Description and some notes of cameras used by Analog Affairs members.
“Smena 8 is a viewfinder 35mm film camera made by GOMZ, LOOMP and LOMO and produced between 1963-71. Doubtless one of the most popular Smena cameras. Smena-8 was the camera USSR tried to enter the international market.”
“Smena 8, bought in 2009, was my first analog camera since the childhood. Pros: real Soviet feeling. Nuclear war resistant. Amazing exposure and aperture calculations (instructions here). Cons: The crappy plastic body allows light to pass through and makes some yellow and orange stripes to my photos.”
“Smena Symbol is a viewfinder 35mm film camera made by LOMO and produced between 1970-93. Smena means Young Generation or Relay. There are 8 types and 3 sub-types of the Smena-Symbol. Export types were named as Revue 135 Symbol, Panorama, and Cosmic Symbol.”
“I bought this Smena Symbol, made in 1979, from the flea market for 3 €. I immediately renamed it Pjotr. What made me buy the camera was the way you set it by choosing the weather and the distance, so an idiot like me could easily use it. Pjotr is useless if it isn’t sunny and preferably summer, but it’s my first old camera and I love it!”
“The Praktica MTL 3 is an East German SLR made by Pentacon, using the 42mm screw mount. It was produced in high numbers between 1978 and 1984. It is said to be based on the LTL 3. It’s a solidly made camera with some rather crude and some advanced features. ”
“This camera is a souvenier from Hungary. The first film spool is still at development. I like this camera and it’s working fine but the lens shutter is stuck so i take pictures only by a large aperture. ”
“Back in the 1960’s, a small firm in Hong Kong – the Great Wall Plastics Factory – created a dirt-cheap 120 camera called the “Diana.” Crafted entirely of plastic, each camera cost about a dollar. As a mainstream product, the Diana was pretty much a failure – and was discontinued in the 1970’s. But like any superstar cut down in their prime, the Diana’s posthumous appeal skyrocketed. As a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi photographers, it was a rousing success!
The delightful Diana Mini is reminiscent of her big sister with the renowned classic beauty of the retro Diana F+. However, it would be a mistake not to see the “Mini” as a unique individual. It’s packing a revolutionary come back in analogue photography! In an instant you can choose between the legendary Half-Frame format or switch to the very rare format: square on 35mm!”
” I bought my Diana Mini from eBay in 2009. After the total failure of first film I noticed it is purposed only to use on sunny days with lot of light. Today Diana is one of my favorite film cameras because the light weight and small size. The only annoying issue is the unreliable film winding (it stuck approximately with every second roll).”
“The Actionsampler sold by the Lomography Society International has four lenses instead of one. Inside the plastic body, a few springs turn a full circle when the shutter release button is pressed. It uses standard 35mm film. The total exposure takes 1 second, with each lens being opened for just a quarter of that time. The result is four frames on the same negative.”
“I bought the Lomography Actionsampler from a museum shop in Helsinki in 2010. It looked like a toy, it had four lenses and the viewfinder was two square-shaped pieces of plastic you fold up if you want to use it. It doesn’t have a flash, so it’s mostly a summer camera.”
“Zenit ET is a 35mm film SLR camera manufactured by Vileiskiy Zavod Zenit, near Minsk, former USSR, produced between 1982-1993 with quantity 3.000.000. Зенит = Zenit means Zenith that is the point in the sky that appears directly above the observer in astronomy or may mean the highest point. Zenit ET belongs to the long running series of Zenit cameras. Small numbers of early Zenits was produced by KMZ, in 1981-82.”
“I bought this camera from a flea market. It is my first analog camera since I started taking digital photos. It’s made in 1991, so it is rather young piece. It is not so heavy as the older one’s. Zenit has an exposure meter which only works occasionally (needle is stuck). Film has got stuck twice so I haven’t been using this camera very often.”
“The Nikon F2 is a professional level, interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. It was manufactured by the Japanese optics company Nippon Kogaku K. K. (Nikon Corporation since 1988) in Japan from September 1971 to June 1980.”
“This is actually my only real pro film camera. I just bought it from eBay and have unfortunaly no photoshooting experience yet (because camera with no flash is quite useless in dark winter season in Finland). At least the mechanic quality is exceptional hardcore.”
“This camera, made by Lomography, has an fisheye lens. It is fun to use and the fotos can be fun.”
“Pingo is a penguin-shaped 35 mm camera. It has fixed focus and no exposure adjustments. It was made for sale as part of a package with confectionery made in Denmark by Pingvin Lakrids (part of the Toms Confectionery Group) and often sold in airport duty-free shops. The camera’s back bears the inscription “Pingvin made by NICKNAME”, and was very probably made specially for Pingvin by the Danish merchandising company Nickname A/S.”
“I was not able to resist the enticement when I saw this camera for sale (especially because it cost only 2 euros). Pros: No one can’t be without smiling when taking photos. Cons: The back cover opens easily by mistake.”
“I used to play with this empty box camera as a child at my grandpartents house – only understanding about 20 years later its capabilities as a real film camera when I found it again on my parents house in 2009. The Camera Site says that this camera has been made as a special gift for loyal customers of Helios. My side of the story is different: the camera has been given as a gift or reward to my grandfather when he worked as a foreman on Rautaruukki mine in Otanmäki.
The site also said, that the camera with the old fashioned look and simple functions must have been quite retro in 1960 when it had been made, but I think it may have been a greatly valued camera in the small village where my grandfather lived.”
Holga is a medium format 120 film camera, made in Hong Kong, known for its low-fidelity aesthetic. It was designed by T. M. Lee in 1981. At the time, 120 roll film in black-and-white was the most widely available film in mainland China. The Holga was intended to provide an inexpensive mass-market camera for working-class Chinese in order to record family portraits and events.
The Holga’s low-cost construction and simple meniscus lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light leaks, and other distortions. The camera’s limitations have brought it a cult following among some photographers, and Holga photos have won awards and competitions in art and news photography.