The Horizon 202 camera back in action

Some time ago I was talking to my girlfriend about the fantastic panoramic photos that Jeff Bridges (aka ‘The Dude’) makes with a panorama camera and that sparked the desire to remove the dust from my Horizon 202 camera. I’ll be heading to Barcelona again soon and it would be fun to bring this camera with me, but I needed to be sure it works.

Now Jeff Bridges uses a Widelux camera for his photos and that is a really expensive camera. Especially when it’s merely a nice addition to the set and not a full use camera. Luckily there is a Russian camera that works quite like that and that is the Horizon 202 camera.

I’ve had it for years and have taken some fun shots with it in the past, but once concert-photography started taking more and more time the analog work took a backseat and this camera was unfortunately forgotten.

(Maallust brewery, click image for full panorama set)

That is until  found Jeff’s work (which is really awesome but then… he has access to the coolest filmsets) and talked to M. about that. So I dug up the Horizon 202 and brought it with me to some activities and walks in the past few weeks.

(Assen, between museum and park, click image for full panorama set)

It’s been fun shooting the camera again, but has a bit of a typical way of shooting photos. Actually you could say that it’s not that much unlike shooting a panorama photo with a smartphone or digital camera now. With current digital camera’s you shoot panorama’s swiping the camera from one side to the other. The Horizon 202, much like the Widelux has a rotating lens that turns from left to right.

(Martinitower Groningen, click image for full panorama set)

Probably the best known analog panorama camera is the Hasselblad X-Pan (ironically a rebranded Fujifilm panorama camera and looks a lot like my X-Pro1). This Hasselblad shoots photos much like a normal analog camera (with shutter opening and closing). The Horizon202 and Widelux expose only a small part of the film while rotating the lens.

(Dwingelderveld, click image for full panorama set)

That also means that something in the right side of the frame can change while the lens is still in the left side and it means that if there is movement while taking the photo the moving object can be bigger or smaller that in real (depending on if the object is moving with or agains the direction of the lens).

(Dwingelderveld, click image for full panorama set)

I took the Horizon202 with me on one of the last rides on the roadbike this year (there might be a few more if there’s some really good weather in the weekend, but chances are pretty slim now). Also on a visit to the Maallust brewery, to the 4 mile run in Groningen and on a round in Assen.

(Groningen, click image for full panorama set)

Unfortunately there are a few small problems with the camera I think as there are a few odd lines that look a lot like light-leaks. Also in one or two photos only half the frame was used and in the one photo where I thought I’d include myself in the shot… half of the frame (the part with me in it) just completely blew out.

(Failed panorama selfie in Groningen, click image for full panorama set)

I’ll bring the camera with me to Barcelona, hopefully the camera and the mechanics needed to be restarted and will work a bit more smoothly then. I love analog photos and typical cameras so this fits right in there. Perhaps a Widelux or an X-Pan might be a nice upgrade.

(Radio telescope Dwingeloo, click image for full panorama set)