Be Lomo Elikon 535


The Elikon 535 is one of my prized possessions. Didn't order this from LSI though, I came across this little Russian camera at a flea market (sounds familiar, no?).

At first glance, it’s just an ordinary 35mm point-and-shooter from yesteryear. But take a closer look and you’ll notice all sorts of awesomeness the camera offers. I’ve heard people say the 535 is a “poor man’s LC-A” due to its multicoated Minar 2 lens. I have to agree, the output has all the ingredients of a good lomo picture; classic tinge, screwy colors and vignettes especially when using slide films.

Another interesting feature is the ability to manually set the focusing and aperture. I think it’s great when lomographers have control over their tools of trade, albeit limited in this case. Focal range is measured by a dial with three icons; Portrait (1 meter), Group (about 3 meters) or Building/Trees (infinity). Being an aperture- priority camera, the appropriate shutter speed is served according to the aperture selected using a slider with weather icons. You can also opt to use the traditional f-numbers 16 to 3.8. At the bottom of the camera is an additional slider for film speed; ASA/ISO 50, 100, 200 and 400.

Technical issues aside, the camera is lightweight and easy to carry around if you’re the type of people who go by Golden Rule #1. What stands out is the conspicuous red shutter button and Cyrillic lettering on the camera body. A practical lens blind not only protects the Minar 2, it also prevents the shutter release from going off accidentally. The viewfinder isn’t properly aligned with the lens so it takes some time to get used to. Atypical than most viewfinders, this one has a purplish pink tint to it for reasons unknown. Other traits include the standard hotshoe that will sync with basically any flash. I recommend using the Colorsplash Flash so it wouldn’t be top heavy. There’s also the tripod thread but I don’t think it’s of any use since the 535 doesn’t have bulb mode or timer.

In conclusion, the Elikon 535 is definitely a good choice for lomographers alike, be it a beginner trying to take their first lomographic steps or a seasoned veteran looking for something to add to their ever-increasing camera collection.

written by johann_affendy on 2008-08-06 in #reviews #belomo


  1. adzfar
    adzfar ·

    wowh! nice one.

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    I just made a new roll with Elikon! As soon as scanned I'll upload the best to your review! :))

  3. mantozauras
    mantozauras ·

    I uploaded some photos too. There will be more after few days. I just love this camera!great review!

  4. johann_affendy
    johann_affendy ·

    alright! thanks everyone :D

  5. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    This looks like a fun little camera--'poor man's LC-A' sounds like it's right up my penny-pinching alley. Your B&W in the thrid frame almost looks like it's infrared! Very nice!

  6. johann_affendy
    johann_affendy ·

    thank you ipdegirl. believe me, it's worth every penny spent ;)

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    Cool shots :)

  8. andyzz
    andyzz ·

    I gonna buy this USSR cam for my birthday gift this year!

  9. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    №6 is awesome!

  10. ratonlaveur
    ratonlaveur ·

    I'm currious about the 4th. Do anyone know wich film will create this color ?

  11. weerez79
    weerez79 ·

    have you guys encountered a problem where the advance wheel is stucked? my elikon seem to have the problem. any tips?

  12. johann_affendy
    johann_affendy ·

    no trouble with mine so far @weerez79. is it a recurring problem?

  13. weerez79
    weerez79 ·

    i bought it last year and just received the item this month..ive never have the chance to actually use it. the moment i got it out of the box, i tried to check everything. when i tried to load my film, the shutter cock knob wont budge..i cannot advance my film. too bad i cant use it. luckily ive found someone willing to check on the name analoguescientist..hopefully he can cast magic on my elikon..wanting to use it badly

  14. johann_affendy
    johann_affendy ·

    oh analoguescientist. then your camera is in good hands @weerez79 ;D

  15. weerez79
    weerez79 ·

    is it? glad to hear that. just post the parcel to him yesterday. hope he can make my day by fixing my elikon

  16. jvujnovi
    jvujnovi ·

    I just got one recently. It works really well and I like it alot.
    Lomography should really consider making a new version of this one.

  17. belkabelochka
    belkabelochka ·

    Hmm...seems that this model definitely has a faulty film advance, though. The first one I bought was totally stuck, and I even tried taking it apart to try to fix it. No luck. The second one I've got now only advances when it wants to, and the film counter doesn't work! :P

  18. mirako347
    mirako347 ·

    Eikon seems nice! I never knew they were Russian. I was going to acquire one but there wasn't much articles about it. I'll buy one if I see it. I never had a Belomo before.

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