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.
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.
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.