A well-known model from the Smena line of inexpensive Russian cameras, the Smena 8M remains a popular option for those who are getting started with lomography. Find out more about this no-frills fantastic plastic snapper in this installment of Lomopedia!
For those who are looking for a simple, no-fuss, totally manual camera to get started with lomography and film photography, the Smena 8M has long been a popular choice. This entry-level 35mm camera from the 1970s Soviet Union has also been a collectible for many Russian camera enthusiasts.
While the Smena 8M looks and feels like a very basic plastic film camera, what surprises many is its 40mm f/4 T-43 Triplet lens — which is a coated glass lens that produces nice contrast and saturation. It’s also equipped with a leaf shutter and PC sync socket which allows it to flash sync at any shutter speed.
Other features that make it popular among experimental lomographers and film photographers is the Bulb (B) mode which makes long exposures possible; and the manual shutter cock function, the benefit of which is the limitless possibilities for interesting multiple exposures.
- Film Type: All standard 35mm
- Lens: Triplet 43 / 40mm, f/4
- Weight: 289g
- Size: 70 × 100 × 60mm
- Focal Range: 1m to infinity
- Shutter Speeds: B, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250
- Aperture Ring: 8 blades
- Apertures: f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11,f/16
- Flash: PC connection only