LC-A Big Book Chapter 53: Eight Shots in a Row: LOMO 135 BC and LOMO 135 M

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In 1975, the LOMO 135 BC and some years later the LOMO 135 M saw the light of the day. They were the improved, cheaper and mass-produced successors of the famous “Leningrad” camera. The Leningrad had two drawbacks: firstly, it was not ready for automatic film development, as it left no space between the frames, and secondly its spring was often too strong so that it disrupted the film when winding on.

In 1975, the LOMO 135 BC and some years later the LOMO 135 M saw the light of the day. They were the improved, cheaper and mass-produced successors of the famous “Leningrad” camera. The Leningrad had two drawbacks: firstly, it was not ready for automatic film development, as it left no space between the frames, and secondly its spring was often too strong so that it disrupted the film when winding on. The task to assemble a camera that would overcome these defects was the first one that Mikhail Grigorijevich Kholomyansky and Olga Tsvetkova, two of the main figures to develop the Lomo Kompakt Automat a few years later, worked on together. They were developing a mechanism called “friction” which was able to regulate the power of the spring, and therefore avoided disruption to the film. Moreover, the handy 135 BC boasted a similar mechanism as the Leningrad and was able to take 8 pictures (3 shots per second) in a row without winding on the film. The 135 BC also left an automatic gap between the frames, which made the film suitable for automatic development. The LOMO 135 BC became a big success, got into mass production and was shortly after succeeded by the slightly improved LOMO 135 M.

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written by ungrumpy on 2011-02-18 in #library

2 Comments

  1. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    I have a red 135 M. I used it to take these Kodachrome slides: www.lomography.com/homes/mylatehope/albums/1674686-death-of…
    LSI, I wish I could add "Lomo 135 M" to my Lomohome's "Camera Shelf", HINT HINT!

  2. homer
    homer ·

    Oh wow I want one, been looking for a replacement for the two Smena 8M cameras that I've worn out

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