Electra 112 - Dark Horse of Lomo Family

2009-09-17 26

You can’t even believe it but it’s an authentic Lomo rangefinder camera with auto exposure

It’s not so well known but Lomo factory produced even rangefinder cameras in Soviet glory days. I’ve mentioned complicated cameras such as Leningrad (1956-1966) with spring wind driven shutter, Sokol (1966-1978), Lomo 130A (1974-1975) and Sokol-2 (1977-1986) which is quiet similar, Unost’(1957-1961), Selena-E(1966-1968) and Selena-auto(1967-1969).

There was some dark horse amongst this proud line too. Please welcome, the Electra-112 Lomo rangefinder camera! This camera was produced by factory LOMO (Russia) since 1980 up to 1984 and only 22 800 units were made. It has a chrome-and -black or all black metal body which is quiet compact and ergonomic on my taste. As for some design versions there was an Olympic model as well as 3 different logos, LOMO, arms of the city of Leningrad and a Hemisphere (my with Hemisphere).

The Electra 112 is an electronic rangefinder combined with a viewfinder camera. It has a CDS meter coupled to an electro-magnetic shutter. For me it’s a strong point that this camera’s life is pretty long compared to selenium based electronic shutter cameras. It features 3 diodes in the viewfinder to control under-over exposure and a hot shoe. This camera has aperture-priority auto exposure mode only and no manual controls for changing shutter speed which is 2-1/500 sec. Of course you can play with shutter speed via pseudo +/- EV correction by changing ISO settings (up to 400 ASA). The Electra 112 has Industar-73 f2.8/40mm lens from “Tessar type” Industar family. Well, this lens is well known for its sharp and rich contrast pictures but so called “bokeh” wasn’t its strong point as well. The lens has handy thread (M49x0.75) for a filter or hood.

Some interesting facts. It’ says that this camera is a very close copy of Yashica Electro 35. I’d agree except with the lens. The production of this camera were stopped because of very high price (160 rubles, compare to average salary of those days between 80-120 rubles – it’s about 50-75 USD by official currency rate, so camera price is around 100 USD) and lack of 4 53 batteries. Now it perfectly works with 4LR44 plus some small coins for pressing it.

For me pluses of this camera:
1. Aperture-priority mode. I find it more useful in creative sense instead of shutter priority or even full automatic modes.
2. Sharp lens is also good especially in some cases.
3. Sturdy full metal body and convenient handy shape.

written by plyshbel on 2009-09-17 #gear #review #electra112-rangefinder-lomo-masha_njam-katya-leontyeva-grad-gleby-nikitapest-lomographyphotocross

26 Comments

  1. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    what an awesome looking camera!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent review of an incredible camera !!! And the camera itself looks great !

  3. sumlom
    sumlom ·

    this camera looks so coool.

    and really nice sharp photos too.

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    How cool!! Didn't know this camera, thanks for sharing :))

  5. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Cool gallery, nice review, awesome camera ;) Congrats!!!

  6. grad
    grad ·

    раритет

  7. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    exquisite

  8. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    nice!

  9. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Nice camera and gallery!!

  10. dogma
    dogma ·

    Yup this one is great camera :) i have one, but it's not working anymore :(

  11. specialblewah
    specialblewah ·

    hehe..i have one!!

  12. masha_njam
    masha_njam ·

    spb crew ob photos:)

  13. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    wonderful picz!

  14. copefan
    copefan ·

    Been looking for one of these for ages......

  15. copefan
    copefan ·

    should say things like that more often..... just bought a mint one for £20

  16. katya-leontyeva
    katya-leontyeva ·

    палево!

  17. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Great review and gallery. Congrats!
    The camera is very similar to Yashica 35-ME.

  18. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    Электра крута, ревью отличное! Буду искать камеру на барахолках

  19. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Great review and gallery!

  20. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Same lens as my Lomo 135M!

  21. marcellovesto
    marcellovesto ·

    Does this work without batteries? thanks :)

  22. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    @marcellovesto No, completely

  23. marcellovesto
    marcellovesto ·

    @plyshbel Thanks for the reply. Do you have any tutorial video how to use the camera? sorry im new to film photography and i just bought this camera. Cheers!!! :)

  24. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    @marcellovesto Hi! No, I'haven't for sad. Operations are pretty simple: load the batteries, set the film ISO setting, load the film, and start shooting. Have luck and fun with your camera!

  25. marcellovesto
    marcellovesto ·

    @plyshbel Hi! one last question, Where is the self timer located and how to use it? Thanks! Cheers!!! :)

  26. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    @marcellovesto There's no self-timer on this camera:(

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