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I am an Soviet and Russian camera collector residing in State of Illinois, USA. I have only somewhat recently started collecting (since May 2007) these fine examples of Soviet and Russian mechanical engineering and design that until late 80s have been closed off to the rest of the world. Now that these cameras have come to light, I want to share them with all of you. Recently I have decided to start cataloging Soviet and Russian cameras online, thus the USSRPhoto.com project was born, which is a Wiki catalog of Russian and Soviet cameras.
Vlad's Soviet/Russian Photographic Equipment Collection
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Moment camera is the first Soviet camera of the Polaroid type. Produced in the series of 1952-1954, this camera can hardly be found in full set. The camera was produced with the main aim to implement the idea of Polaroid 95 within the USSR and to give Soviet people the chance to appreciate that technical paragon of the time. “Moment” is a wonderful camera designed according to brilliant know-how of precise optical equipment. However, the reliability of its construction and excellent performance characteristics were not enough for the camera to overcome all troubles on the way to the customer and to enjoy vast popularity with the public. The reason is simple: miserable quality of Soviet photographic “Polaroid” film, its skyrocketing prices and general shortage didn’t allow the post-war society grasp the advantages of the camera. When it became clear that common people can’t let themselves pay a lump sum for some unproved film, Soviet leaders decided to direct the whole series of “Moment” cameras to photographic studios. Yet, even there the notorious low quality of the film and numerous problems during its processing made photographers switch to traditional cameras, like FKD. The major part of “Moment” cameras were returned to the factories, others were destroyed by the time or people. The camera left behind its time.
Producer: GOMZ (Lomo).
Frame size: 80x105.
Lens: T-26 6.3/13 cm.
Shutter: 1/10s, 1/25s, 1/50s, 1/100s, 1/200s + B.
Quantity: ± 9.000 units. (sovietcams.com)