Have you ever heard of the BeLomo Elikon 35CM? If not, you might want to learn something about this Soviet point and shoot camera from the 1990s!
BeLomo Elikon 35CM or “Эликон 35СМ” is not just an ordinary point and shoot camera. It’s one of those Soviet family cameras that were produced by BeLomo around 1990. This camera is an aperture priority one so you need to use battery with it. This camera only uses 2 AA batteries that are easy to find at the nearest store. The aperture range is 4, 5.8, 8, 11 and A (Auto). Its shutter speed is around 1/8s – 1/500s and doesn’t have B (bulb) mode so this camera can’t be used for long exposures.
The Industar lens that is attached to this camera have aperture value from f/ 2.8 till 38. This lens always produces high contrast, and vivid and sharp images, especially when used with slide film. Sometimes, you will be surprised with its outcome because they look like they were taken using the LC-A. Compared with LC-A, this camera produces less vignettes, but it doesn’t mean it cannot produce great pictures.
The focal range for this camera is set using a dial with the icons: portrait (1 meter), group (3 meters) or building/trees (infinity). You can only choose to use ISO 50, 100, 200, and 400. This makes it not suitable to use in low light condition. Although it is a camera made of plastic, it has very good quality and high durability. This camera also has a built-in flash function. Just slide the flash button to the red lightning symbol to use it.
In conclusion, this camera is good both for beginners and pro photographers because it’s simple and easy to use, and can produce great images.