The Soviet Tourist camera was produced at the GOMZ factory from 1934 to 1941. Tourist is a medium format plate camera that used plates of 6.5×9 or 6×9 cm. The device has a plastic body with a retractable front plate and folding bellows.
The lens Industar-7 (3.5/10.5) is a fast four-lens anastigmat with a movable front lens. Focusing occurred by the ground glass located in the rear of the camera body. The focus limit is from 1.5 m to infinity. The camera had a frame and optical viewfinders.
But the problem is that the lens is quite dark, and it is not very convenient to focus using frosted glass. Nevertheless, it is much easier than using the distance scale to focus.
The camera uses a central inter-lens shutter without preliminary cocking of the shutter GOMZ, with speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, “K” and “Д”. The range of shutter speeds was criticized by users of those years. The lack of short shutter speeds did not make it possible to realize the potential of a fast lens.
Compared with Fotokor, the Tourist was more compact, the bakelite body was more reliable, the accessory cassette was easier to remove and insert. The camera itself folded and unfolded much faster. The drawback of the Tourist (or Turist) is paper a sliding bellows, it was not reliable enough, but in skillful hands, it could be redone on fabric to eliminate this drawback.
The Tourist camera is optimized both for horizontal and vertical orientation of the frame. It even has two tripod sockets.
It is inconvenient to hold the Tourist in hands, the camera was clearly designed for shooting by using a tripod.
This camera was one of the first medium format cameras in the USSR. This is a very unusual camera, which for many is more of a collection interest. But we are sure that even with this camera it is possible to shoot amazing shots. But one way or another, if you want to start taking pictures on a medium format 6×9 film, then it is best to use cameras from the Moskva family.