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BelOMO Etyud (Etude)

Etyud -- this is a simple for use plastic camera. One of the few plastic 120 type cameras in the USSR of a 60's and 70's. Faded colors, angular body -- the soviet people know with this type of design. But shoot this camera is very nice.

Of course it’s a toy camera, in soviet description — children camera. Made at BELOMO from 1969 to 1984. The camera can be called big brother of “Shkolnik”. Produced more than 1.5 million units, but now it’s a rare camera. It has plastic body and lens (1:11/60) without focusing (sharpness from 4 meters to infinity). There are two switches for installation exposures (1/60 and B) and apertures (11, 16 22) in front of the camera. Side of the camera has a film rewind knob, on the top of the body — the viewfinder, at the bottom — tripod mount. Also there is a cold shoe, but no contact to synchronization — it’s a strange constructive solution or I don’t understand it. The camera shoots a 120 type film, but the 135 type gets into it very well. In general, the technical description is not unusual.

I got my copy with big luck — someone put up for auction on molotok(“hammer”, russian analogue ebay) this camera without a signature at 100 rub (about $ 3). I bought this camera and, as addition, bought a “Lubitel-1” from this seller.

After some time I decided to try this camera and the results I was pleasantly surprised: the camera image clear and sharp, shooting nice and easy, sweet vignette and vivid colors. The camera performed well in low light (“B” exposure): there is no blur and smearing as with some other cameras. Most often, I shot the nature of this camera, it’s my favorite topic. I also photographed one roll of 135 film: the results also be good.

If you have the opportunity to buy this camera, especially cheap — I advise you to take it.
My friend once described this camera as a “Soviet Diana” and I think he is somewhat right.

written by mcrstar


  1. awesomesther


    The shutter speed and apertures are indeed very similar to a Diana :) Nice camera, and lucky you got it at a good price! :D

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  2. herbert-4


    Excellent find!! Enjoy!!

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  3. mcrstar



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  5. mylatehope


    I am going out shooting with my Etyud today!

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  6. mylatehope


    The most strange thing about the camera is that you hold it upright as if it was a portrait camera, but it takes landscape images!

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  7. dogma


    Interesting camera!

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  8. plyshbel


    Nice review! I have Etyud too, it's pretty cool camera!

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  9. elis


    lovely camera and photos! especially the train tracks :)
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  10. mcrstar


    thanks to all you)

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  11. edwinchau


    very cool camera, mcrstar
    share with us more good shots of yours next time ;)

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  12. stickyvinny


    I like!

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  13. makny


    nice, i will look for it!!!

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