Etyud (a.k.a. Etude)

4

This funny-looking plastic thing is, visually, probably the coolest camera ever made (in my humble opinion). It's big, square, chunky and generally odd.

image from photo.net

This funny-looking plastic thing is, visually, probably the coolest camera ever made (in my humble opinion). It’s big, square, chunky and generally odd. You hold it upright, in the portrait position, to take a picture in the landscape position, which is another piece of oddness.

I got to take this one out for a spin, but sadly it doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to a friend of mine. I’ve had it at the top of my wish list for a looong time, but they can be hard to find, especially in good condition with a good lens. As they were cheaply made to begin with they haven’t survived well. And understandably so – when you hold it in your hands it feels like it could break apart at anytime.

Etyud was produced by MMZ in Minsk between 1969-1984 and it takes 6×4.5 pictures on 120 film. It was made as a consumer camera, hence the name which means “student”. It has a 60mm meniscus lens, an aperture of f/11 and a choice of 1/60s. or bulb for shutter speed, and a tripod thread.

You switch between shutter speeds using a small metal switch below the lens – this is one of those times you feel like you’re going to break the camera and possibly rip the entire lens off. On paper, this is a relatively slow camera, which would need slow film (50-100 iso in sunlight) – however, these shots were done on 100 iso film, and they came out generally underexposed, so I’ll probably use faster film if I ever have one of these cameras in my hands again.

I had a lot of fun with this camera. So, pleeeeeaase, Santa, I’ve been a good girl, you know what I want!

Source

written by eggzakly on 2009-10-10 in #reviews #etyud #vintage #120 #shanghai #russian #plastic #etude #chinese #black-and-white #rodinal

4 Comments

  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    What an odd looking camera...in a very awesome way.

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hooo so pretty !!! And I'm glad to see you keep on shooting that light on the train station ! It's really YOUR light !!! ; )

  3. dogma
    dogma ·

    WoW this baby looks fantastic!

  4. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    I have one of them! it's amazing!

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomo'Instant + Splitzer: The Duo at Their Peak!

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-03-30 in #gear #lifestyle
    Lomo'Instant + Splitzer: The Duo at Their Peak!

    With a Lomo'Instant Camera and a Splitzer, you can get absolutely funny and creative images. I took it to the highest level and exposed my shots from 4 to 8 times! What you'll see next is an impressive mix of colors, textures, places and people captured in a very surreal way!

  • Newcomer of the Week: treizedeath

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-08-02 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: treizedeath

    Séverin Boonne considers photography as his most intimate way of expression. Aside from revealing things about himself, creating images with his trusty cameras helps calm his nerves and keeps him relaxed. In this interview, our newcomer of the week from France talks more about his humble beginnings, passion for shooting film, and more.

    3
  • Back to the Future: What the Movie Predicted About 2015

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-10-21 in #world #lifestyle
    Back to the Future: What the Movie Predicted About 2015

    When Marty and Doctor Brown visited the 21st of October 2015, things were flying and people were glued to technology. In 1989, the predictions of Back to the Future II might have looked far-fetched and funny. Today, of course, is a different story. Some of these predictions have come true!

    3
  • Shop News

    Lomo'Instant Reykjavik Edition

    Lomo'Instant Reykjavik Edition

    The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family! Inspired by the Icelandic midnight sky, Get endless creativity, take multiple exposed instant snapshots, experiment with long exposure and light painting shots!

  • My First Time with the LC-Wide: nural

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-24 in #gear #news #lifestyle
    My First Time with the LC-Wide: nural

    The LC-Wide is definitely a must-have, especially for someone who lives and breathes Lomography. In this case it's nural, Lomography Turkey's General Manager, who candidly shares her first meeting with the LC-Wide in this short interview.

    2
  • La Habana, Cuba, and Holgas

    written by Lorraine Healy on 2015-09-01 in #world #locations
    La Habana, Cuba, and Holgas

    An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy shares her experiences photographing in Cuba in early 2013.

    4
  • On Looking and Seeing: An Interview with Carly Zavala

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-08-25 in #world #lifestyle
    On Looking and Seeing: An Interview with Carly Zavala

    In Carly Zavala’s work, honesty comes in visual cues. It can be as simple as a woman looking straight into the camera, or as meaningful as a man deep in thought. It is loyalty to the facts of a scene. What little light is there she will finesse into a striking image.

    5
  • Shop News

    Enjoy the Half-Frame or Square Format Images WIth Diana Mini Double Rainbow at Discounted Price!!

    Enjoy the Half-Frame or Square Format Images WIth Diana Mini Double Rainbow at Discounted Price!!

    Enjoy half-frame or square format images of Diana Mini Double Rainbow with designs inspired by Tara McPherson! Now available at discounted price!

  • Elliott Erwitt's Contact Sheets

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-05 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Elliott Erwitt's Contact Sheets

    "If there's one thing photographers must never ever do, it is to show their contact sheets or to display them in public," says the esteemed photographer, who does exactly that in this short clip.

  • Doug DuBois on My Last Day at Seventeen

    written by anamartaml on 2015-09-15 in #people #lifestyle
    Doug DuBois on My Last Day at Seventeen

    Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.

    4
  • Street Photography When You Live In The Boonies

    written by Lorraine Healy on 2015-10-05 in #world #lifestyle
    Street Photography When You Live In The Boonies

    An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how you can find ways to do street photography even if you live in a rural area.

    4
  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Vintage Gallery: Human Formations

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-07-16 in #people
    Vintage Gallery: Human Formations

    Some days, things seem to align for your street shot. The subjects form photo-ready queues that mimic architectural details around. Other times, an arrangement is made. Stretch this way, pose here, move a little forward for a group picture in strategic shapes and patterns.

  • The World According to Herr Willie: Lake Toba

    written by wil6ka on 2016-01-03 in #people #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: Lake Toba

    Talking about the creation of the world. A big bang, meteors hitting planets, ice age and tectonic breakdancing. The world is an incredible start up and the landscapes, that were created through the elements and time. Sometimes your eyes can still see this amazing process in a timelapse. Such a mystical place is Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Or as the locals call it: Danau Toba.

    5
  • Analog By Nature

    written by Cameron Jean-laing on 2015-04-17 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Analog By Nature

    It's late October in Copenhagen and summer was well and truly behind us. With the nights drawing in, the chances of going out with one of my cameras was slim. All was not lost at this time of year, however, as it allowed me time to focus on my own personal music projects—I am a professional composer/musician and audio engineer at my own studio by day.

    1