finally ordered one.
If you want to know the reason why then read my review of Jeff Bridges book that is simply called Pictures. I was looking at recent photographs on his web-site a couple of days ago and became inspired… again.
This is going to be a whole new experience for me. The Halina, that I’ve previously used for panoramic photographs, was just a fixed focus, fixed shutter speed and fixed aperture camera. Whereas the Horizon does have shutter and aperture controls which allows for more creativity, or allows for more wasted film because the exposure wasn’t right. Now I’ve read that I could use the Sunny 16 rule to judge the aperture based on the shutter speed being equal, or approximately equal, to the ISO of the film. But I would rather not risk it, so I have my eye on a few light meters that are up for sale on ebay. I’ve already purchased some Ilford HP5 400 film from a photographic shop on ebay and I noticed that they sell it in bulk reels… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Developing the film should be quite easy if I can find somewhere to just process the negative. I don’t even need them to cut the roll into strips as I can do that before I scan it in. Scanning the negatives will be the first time that I’ll see the fruits of my labour as I can’t see the point of finding somewhere to develop and print them. That and the additional cost involved.
After reading posts on the two flickr groups that I’ve found (Horizon Kompakt & Perfekt and Horizon Perfekt Around the World) as well as looking at the photos that people have taken I’m quite excited about trying it out.
Of course I was going to order the Kompakt from the Lomography web-site but I read that you can buy them cheaper on ebay. So I ended up buying the more expensive Perfekt for about the same price. The shop I’m buying it from is simply called moscowStore (moscowphoto - cameras and lenses from Russia). Part of the description of the camera is:
Whisper-Quiet Clockwork Mechanics
If you’ve ever shot the old-school Horizon 202, then you may have heard its buzzy “little engine that could" clockwork engine each time a long exposure was selected. If that sound charmed your heart, then you’re in for a disappointment with the Perfekt, as its motor is silky smooth and dead-quiet. That yields subtle operation when you need it such as in museums, graduation ceremonies, poetry slams, funerals, and chicken mummification rituals.
“Chicken mummification rituals”, who says the Russians don’t have a sense of humour! If you don’t believe me, and frankly why should you, check for yourself.