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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 project was born, which is a Wiki catalog of Russian and Soviet cameras.
Vlad's Soviet/Russian Photographic Equipment Collection

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Wiki Catalog Entry
Shkolnik is an original box-type soviet camera, it uses 120 film, frame size - 6x6. Its telescopic viewfinder has a magnification of .45x and its elements are made of plastic. The two element glass lens has a focal length of 75mm and is fixed focus; all objects from 3.5 meters to infinity come out sharp [2].
Two variants were made, the second had a shutter speed of 1/125 and a metal (chrome) ring around the shutter housing.

Produced: 1962-1969
Name: „Школник“
Producer: MMZ
Frame size: 6x6 cm.
Lens: Triplet 8/75.
Shutter: 1/60 + B.

Quantity: ± 550.000 units. (

Even though there were 550,000 units manufactured, this camera was made for children, so many of these were broken or lost, and it is a current belief that only a handful of them have survived over the years, making this camera extremely hard to find nowdays.
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