HISTORY

60 Years in the Making


Following the war in 1948, the newly minted Soviet Union was keen enough to learn from its mistakes and to move into its spot on the world stage as one of the biggest superpowers. With this goal in mind, it commissioned Zenit for the development of the FT-1 camera – an optical wonder designed to trace the accuracy of artillery fire. Using a 50mm lens and a huge 110mm film cartridge, it could trace a full 120 degrees of vision – thereby verifying both the launch and impact of a projectile. This technology was refined by the later FT-2 and FT-3 cameras – and ultimately adapted into the civilian-use Horizont.

Moving on to 1989 – Zenit introduced the Horizon 202, featuring the same basic Horizon mechanics and principles, with its tooling and optics updated with the latest technology. Designed by P.A Tikhomirov and supported by Italian technical firms Manfrotto and Silverstri, this item was favoured by Lomographers approximately 10 years ago, and became the tool upon which we initially built our panoramic archive and business.

Together with our friends from Zenit, we bring you the Horizon Kompakt and Perfekt cameras! After reviewing the best features of the 202, we created the Kompakt for effortless snapshots and the Perfekt for precise professional work.

150 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Panoramic photography has been around for 150 years – thanks to Austria’s Joseph Puchberger, who patented a hand-cranked panoramic camera consisting of successive Daguerreotype plates. The resulting image yielded an amazing 150 degrees of vision.


Zenit Timeline

Founded in Krasnogorsk, Russia - the Zenit factory dates back over 60 years to its original birth date of 1942.. A few notable spots on their timeline are as follows:


1966:
The plant is awarded with Lenin's order for outstanding service to the State and credited with fulfillment of the Seven-year plan of 1959-1965.

1967:
The first Horizont panoramic camera is introduced!

1976:
Zenit is awarded the Order of the Red Banner for innovation in technology

1989:
The Horizon 202 panoramic camera is launched!

1992:
The 50-year anniversary celebration is held. Everyone is late to work the next day.

1993:
Zenit becomes a private, shareholder enterprise under the name ”S.A.Zverev KRASNOGORSKY ZAVOD" Open-End Joint Stock Company.”

1997:
Compact cameras are introduced into the product line.

2000:
Zenit wins the Victoria Prize and Laureate Diploma for excellence in design at the 8th All-Russian design exhibition.

2005:
Entering into a historic partnership with the Lomographic Society International, Zenit introduces the new Horizon Kompakt and Perfekt panoramic cameras.