Smena-8 is a simple Soviet camera manufactured by the LOMO association from 1963 to 1971. This camera was the forerunner of the legendary Smena-8m.


“If you want to purchase an inexpensive modern small-format camera, then Smena-8 fully meets these requirements”

Smena-8 is one of many cameras called Smena, which has few differences from previous and subsequent models. In this article we will talk about all the differences, advantages and disadvantages of this simple Soviet camera.

Smena-8 Specifications

  • Type: 35mm scale focus camera
  • Manufacturer: LOMO plant
  • Production period: from 1963 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: mechanical self-timer
  • Weight: 300 grams
smena-8 photographs

This camera was an improved version of the earlier Smenas of the sixth and seventh models. One of the main advantages of the Smena-8 from previous models is the ability to rewind the film, which was a pretty useful feature.

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soviet smena-8 camera

Since the camera was supplied in large quantities outside the borders of the Soviet Union, you can now meet a variety of Globals or Cosmos, which essentially are the same Semanas.

Since the beginning of 1969, a simplified version of the Smena was produced and called Smena-9. The camera differed from the eighth version by the lack of a self-timer. In the early seventies, the legendary Smena-8m replaced Smena-8.

The Smena-8 camera was equipped with a T-43 4/40 triplet lens. Recall that this is a copy of the original Cooke triplet, which was patented in 1894 by Harold Taylor. Focusing is done using the distance scale. But focusing can be simplified with an optional rangefinder that can be mounted on a cold shoe.

Smena-8 camera
Smena-8 ussr

Also, the camera was equipped with a central shutter with shutter speeds of 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and B. In addition, the camera has a flash sync port. Shutter speeds, of course, are few, but considering the price, this is a pretty good set.

Smena-8 soviet camera
smena camera


Smena-8 is a good camera, although it looks more like a toy. The camera is equipped with a beautiful lens that gives very interesting photos with a cool vintage effect.


smena-8 photos
Triplet T-43 4/40, Kodak Gold 200
Soviet camera photos
Triplet T-43 4/40, Svema Foto 64
Soviet film camera photos
Triplet T-43 4/40, Svema Foto 64
Smena-8 photo examples
Triplet T-43 4/40, Svema Foto 64
Smena-8 photos
Triplet T-43 4/40, Svema Foto 64

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