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Chaika ll - The 35mm Half Frame Camera

Saving up on film for a rainy day? Penny pinching on film during these times is easy with the 72 shot Half Frame wonder!

I came across this camera many years ago now browsing on ebay – which I still do now and then – it was priced at a few pounds so I bought it, not really knowing much about it, apart from it was manufactured by Belarus-Belomo with this series produced from 1967-1972. I went on to discover that it shoots 35mm fim but at a half frame rate – which means 72 shots per roll.

I like the fact that you can mix shots up like this & especially that it has a ‘b’ setting for longer exposures. I love that it has the original Russian worded logo, that it is a good weight in my hands – that it was a bit battered and scratched when it arrived all the way from Russia beautifully packaged in brown paper with a string around it.

Here are the camera specs:
Lens Industar: 69
Focal length, mm: 28
Relative aperture: f/2,8
Shutter: 1/30s, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250s + B (bulb)
Diaphragm scale: from 2,8 to 16
Focusing, m: 0,8 to infinite
35mm Film: 18 × 24mm frames

If you come across one grab it and have a go!

written by scootiepye

17 comments

  1. janidays

    janidays

    i love the gallery! nice photos!

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  2. rater

    rater

    Ohohoho! Half frame rules!

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  3. deeseeohecks

    deeseeohecks

    what a cool camera!

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  4. dogma

    dogma

    Wow love your gallery!!!

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  5. stouf

    stouf

    Glorious gallery !

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  6. sonjabean

    sonjabean

    As others have said, great gallery!

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  7. eyecon

    eyecon

    Half Frame is a fantastic format!

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  8. lomollete

    lomollete

    I absolutely love the gallery (and I really want a half frame)

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  9. hailkingstewie

    hailkingstewie

    I have to get me one of those

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  10. buster_adams

    buster_adams

    VERY NICE.JUST BOUGHT AN OLYMPUS Pen Half frame on eBay can't wait to try it!!

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  11. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Super gallery. All really nice diptychs.

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  12. matt0791

    matt0791

    its an amazing camera!! ive ogt one! problem is my lens for what ever reason slips, making focusing very difficult!! i can not figure it out!

    But! amazing shots! i do love the half frame!!!

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  13. scootiepye

    scootiepye

    ok so great news you can get the Diana Mini which is also a half frame 35mm camera - *rubs hands together!

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  14. bartho

    bartho

    Great gallery! I got a Chaika 3, and those little (-but heavy) cameras are so cool.

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  15. bryanflair

    Original amazing camera!!! I got Chaikas I & II, i'm whaiting for...... really nice gallery!!
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  16. gaz2112

    gaz2112

    Community Half-frame camera in Russia:
    http://vk.com/half_frame_camera

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  17. woodyshakti

    woodyshakti

    great photos combo !!

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