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Misc SLR Cameras


These three SLRs really do not fit in anywhere else.

Sport(a)


This is the first 35mm single lens reflex ever put into production. The lens is just used for focusing and final composition uses the built in viewfinder. The view through the camera is quite dark and needed a bright day to function well. When viewed from the front this camera appears to be a rectangular black box with a lens in the middle with a square black box on top. On closer examination the top box has a silver knob sticking out of the top left side and a viewfinder window in the upper right corner and a cylinder on top. From the top there is a round focusing window centered over the lens and a shoulder strap lug on both sides with the one over the knob having the indicator integral to it. The knob is multipurpose, it sets the shutter speeds, advances the film and cocks the shutter and is the frame indicator. The shutter has speeds of B,500,200,100,50 and 25. From the front the top box has a viewfinder in the upper right corner that is in a raised area with three screws showing. Directly behind it, on the rear of the camera there is a round viewing window. Centered on the front is the word "SPORT" in Cyrillic block letters. In the lower left corner of the upper area is the symbol for the GOMZ factory. On the lower area directly the GOMZ symbol is a shutter release that takes an external bell type cable release. The lens has an infinity lock and is removable, however there is no indication that any interchangeable lenses were ever made. The lens has f-stops of 3.5,4,5.6,8,11,16 and 22. The bottom and back remove as a unit wrapping all the way around to be parallel with the upper box when removed. The back has a red window with a cover assembly on the lower left corner. This camera uses removable film spools and would have to be loaded in the dark. There is a release in the center of the bottom to unlock the back. This camera is extremely rare. The finish of this camera is shiny black lacquer and fine gained leather.




FED 3 Manual

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size:
Dimensions:
height:
width:
depth:
weight:
Normal lens:
Lens Mount: Sport bayonet
Typical serial no:

Sport(b)


This is the second model Sport and most commonly encountered. It is easy to tell from the first model. The upper box has a crinkle finish, there is no raised area around the viewfinder and the GOMZ symbol is in a round piece of glass in the upper left corner. There are several other changes. There are now 2 screw heads above the lens mount,there is a chromed frame around the top which is leather covered and there are no strap lugs. The shutter release is threaded to take an internal cable release.The bottom and film chamber have changed in shape, there is no window on the back and film must be loaded into special cassettes. This camera has a brown eveready leather case with no markings.


FED 3 Manual

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 10.3cm
width: 13.3cm
depth: 7.3cm
Weight:
Normal lens: Industar10 5cm/3.5
Lens Mount: sport bayonet
Typical serial no: 774

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Almaz


This camera was a Soviet attempt to manufacture a "System Camera. The camera resembles the Nikon F2 more than any other western camera. It has interchangeable prisms, the 103 without a meter and the 102 with a meter. The camera is finished totally in black as was the fashion for "professional" cameras. The rear of the camera is hinged and has a frame for the end of the film box and the LOMO symbol in white..There is also a small silver button on the rear that releases the focusing screen for removal, again like Nikon. The prisms have a button on the front and a lever on the rear to release them. There are shoulder strap lugs on each side of the body. The rewind crank has slots under it to attach an accessory shoe with a built in hot shoe. The hot shoe attaches to the flash jacks, on the front of the camera, by a short cable. Under the slots is a film speed dial that is freed to turn by depressing a small black button between it and the prism. The shutter is a Vertically traveling metal leaf shutter. The shutter speed dial is on the same side as the rapid wind lever and the shutter release. The shutter has speeds of 1000,500,250,125,60,30,15,8,4,2,1 and B. The shutter speed dial is immediately next to the prism and when the 102 metering prism is attached it covers the knob and replaces it with one on the prism. Under the shutter speed dial is a lever with a plastic knob. Its' function is unknown but it is released to move to either position by a small black button next to it. The shutter release is threaded for a cable release. On the front of the camera are a self timer lever with the release in the center, an aperture preview button and the lens release. The bottom of the camera has contacts,an indexing pin socket and a film advance coupling for a motor drive. It also has a one quarter inch tripod socket and the film rewind button. The everready case for this camera is made of soft black leather and has two snaps. It has no straps or lugs and any shoulder strap must be attached to the camera.


FED 3 Manual

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 10.0cm
width: 16.4cm
depth: 9.3cm
Weight:
Normal lens: MC Volna 50/1.8
Lens Mount: Pentax K
Typical serial no: 8501604

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Start


The Start is a very well made and interesting Single Lens Reflex camera manufactured by KMZ. It has a Chrome and black body covered with black nylon fabric. There is a removable back with a film pressure plate made of black glass.The shutter is made of cloth and travels horizontally. The shutter has speeds of B,1000,500,250,60,15,8,4,2,1 and 30 and has flash synchronization for bulbs and electronic flash. There are two receptacles for flash on the left front of the camera. On the left front of the camera is a self timer. The rewind knob has a film reminder on the top. The rapid advance lever has the film counter on top , is tipped with a small knob. The viewfinder has a dual prism rangefinder in the central focusing area and a removable pentaprism. On the back of the camera is a small round button for the pentaprism lock. There was also a waist level finder available as an option. The Start has a unique breech-locking bayonet for a lens mount. Only the Helios-44 58mm f2 was made in this mount. This lens is unique in that it has an extension of the shutter release built in to provide f-stop automation. There was an adapter ring available to adapt m39 lenses to this camera but no dedicated lenses. The Start was meant use either of two film transport schemes. The film was to be used in the normal manner from cassette to spool and rewind or to transport film from cassette to cassette. The cassette to cassette system required that a mechanism to open the cassettes be built into the back latches and a film knife was also built into the camera. When the rewind button is depressed and the film advance is used in this mode the film is advanced but the shutter is not cocked. This allows the film to be wound into the cassette after use of the film knife. There are several minor variations as follows: 1. No penta-prism lock on the back of the camera. 2. Stamped metal film advance lever with a large flat area on the end. 3. Rewind knob and film advance with clear plastic covers. 4. English engraving is very uncommon. The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of reddish brown leather with Start (in Cyrillic script ) embossed inside of an oval on the lens cover.


FED 3 Manual

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24X36mm
Dimensions:
height: 9.8cm
width: 14.8cm
depth: 10.5cm
Weight:
Normal lens: Helios-44
Lens Mount: Start Bayonet
Typical serial no: 6210016

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