Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-16
Made between 1981 to 1990 by KMZ/BeLomo in Ukraine which was part of USSR.
Lens mount: M42
Shutter: 1/500s to 1/30s + B
Light meter: Uncoupled external selenium meter mounted above the lens mount (ISO 16 - 500)
Flash: Hot shoe + PC sync connection (sync 1/30 sec)
Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.
Not the biggest or brightest but still works good and the focus aid is easy to read out.
Horizontal traveling cloth curtain.
It's a tank and are very well put together.
Look, feel and sound:
Love the look and the overall feel is good but a little clunky which I find suitable to this.
Shutter and mirror sounds are not to bad.
The external uncoupled light meter makes things a bit trickier compared to more modern SLR's.
It's mostly just suited in daylight and a normal lit room is usually to dark for a reading.
But on the other hand you usually need a flash indoors.
Also the lack of longer shutter speed makes this cameras use a bit limiting.
For those that more or less only use it handheld still have what cover most use.
Is also have the B setting so long exposures are also possible
Another thing is the use of the self-timer which work similar to most.
But this camera can only stop down a lens if you half-press the shutter button.
So the only way to stop down the lens when you use the self-timer is if the lens have a manual aperture option.
Not exactly a camera for everyone but a lovely one for those that like this older type of SLR.
Can also be a great camera for those that wants to learn camera basics.
One can learn a lot when everything is uncoupled and you are more or less forced to do everything step by step.
Great build quality
No battery required at all
Lack of long shutter speeds
Slow flash sync (1/30s)
Camera can't stop down a auto aperture only lens with the self-timer
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