BelOMO Etyud (Etude)


Etyud -- this is a simple for use plastic camera. One of the few plastic 120 type cameras in the USSR of a 60's and 70's. Faded colors, angular body -- the soviet people know with this type of design. But shoot this camera is very nice.

Of course it's a toy camera, in soviet description -- children camera. Made at BELOMO(BELorusskoe Optiko-Mekhanicheskoe Ob'edinenie) from 1969 to 1984. The camera can be called big brother of "Shkolnik". Produced more than 1.5 million units, but now it's a rare camera. It has plastic body and lens (1:11/60) without focusing (sharpness from 4 meters to infinity). There are two switches for installation exposures (1/60 and B) and apertures (11, 16 22) in front of the camera. Side of the camera has a film rewind knob, on the top of the body -- the viewfinder, at the bottom -- tripod mount. Also there is a cold shoe, but no contact to synchronization -- it's a strange constructive solution or I don't understand it. The camera shoots a 120 type film, but the 135 type gets into it very well. In general, the technical description is not unusual.

I got my copy with big luck -- someone put up for auction on molotok("hammer", russian analogue ebay) this camera without a signature at 100 rub (about $ 3). I bought this camera and, as addition, bought a "Lubitel-1" from this seller.

After some time I decided to try this camera and the results I was pleasantly surprised: the camera image clear and sharp, shooting nice and easy, sweet vignette and vivid colors. The camera performed well in low light ("B" exposure): there is no blur and smearing as with some other cameras. Most often, I shot the nature of this camera, it's my favorite topic. I also photographed one roll of 135 film: the results also be good.

If you have the opportunity to buy this camera, especially cheap -- I advise you to take it.
My friend once described this camera as a "Soviet "Diana":" and I think he is somewhat right.

written by mcrstar on 2011-01-02 #gear #120 #review #soviet #belomo #4x6 #etyud #ussr


  1. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    The shutter speed and apertures are indeed very similar to a Diana :) Nice camera, and lucky you got it at a good price! :D

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Excellent find!! Enjoy!!

  3. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·


  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  5. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    I am going out shooting with my Etyud today!

  6. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    The most strange thing about the camera is that you hold it upright as if it was a portrait camera, but it takes landscape images!

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    Interesting camera!

  8. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Nice review! I have Etyud too, it's pretty cool camera!

  9. elis
    elis ·

    lovely camera and photos! especially the train tracks :)

  10. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    thanks to all you)

  11. edwinchau
    edwinchau ·

    very cool camera, mcrstar
    share with us more good shots of yours next time ;)

  12. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    I like!

  13. makny
    makny ·

    nice, i will look for it!!!

  14. neneohcs
    neneohcs ·

    Klasse! Danke1

  15. kmd
    kmd ·

    Thanks for the review, i was talking to my mother about soviet cameras, and she remembered she had an Etyud in the 60s, i was intrigued because i never heard of it. I found one for sale in my country for 18 lei (around 4.6$), and i might buy it, seems pretty fun and interesting despite the limitations. Besides for the price of a film roll (less actually) I'll get something pretty rare.

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