These authentic Russian plastic deadstock beauties yield amazing contrast, remarkable sharpness, and rich colours that will definitely win you over!
They may be lightweight with their plastic bodies, but don’t underestimate the Smena – these Deadstock 35mm cameras can deliver good sharpness due to their coated Triplet glass lens. They were lovingly crafted in St. Petersburg, Russia – from the same folks who created the iconic Lomo LC-A – to provide an inexpensive camera to the Young Soviets at the time they were made (hence the name; Cmeha = ‘Young Generation’). The first Smena was produced in the 1950s; the 8M was popular from the ‘70s-’80s; the Symbol from ‘80s-’90s; and the 35 lasted until 1995.
Some say that taking pictures with the Smena can be quite challenging, but with enough patience and creativity (they have manual aperture and shutter speed that you can play around with) you’re guaranteed excellent pictures boasting a unique, lo-fi charm – high on contrast and punchy-coloured!
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