This is a very interesting camera as it is in effect the first
miniature 16mm Single lens reflex. The narciss looks like a 35mm SLR that has
been shrunk. This camera was produced from 1961 to 1965. 70% of the cameras
were produced in 1964 so this is the most common year by far. The earliest
cameras had a plate on the rear with the warning engraved on it.
It has an unusual interchangeable prism that is short and just
barely protrudes above the body. It appears that the waist level finder was
never produced. The front of the camera has a lacquer and fabric covered bottom
and a chromed top. The top is engraved directly over the lens with Narciss, in
either Cyrillic or English and red filled. The right side of the top deck has
the rapid wind lever. This lever appears to be ratcheted but must travel
through the full stroke to advance the film and cock the shutter. below the
advance lever is a dial to set the frame number in the window just forward of
it. The shutter speed must be set after the camera is cocked and has speeds of
B,500,250,125,60,15,8,4,2 and 30. On the front of the top deck centered between
the shutter dial and the wind lever is the threaded shutter release. On the
left side of the top deck is the rewind knob with a film reminder and 2 flash
sockets for bulbs and electronic flash. The camera has a removable back and
bottom with the rewind button on the bottom.
The variations are as follows: 1.Cyrillic engraving. 2.English
engraving. 3.Cream white finish instead of black. These cameras are not common
with the black being the most common and the cream camera with English
engraving being very rare. The interchangeable lenses for this camera are
These cameras were originally packaged with case, film cassettes
and a developing spool. The package also included a special lens adapter that
functioned as an extension tube or to adapt m42 lenses for use on the Narciss.
The eveready case for this camera has one snap and is made of
brown leather with Narciss (in Cyrillic script) embossed on the top cover.
There is a chrome trim strip around the bottom of the case and chrome trim at
each strap attachment point.
There was a special medical Kit. The kit was a cream colored
plywood box with a medical Narciss and an adapter to a microscope or endoscope.
Do not change the speeds on this camera unless the shutter is cocked!