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Komsomolets

Komsomolets

In 1946, the State Optical and Mechanical Plant (GOMZ) began to mass-produce a new inexpensive camera called Komsomolets.

It was already a film camera with rather serious characteristics. The Komsomolets camera was developed on the basis of the design of the German Voigtländer Brillant pseudo-twin-lens 1930s camera.

Komsomolets twin lens camera
Komsomolets tlr camera

This camera, like the original Voigtländer Brillant, is a pseudo TLR because a ground glass is not used in the viewfinder. Focusing was done exclusively using the distance scale. The upper lens was used only for sighting, and shooting was performed through the lower non-removable lens T-21 6.3/8. The focusing range was from 1.5 m to infinity.

The camera was equipped with a central shutter with speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and B. The frame size was standard for this type of camera and was 6×6 cm.

Throughout the entire production of the camera, a number of minor changes have been made to the design and functionality. For example, the first issues had a frame counter with blocking the movement of the film by one frame.

soviet twin lens camera
komsomolets soviet twin lens camera

To control frame rewind, a small round window with red glass was made on the back panel. In some models, excessive light can leak through this window, and therefore it is advised to seal this window with black electrical tape. In our copies, such a problem was not observed.

So what can be said about this camera? This is a very well made camera, which is not at all a toy. It is equipped with a fairly good Triplet lens, which gives a beautiful classic photos. Materials at a decent level, especially for the Soviet Union. Ease of use is also at a good level. But here we must thank the Germans who created the original camera.

Voigtländer Brillant
soviet medium format camera

In general, if you want to get a wonderful twin-lens camera and take medium-format photos while spending a small amount of money, then Komsomolets will be the perfect solution for you.

Komsomolets tlr photo
Komsomolets, Triplet T-21 6.3/80, Fomapan 100
Komsomolets, Triplet T-21 6.3 80, Fomapan 100
Komsomolets, Triplet T-21 6.3 80, Fomapan 100
Komsomolets camera photos
Komsomolets, Triplet T-21 6.3/80, Fomapan 100
Komsomolets, Triplet T-21 6.3/80, Fomapan 100

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