Tag: soviet

  • Camera Collections: Alexandr Altabaev's Soviet Stash

    written by denisesanjose on 2013-07-10
    Camera Collections: Alexandr Altabaev's Soviet Stash

    This week's Camera Collection is proof that analogue love could run in your family's blood. Community member @japsix from Sevastopol shows us her father's massive medley of Russian cameras that her mom won't even allow to be kept in the house because there's just so many!

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  • BelOMO Etyud (Etude)

    written by mcrstar on 2011-01-02 #gear
    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.

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  • LOMO Electra 112, a Rare Soviet Auto Rangefinder

    written by herbert-4 on 2012-12-25 #gear
    LOMO Electra 112, a Rare Soviet Auto Rangefinder

    Here's a review of an uncommon Soviet camera from the early 1980's, the LOMO Electra 112.

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  • A Guide to Russian & Soviet / Former Soviet Cameras

    written by cruzron on 2011-08-23 #gear #tutorials
    A Guide to Russian & Soviet / Former Soviet Cameras

    For this month's feature article from PhotoTuts+, we go into the nitty gritty of the vintage cameras from Russia and the Former Soviet Union!

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  • Iskra, a Really Wonderful Old Russian Folding Camera!

    written by herbert-4 on 2010-07-29 #gear
    Iskra, a Really Wonderful Old Russian Folding Camera!

    Here's the Iskra, a particularly well made Russian 120 folder from 1960. This may be one of the best Soviet cameras ever made! It seems to have been based on the Agfa Isolette II.

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  • Lubitel 166B: My Solid Soviet Companion

    written by xxxanderrr on 2011-09-23 #gear
    Lubitel 166B: My Solid Soviet Companion

    Ever since bought, the Lubitel 166B has been a reliable and serious friend and companion. I consider it the Anti-Holga, or even the Anti-Diana -- not in a bad way of course. But it's just everything those cameras are not -- a serious camera for people who like to have full control of their shots.

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  • Zenit E: Cut-Price Cold War Classic

    written by stephen73 on 2012-04-30 #gear
    Zenit E: Cut-Price Cold War Classic

    The Zenit E is a 1960s survivor; short on features, but solid and tough in a way only Russian cameras can be. Cheap, cheerful, and made in the millions, it's an often-overlooked camera deserving a re-appraisal. Quantity has a quality of its own, after all.

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  • Kiev 4 AM: A Silent Sniper

    written by kingdjin on 2012-07-09 #gear
    Kiev 4 AM: A Silent Sniper

    Let me introduce my latest purchase: a beautiful and very silent Soviet camera, the Kiev 4 (AM version).

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  • 20 years of expiration

    written by mcrstar on 2011-04-11 #gear
    20 years of expiration

    Tasma Photo 64 - one of the most popular films in the Soviet Union. Tasma and Svema factories were almost the sole suppliers of the film on the Soviet market. At the moment, Tasma factory still produces the film, but only highly specialized type of X-ray film and film for aerial photography.

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  • Lomo Lubitel 166 U

    written by lomollete on 2009-05-28 #gear
    Lomo Lubitel 166 U

    This camera from the last days of the soviet era is the "poor man's TLR" (or so I've heard) It was made from 1983 to​ 1996 in LOMO in St Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad).

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  • Secondhand Love Affair: Zenit EM Moskva '80

    written by shuttersentinel17 on 2012-02-28
    Secondhand Love Affair: Zenit EM Moskva '80

    A love story between a Malaysian student and a lovely Russian. I know you're curious, so why don't you go ahead and read about it after the jump!

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  • The Lomographic Society Proudly Presents The Lomo LC-A+ KRAB Underwater Case!

    written by pan_dre on 2008-06-27 #news
    The Lomographic Society Proudly Presents The Lomo LC-A+ KRAB Underwater Case!

    Back in the 1980’s, the Soviet Union’s camera industry was in full swing and a small, blocky underwater case was created for the popular Lomo Kompakt Automat camera. Crafted in solid metal, perfectly aligned with the LC-A’s knobs and curves, and designed with a distinctively Russian character, this item was never produced beyond the prototype stage and is exceptionally difficult to find.

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  • The Dangers of Owning Analogue Spy Cameras

    written by cruzron on 2013-09-22
    The Dangers of Owning Analogue Spy Cameras

    It would be safe to assume that we would never think that our life would be in danger because of analogue cameras. In the sad case of Alexandr Komarov, apparently not!

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  • The LOMO Smena Symbol

    written by rose_screw_selavy on 2010-04-15 #gear
    The LOMO Smena Symbol

    An odd but pleasing combination of fully manual controls and small size which was manufactured in the USSR

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  • Fed 50 – Versatile 35 mm Film Soviet Shooter

    written by jutei on 2013-04-19 #gear
    Fed 50 – Versatile 35 mm Film Soviet Shooter

    Diana Mini isn’t the best choice for dark Finnish winter, so I decided to get something brighter. Budget was low and this Soviet wonder seemed to be just what I wanted..but was it after all?

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  • Kiev 19: The Ukranian Beast

    written by bongofury on 2012-08-08 #gear
    Kiev 19: The Ukranian Beast

    Some say it is a weak camera, but when I grabbed the Kiev 19, I felt that I could use her like a hammer. Learn more about this camera after the jump!

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  • Soviet-era Russia's 'Bone Music'

    written by chooolss on 2014-07-16
    Soviet-era Russia's 'Bone Music'

    Think vinyl records are cool? Well, yeah, but you might find yourself singing a different tune once you've seen where Russians pressed their bootleg records during the '50s. Pictures after the cut!

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  • Lomopedia: Smena 8M

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-02-14 #gear
    Lomopedia: Smena 8M

    A well-known model from the Smena line of inexpensive Russian cameras, the Smena 8M remains a popular option for those who are getting started with lomography. Find out more about this no-frills fantastic plastic snapper in this installment of Lomopedia!

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  • Boarding House

    written by mcrstar on 2010-04-25 #places
    Boarding House

    I love finding places from the past, in this case from the Soviet past. Although I have not long lived in the Union, but I know and feel the state of such places, to which the spirit of "perestroika" has not yet arrived. One of them, I visited this week: I beg to love and favor rubles (otherwise they will be shut down completely) - a boarding house "Forest town".

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  • Camera Review of the Week

    written by cruzron on 2009-11-14 #gear
    Camera Review of the Week

    We need to give oir thanks to the former Soviet union for birthing us our sturdy and downright gorgeous Camera Review of the Week!

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  • Zenit 12, Another Workhorse from KMZ

    written by seiglie on 2010-10-28 #gear
    Zenit 12, Another Workhorse from KMZ

    The magnificent Zenit 12 is a sturdy and reliable 35mm SLR camera with TTL metering system, interchangeable lens (M42 mount), and a reputation of being almost indestructible.

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  • Fed 5 - My First Analogue Camera in 2015

    written by whimsicalgrid on 2015-01-23 #gear
    Fed 5 - My First Analogue Camera in 2015

    Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.

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  • The Bermondsey Tank

    written by kernow_and_cambria on 2009-10-06 #places
    The Bermondsey Tank

    A Russian T34 Tank in Bermondsey, Sarf London.

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  • Yablonovsky, Adygeya - Lost in time

    written by life_on_mars on 2010-07-26 #places
    Yablonovsky, Adygeya - Lost in time

    Adyghe village is located on the left bank of the Kuban River. It is a quiet place for a sad life. There is no joy, just old Soviet architecture. If you ever find yourself near the area, try to visit it and see for yourself a whole city lost in time.

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  • Lomopedia: Zorki 4

    written by cheeo on 2014-11-19 #gear
    Lomopedia: Zorki 4

    Another Russian camera makes it to the list of cameras to watch out for. Feast your eyes on the Soviet beauty, the Zorki 4.

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  • To Russia with Love: Finland Train Station, Saint Petersburg

    written by neja on 2012-10-26 #places
    To Russia with Love: Finland Train Station, Saint Petersburg

    A train station with a great history. Finland Station is a railway station, which handles transportation to northern destinations including Helsinki and Vyborg. So, if you are arriving in Russia from Helsinki, this is where your train will stop.

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  • To Russia with Love: Pulkovo Observatory, Saint Petersburg

    written by neja on 2012-10-24 #places
    To Russia with Love: Pulkovo Observatory, Saint Petersburg

    Simply a must! The Pulkovo Obesrvatory has always been among my top favorite places in Saint Petersburg. I can visit it over and over again. After the madness of the big city, it is literarily a breath of fresh air.

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  • Postcards from Rzhavchino

    written by alexander_krolikowski on 2014-05-23
    Postcards from Rzhavchino

    I would like to tell you about the Zhuzhalka. Zhuzhalka is the slag waste that remains after coal mining. But in this story, in our case, we have another meaning for this word. Here, the Zhuzhalka is a Ukrainian group of young photographers. These photos are by artists from Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine. The name of the project was influenced by the geographic specialization of Donetsk.

  • Reviews on Rewind: FED 5B

    written by cruzron on 2014-01-11 #gear
    Reviews on Rewind: FED 5B

    Packing the powerful Industrar 61L/D 53mm f/2.8 lens, the FED 5B rangefinder is no slouch in making great images. With its fully manual controls and battery free operation, this camera makes sure that you're able to get the shot, regardless of lighting conditions. While it may look intimidating, it's quite to easy to get the hang of, as noted by users in this week's Reviews on Rewind!

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  • Camera Review of the Week

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2012-05-05 #gear
    Camera Review of the Week

    For this week's featured camera review, let's turn to a curious Russian camera that is commonly spotted in second-hand stores, flea markets, and vintage camera stores. Find out what our featured snapshooter has to say about the 1960s classic, the Zenit E, after the jump!

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