Cleaned Soviet swing-lens panoramic camera in [Excellent-], tested and fully working condition.
It comes with the viewfinder and a handle for better stability while shooting.
The camera was repaired and serviced and does have fresh lens light seals.
The camera is tested with film by machambrenoire.art
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There are some signs of use.
Scratches, marks and patina.
A tiny dent in the top cover.
The viewfinder was cleaned and is very clear, but still a tiny fungus remained.
It does have a crack in the left bottom part of the finder glass.
It doesn’t really matter because the camera body is visible in this part of the field of view anyway.
Very clean inside with good light seals.
No fungus, scratches and normal dust inclusions in the lens.
Be aware. Despite a service and repair, this is a Soviet camera and has its quirks.
The camera works as it should but it needs accurate and consistent operation to work properly. Soviet cameras often have poor manufacturing tolerances and therefore they sometimes have a mind of their own.
It is definitely not a swiss (watch) movement.
But I had no problem while using it. And I love shooting it. :)
The Horizon (Russian: Горизонт) is a mechanical swing-lens panoramic camera.
It was first introduced at Photokina in 1966.
The Horizon was manufactured by Krasnogorsky Mechanicheskiy Zavod (KMZ) in Krasnogorsk (Russia), better-known for their range of Zenit cameras. The main characteristic of this camera is its rotating lens that takes in a 120° panorama as the shutter button is pressed.
It creates a picture using 24×58 mm frames on 35 mm film. It has an OF-28P (28 mm, f2.8) fixed-focus lens and offers shutter speeds of 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s and 1/250s.
It also has a bright viewfinder with a spirit level built in.
Its body is 142mm wide, 100mm high, and 67mm deep, and weighs 910 g (grip not included).
After 49,849 units, this model was discontinued in 1973.
How it works:
When the shutter button is pressed, a drum carrying the lens is rotating from left to right. Inside the camera through a small slit on the back of the drum, the captured image is projected on the film, which in turn also sits on a curved carrier. By varying the width of the slit, the time each segment of film is exposed to light is changed. With this trick, different shutter speeds can be achieved without changing the rotating speed of the drum. The entire mechanism is powered by a spring. The focus of the lens is fixed on infinity, when stopped down to aperture 16, all objects from about 1 meter onwards will be pictured sharp.
It is a fascinating mechanical piece of the Soviet camera history.
Please take a close look at the pictures.