Refurbish Your Smena 8M With a New Viewfinder

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 without 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!


  • A saw
  • Glue
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Disposable film camera


  1. Unscrew the parts of your disposable film camera and remove the back cover and front cover as far as you can.
  2. Start to saw around the viewfinder. After retrieving this piece out of the camera, you can use sandpaper to smooth its rough edges.
  3. 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 and then sand it down to fit snugly.
  4. Lastly, glue the viewfinder to the small square of plastic and slide the viewfinder in the hot shoe!

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written by pepperoniii on 2012-01-03 #gear #tutorials #diy #smena-8m #camera #viewfinder #tipster #cutting #modifications #hot-shoe #saw

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