Lomopedia: KOMSOMOLETS

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Appropriately named after the Communist Youth organization “Komsomol,” this camera is one of the very first products created by the burgeoning Soviet photo industry.

It is also the very FIRST TLR camera created in the Soviet Union. Overall, it’s pretty much an exact copy of the original non-​focusing Voigtländer Brilliant, albeit with a few simplifications to the body design. It’s produced in Bakelite – a predecessor to modern-day plastics. Although the focusing Voigtländer Brilliant was released eight years earlier, the Komsomolets was modeled after the first Brilliant, so the taking and viewing lenses are not connected. As with the Brilliant, the Komsomolets has a small internal compartment for storing filters and supplementary lenses.

Technical Stats:

  • Produced 1946-1950 / Approximately 25,000 units
  • Central shutter with B, 1/25, 1/50. 1/100s
  • T-21 80/6.3 taking lens, 75/4.5 viewing lens
  • Film Format: 120
Credits: alex34

Find out more about the Komsomolets and it’s successors on our Lubitel 166+ microsite

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written by pan_dre on 2013-04-25 in #reviews #lomopedia #lubitel #russian #medium-format #komsomolet #120 #vintage #camera-reviews

4 Comments

  1. chourique
    chourique ·

    komsomoletS

  2. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    @chourique Thanks. Already edited!

  3. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Beautiful photos @alex34

  4. alex34
    alex34 ·

    @neanderthalis thanks, a bit surprised by this, but a pleasant surprise I guess.

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