Smena-7 is a simple Soviet scale focus camera produced by LOMO from 1961 to 1971.


Smena-7 was planned as a more sophisticated and improved version of Smena-6. But due to technical difficulties, as a result, this camera has become on the contrary a more simplified version of Smena-6. But in fact, the only difference from the sixth model was the lack of the self-timer.

Smena-7 Specifications

  • Type: 35mm scale focus camera
  • Manufacturer: LOMO plant
  • Production period: from 1961 to 1971
  • Format: 24x36cm on 135 film
  • Lens mount: fixed lens
  • Lens: Triplet T-43 4.0/40
  • Shutter: leaf shutter with speeds from 1/15 to 1/250 sec.
  • Viewfinder: optical vewfinder
  • Lighmeter: none
  • Selftimer: none
  • Weight: 300 grams
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Smena-7 ussr camera

The camera was produced from 1961 to 1971 and was equipped with a Triplet T-43 4/40 lens. Like other developments in the field of photography, this lens was not an original invention of Soviet engineers. All triplets made in the USSR were copies of the original Cooke triplet lens.

Also, the camera was equipped with a leaf shutter with shutter speeds of 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and B. In addition, the camera is equipped with a flash sync port.

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Focusing is done using the distance scale. But just like in all cameras of this type, you can focus using the optional removable rangefinder, which is mounted on a cold shoe.

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The camera has exactly the same plastic body as in the fifth and sixth models. All controls are located around the lens in the same way as in all previous and next models.

The back panel is completely removable, unlike Smena-8m, where the back cover opens like a door. The camera does not provide for rewinding, and the exposed film is fed into the take-up spool.

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ussr smena-7 camera

On the top of the camera is a frame counter, which has ceased to be as stylish as on the very first models of Smena cameras. Next to it is the shutter button, which moved here from the lens. This button has a slot for a shutter release cable.

In its form and functionality, the lens is very similar to the lenses of classic large-format cameras, or Lubitel cameras. It gives an experience reminiscent of shooting with these very old cameras.

Smena-7 was produced in several versions. The differences were in the colors and a label with the name of the camera.


In general, Smena-7 is a fairly good Soviet camera, but it is practically no different from all other cameras of this brand. With this camera you can shoot wonderful shots, despite the fact that the camera is cheaper than lunch in a cafe.


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