From the Manufacturer
If the Horizon's 60 year looks like ancient history to you young'uns, then I have some more news for you--panoramic photography as an art has been around for over 150 years The Panorama aficionados around the world owe a collective danke to Austria's own Joseph Puchberger, who patented a hand-cranked panoramic camera consisting of successive Daguerreotype plates. The resulting image yielded an amazing 120 degrees of vision. Taken at its most basic functions, not a whole lot has changed in panoramic photography since Herr Puchberger's days. It goes to show--the best ideas can truly stand the test of time.
This crispy glass heart of the Horizon is just as lovely as it sounds: a multi-element masterpiece that yields eye-popping color, jaw-dropping contrast, and slamming sharpness all around.
Cocking the Horizon's shutter charges its clockwork mechanics, and touching the shutter release sets the lens into motion. As the lens swings from side to side, a narrow vertical slit between the lens and film rotates along with it--thereby progressively exposing the film as the lens moves. The film plane is curved, thereby keeping the film tight and maintaining a uniform distance from the lens.
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.
Variable Aperture Settings
From a wide open f2.8 to a teensy-tiny f16, you can dial in your precise aperture setting to get the optimum exposure for each shot. On the flip side, you can also control the depth of field for your own creative uses. Choose a large aperture (f2.8) for a crispy subject against a somewhat blurred background. Nice for portraits, that is. Or, choose a small aperture (f11 or f16) for razor-sharpness from front to back.
A blazing 1/500sec top shutter speed gets you high-speed freezes on the brightest days of the year. A shhhh-looowww ½ second brings partially-lit nights and gloomy indoors into full, glowing brilliance. And all the settings in between (1/250, 1/125. 1/60, 1/8, 1/4) are just perfect for light conditions that are...in between.
Built-In Pro Accessories
These little touches make your Perfekt an absolute joy. The tripod thread and cable release thread, when used together, give you the most perfect shake-free long exposures that folks have ever seen. The bubble-eye level, available through the viewfinder, allows you to perfectly place the "horizon" of each photograph. And the fat handgrip gives you a slow-steady hand for those low-light situations when a tripod just ain't proper.
Everything that your Horizon does, from the shutter firing to that little lens moving left to right, is powered by a classic clockwork motor. If you and a buddy trek to Outer Mongolia, and his megapixel machine kicks the bucket for lack of power, then you'll be able to fill the empty slots of his travel album with your unending Horizon snaps!
Uses All Varieties of 35mm Film
That's right--all the 35mm color negative, black and white, slide, infrared, ultraviolet, and film that you haven't even heard of can be loaded into your Horizon's greedy little gullet.
Two-Year Limited Warranty
The Lomographic Society International guarantees your Horizon to be free of manufacturer defects for two full years after purchase. This does not include misuse, abuse, or dropping your camera into the Ganges.
What's in the Box
Horizon Perfekt camera, faux leather carrying case, Horizon book (132 pages), original Russian packaging box, Horizon poster, carrying belt, and handgrip.