The Horizont, marked in cyrillic Горизонт for the home market, is a sturdy and well built Russian panoramic camera, similar to the Panon Widelux or the later KW Noblex. Some 49,849 were made by KMZ from 1967-1973[1]. The panning 28mm f2.8 lens makes 24×58mm frames on 35mm film, giving a 120° view. By adjusting the slit width exposure times of 1/30s, 1/60s and 1/125s can be set on the dial at the top plate. An un-calibrated and unmarked 1/250s is also available. In the center of the dial is a film speed reminder dial. The viewfinder - which includes a circular spirit level[2] - is fitted into a vertical shoe on the front, to sit on top of the camera at the left-hand side. The two first digits in the serial number at the back indicates year of manufacture. A complete set also includes a bakelite hand grip to be fitted to the camera base, and a black leather outfit case

Horizon Revue and Global-H seem to be alternative names for the Horizont[3]. The Horizon 202 is a later, updated version with an ABS body and the viewfinder built-in, centred on the top-plate.

The Horizon Kompakt is similar to the Horizon 202, but finished in cream, with knob wind, while the 202 has lever wind. This is still (2008) available.

Reference Edit

  1. KMZ R&D Center site: Cameras production data
  2. User Manual
  3. KMZ R&D Center cite: Cameras names and trademarks

Specifications Edit

  • Lens: MC f2.8/28mm
  • Angle: 120°
  • Shutter Speeds: 202:1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250- 202s:1/500 to 1/60-1/15-1/2 with 1/500-problems get Perfekt instead-Perfekt without 1/15. it seems slit was too small(banding). so they must have enlarged it and quicker rotation on perfekt. S3Pro has ideal slithwidht/speed-combinations said chief-engineer Nicolai Tarassow(cheers!)Replace its lens by a 202 one. 202-lens perfect at f16. s3pro-lens has diffraction. Unsharp images when enlarged big. KMZ-Zenith why oh why?
  • Film Format: 135 (19 to 23 pictures 24 x 58mm)

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