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 above.


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

EFTE-2 Specifications

  • Type: 9×12 folding camera
  • Manufacturer: Foto-Trud
  • Production period: from 1931 to 1932
  • Format: 9×12
  • Lens mount: fixed lens
  • Lens: Periscope f12/150
  • Shutter: leaf shutter with speeds of 1/25, 1/50 and 1/100 sec. plus B and T
  • Viewfinder: ground glass
  • Lighmeter: none
  • Flash synchronisation: none
  • Selftimer: none
  • Weight: 1140 grams
EFTE-2 ussr camera
ussr large format cameras made in soviet union

Since 1931, a Soviet shutter called “EFTE” has been installed on the “EFTE” cameras and the camera is called “EFTE-2” (the first serial camera made entirely from Soviet components). The first releases of EFTE-1 cameras were supplied with imported lenses – Kenngott-Anastigmat 6.3/135 or Radionar Anastigmat 6.3/135 and imported leaf shutters “Vario” with shutter speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 sec. “B” and “T”.

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 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.

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

Like the first model, this camera has a flip-up viewfinder, also called a “sports viewfinder”. Such a viewfinder helped to take a shoot faster without using ground glass.

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

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