The Sputnik is a medium format twin lens reflex stereo camera that was manufactured from 1954 to 1974 by GOMZ-LOOMP-LOMO in Lenigrad (now St. Petersburg).
Using standard 120 film, the Sputnik can produce up to six pairs of 6×6 images which can viewed using the slide and print viewer that comes included with the set. Aside from capturing stereographs, traditional 2D photos as well as double exposures can be captured using the Sputnik.
Depending on the user, some notable downsides on the Sputnik is that it is prone to light leaks, lens flare and reflections due to the camera’s build. However, these effects can be reduced with simple modifications.
- Type: Twin lens reflex stereo camera
- Body: Bakelite
- Size: 154.1 mm x 101.2 mm x 93.4 mm
- Weight: 809 grams
- Lens separation: 63.58 mm
- Image format: 55.3 × 55.4 mm
- Image window separation: 64.22 mm
- Lenses: Lomo T-22 matched anastigmats (3 elements, glass), 1:4.5/75 mm, no filter thread (outside lens diameter: 26.9 mm)
- Diaphragms: Iris diaphragms between the lenses, continuously adjustable f/4.5 to f/22
- Focusing: Manual, 1.3 m to infinity
- Shutter: Mechanical central type shutter with 3 blades, between the lenses. Cocked with separate lever.
- Shutter speed: 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15 sec. and “B” (New Model) 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10 sec. and “B” (Old Model)
- Viewfinder: Reflex viewfinder with viewfinder lens 1:2.8, viewfinder hood and lens; frame finder.
- Film loading: Manual
- Film transport: Manual, with knob
- Flash: Contact PC-Contact
- Tripod socket: 3/8" / 16 TPI or 1/4" / 20 TPI, depending on model
- Self-timer: Approx. 7 to 12 sec. delay