Smitten with Smena

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These authentic Russian plastic deadstock beauties yield amazing contrast, remarkable sharpness, and rich colours that will definitely win you over!

They may be lightweight with their plastic bodies, but don’t underestimate the Smena – these Deadstock 35mm cameras can deliver good sharpness due to their coated Triplet glass lens. They were lovingly crafted in St. Petersburg, Russia – from the same folks who created the iconic Lomo LC-A – to provide an inexpensive camera to the Young Soviets at the time they were made (hence the name; Cmeha = ‘Young Generation’). The first Smena was produced in the 1950s; the 8M was popular from the ‘70s-’80s; the Symbol from ‘80s-’90s; and the 35 lasted until 1995.

Some say that taking pictures with the Smena can be quite challenging, but with enough patience and creativity (they have manual aperture and shutter speed that you can play around with) you’re guaranteed excellent pictures boasting a unique, lo-fi charm – high on contrast and punchy-coloured!

Want one? Click on the links below to go to the Shop:

Lomo Smena 8m

Lomo Smena Symbol

written by shhquiet on 2009-05-05 in #news #smena #gallery #deadstock #russian

7 Comments

  1. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    The gallery is fantastic - even if every pic appears double.... :)

  2. riki_87
    riki_87 ·

    hahaha there is a photo mine! the 2 guys with strange faces hahahah

  3. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    my blind cat on #3! so cute! :)

  4. pedrofelix
    pedrofelix ·

    I've some there... too :P

  5. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    I have a cmeha8m, too, it breaks for several time, but still survive... How adorable.

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Nice gallery!

  7. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    woah! my image is there. :))

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