BeLomo Elikon 4: Another Diamond From a Well Known Ukrainian Family!


The Elikon family should be known by every Lomographer, because of well-known and great 535 model, but this time Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to the Elikon 4.

Image by Kurt Bauschardt from Flickr under the Creative Commons License

If I count correctly, there were nine different Elikon models. Elikon 4 was made in 1988 and is very similar to Elikon 3. Elikon 4 is a mechanical camera, but you are not able to control all the settings. The shutter of Elikon 4 is fixed at 1/125s and if you load this baby with 100 iso film, I say this combination is perfect for “rule 16”. Why? Because this camera's aperture range is f4-f16. But still, if you don’t know what “rule 16” is – that’s not a problem, the aperture setting ring is decorated with those cute weather symbols like on Smena, Agat and some other cameras.

Well, I really enjoyed testing this camera! The shooting was really easy, interesting and cheerful. There are two funny things about this camera. First one is the sound of the shutter. Maybe it’s only in my camera, but every time I click the shutter release button, my Elikon 4 sounds like “Chhiinn..”. That sound is really hilarious and reminds me of two swords striking each other. And the second funny thing is tripod mount socket in a camera which does not have a B – bulb mode and cable release plug, but on second thought the tripod mount socket works perfectly as lens cover holder.

More great things about this camera: frame counter, a film reminder holder (a place where you can put a piece of paper film box with information about the film), built-in flash and the last and the best black corners in the pictures :) just have a look at this gallery. Sweet is in it?

This camera review was written by dogma. Check out other analogue cameras in our Online Shop and Gallery Stores.

written by dogma on 2009-12-05 #gear #plastic #35mm #review #analogue #be-lomo #manual #flash #dogma #ukraine #elikon4 #fixed-focus #dead-stock

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  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Looks great! Unfortunately I can't see all the pics, but the ones I see are cool, specially the redscale ones :))

  2. paramir
    paramir ·

    wow!!! what a gallery!!!
    truly amazing... great shots, great camera, i guess...

  3. crayfish
    crayfish ·

    nice plus is a built in flash. i dream my lca had flash instead viewfinder xD

  4. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    I like this article so much !!!
    This camera is completelly new to me.
    Here, in Spain, there were few cameras from conuntries like Ukraine. (In the school, it was USSR to us ...)
    Congrats !!!

  5. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·


  6. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    this camera has everything it needs
    beautiful pictures, nice colours
    what film did you use?
    i declare this: review of the week!

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    Thanks everyone! Nice to here you love the review and the gallery!
    @Cubilas for the redscale i have used a kodak gold 400 which i have exposed as 50 iso film and the other film was kodak ektachrome elite 200 slide film cross processed

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    Oh yeah ! It really rocks ! Great review !

  9. lomovan
    lomovan ·

    great gallery and review!!!

  10. cruesi
    cruesi ·

    great gallery!!

  11. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Great gallery!! I gotta find this one!

  12. saniday
    saniday ·

    I just bought it, great review, I hope it will work well )

  13. jvujnovi
    jvujnovi ·

    I bought one as well and it takes great colour and black & white pictures. Good vignetting.
    This is another one Lomography should consider manufacturing. It is alot better than most other "Western" point & shoots that I've owned.

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