Smena-2 is a Soviet camera that was produced at the LOMO factory from 1955 to 1962. This camera is a modification of the first Smena.
The main difference between Smena-2 and the very first model is the presence of a self-timer and flash synchronization. In fact, the first and second Smenas were produced approximately simultaneously.
- Type: 35mm viewfinder camera
- Manufacturer: GOMZ plant
- Production period: from 1955 to 1962
- Format: 24x36cm on 135 film
- Lens mount: fixed lens
- Lens: T-22 f4.0/40
- Shutter: leaf shutter with speeds from 1/10 to 1/200 sec.
- Viewfinder: optical viewfinder
- Lighmeter: none
- Flash synchronisation: sync socket “X”,
- Selftimer: mechanical
- Weight: 290 grams
Smena-2 (like the first Smena camera) was equipped with a non-removable T-22 4.5/40 triplet lens. Most of these lenses have a single-layer coating. Also, the camera was equipped with a central shutter with speeds of 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, and B.
Now the 4.5 aperture may seem too slow, but in the 50s it was quite a normal aperture value. Considering that high-sensitivity films were rare in those years, you can imagine how difficult it was to shoot with this camera in low light.
Like all Smena and Lubitel cameras, this model is made of bakelite. There is no rewinding of the film, the exposed film is fed into an empty cassette. Since the camera does not have a mirror system or rangefinder, focusing is done using the distance scale. As with all similar cameras manufactured by LOMO, all camera controls are located around the lens.
Although the body of this camera is made of Bakelite, the lens is made of metal and glass. Working with this camera, you do not get the impression that you are shooting with some kind of toy camera. This camera, unlike the point-and-shoot cameras from the 80s and 90s, is, though simple, but quite a real camera.
So what exactly is the Smena-2 camera? This is actually a great example of the Soviet industry. The camera was very simple and affordable (even by Soviet standards). Many photographers in the Soviet Union began to engage in photography with Smena cameras.
This little soviet camera is almost no different from the first model, as well as subsequent models did not differ much from Smena-2. If you are looking for a super simple camera, which at the same time gives an excellent result and an unusual experience, then this soviet camera will be perfect for you.
With this lovely little camera, you can create a very interesting effect of those very classic photos from the beginning of the 20th century on your photos. This is facilitated primarily by the triplet lens, the optical design of which was one of the most popular in those years.