As you all know, the SMENA 8M is a very nice Russian camera. It’s my newest camera ever since I wanted to try out manual functions of a 35mm compact camera! I still love my LC-A but the SMENA 8M gives you full control over your aperture and shutter speed. So I like to use my LC-A for occasions where its automatic function provides less hassle and SMENA 8M when I like to fiddle with my exposure settings.
The SMENA 8M has its viewfinder all the way at the left hand side of the camera. If you actually look through it and try to frame a picture, you will probably end up with a cropped image! You might say “Hey! Just estimate and snap!” But I guess sometimes you really want to take a nice portrait or landscape with our fearing the unexpected. So I decided to cut up a disposable film camera for its viewfinder and place it on the hot shoe of the SMENA 8M. Hopefully this can help the framing process!
For this operation, you will need:
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Disposable film camera
First, you unscrew the parts of your disposable film camera. Remove the back cover and front cover as far as you can. Then you start to saw around the viewfinder. After you saw it out of the camera, you can use sandpaper to smooth its rough edges. After that you start to saw a small piece of plastic from the backing of the camera. It should be 0.8cm width to be able to slide into the hot shoe. Cut slightly more then sand it down to fit snugly. Lastly, glue the viewfinder to the small square of plastic and slide the viewfinder in the hotshoe!
The Lomo Smena 8m is a classic mid-80s icon dug deep from LOMO factory. Its 3-element glass Triplet lens yields eye-popping colour and contrast, and its manual settings gives you full control over your images. Get your hands on this piece of photographic history here.