In the previous article, we talked about the Soviet medium format camera called EFTE-1, and EFTE-2, the apparatus discussed in this article, is not much different from the above.

EFTE 2 soviet large format camera
EFTE 2 ussr camera

Since 1931, the Soviet shutter called “EFTE” has been installed on the “EFTE” cameras and the camera is called “EFTE-2” (the first serial camera from Soviet components). The production of EFTE cameras ended in 1933 when the Photo-Trud artel was divided into two parts, with the separation of the production of cameras in an independent direction, called the ARFO.

EFTE 2 large format Soviet camera

As we said above, the camera has very few differences from the EFTE-1. The folding frame of the viewfinder has slightly changed, the white meter scale has decreased in size and has changed its place, etc.

Otherwise, EFTE-2 is the same as the previous camera. This is a 9×12 plate camera with a single bellows extension. The camera was equipped with a Periscope 1: 12/150 lens and with the GOMZ Soviet shutter. Thus, the EFTE-2 Camera is the first Soviet camera to be fully assembled in the USSR from its own components.

large format Soviet camera
EFTE 2 Soviet camera

EFTE-2 is one of the first Soviet cameras. It is very difficult to find a camera in good condition and at a good price. But if you manage to find one, you will get a lot of fun from using such a Soviet dinosaur from the beginning of the 20th century.

After the production of EFTE cameras ceased, the production of large-format ARFO cameras began.

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