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Sputnik

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The Soviet Union created a huge number of strangest cameras, and one of them is the Sputnik. The Sputnik is a stereo camera that was produced t LOMO from 1955 to 1973.

In fact, it was a TLR camera with two shooting lenses. More precisely, it was a redesigned Lubitel TLR. This camera took two photos at a time. If you look at these photos through a stereoscope, you can see the effect of a three-dimensional image.

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The camera is designed for amateur and professional stereoscopic photography on black-and-white and color 120 film. Like the original Lubitel, this camera has a frame size of 6x6cm. And just like the original TLR, the Sputnik camera was made of fairly high-quality plastic.

The camera is equipped with two fixed Triplet T-22 4.5/75 lenses. Focusing was carried out using the lens, which is located between these two shooting lenses and has an aperture of 2.8.

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Just like in the Lubitel, the Sputnik has a waist-level viewfinder. Focusing is done using a small round ground glass in the center of the viewfinder.

When focusing, you need to understand that the lens for sighting and the lenses for the shooting is not the same thing, which means there is a slight parallax.

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The Sputnik camera first had shutter speeds of 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, then 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and the latest models also had a B shutter speed. For a stereo camera, this is a pretty good set of shutter speeds.

The device is equipped with a self-timer, which means that you can take three-dimensional selfies.

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You can view photos only through a special device, which means that in addition to the Sputnik itself, you will need to purchase a stereoscope.

From the side, the camera looks very strange, so if you want to stand out strongly among other photographers on the street, this camera is made specifically for you. Maybe people will not even understand that this is a camera.

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