Smena (camera)

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Smena 8

Smena (Russian: Смена) is a series of low-cost 35 mm film cameras manufactured in the Soviet Union by the LOMO factory from 1953 to 1991.[1] They were designed to be inexpensive and accessible to the public, made of bakelite or black plastic for the later models.[2]

Their mode of operation was exclusively manual,[1] to the extent that winding of film is separated from shutter cocking.

In the 1960s and 1970s they were exported by Soviet era export conglomerate Mashpriborintorg (Russian: Машприборинторг).[2][3] Austrian company Lomographische AG now promotes Smenas, as exclusive distributor under agreement with LOMO PLC.[4][5]

Specifications[edit]

Smena 8M[4][edit]

  • Lens: Triplet 43, 40 mm, f/4, 3 elements
  • Focal range: 1 m to infinity, scale-focus
  • Shutter speeds : B, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250
  • Shutter type: 3 blades diaphragm shutter
  • Apertures: f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16
  • Film type: 35 mm film
  • Size: 70 x 100 x 60 mm
  • Weight: 289 g

Models[edit]

The Smena models are:[1]

  • Smena
  • Smena-2
  • Smena-2M
  • Smena-3
  • Smena-4
  • Smena-5
  • Smena-6
  • Smena-7
  • Smena-8 or Cosmic 35 for the UK market.[6]
  • Smena-8M
  • Smena-9
  • Smena-35
  • Smena-Rapid
  • Smena-Symbol
  • Smena-M
  • Smena-Sl

Model gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c History from Antique Russian Camera website via the Internet Archive
  2. ^ a b McKeown (1987–1988). Price Guide to Antique and classic Cameras. pp. 306–307. ISBN 0-931838-10-X.
  3. ^ "Export magazine from USSR Photo website".
  4. ^ a b Lomography specs Archived 2007-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Lomo PLC
  6. ^ USSR photo.com on Cosmic 35

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