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Aidas Pikiotas
AidasCams

Lithuania
973 Posts
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Posted - Sep 14 2009 :  08:21:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit AidasCams's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi,

Indeed, today is great day for all Smena camera collectors! Happy to show you alive (...and in working condition either) example of mysterious Smena-18 camera! The particular camera was made in 1984 ...

My special thanks to respectable member of our Forums for invaluable help in obtaining this!


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/1492009_DSC03183_rsz.JPG


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/1492009_DSC03188_rsz.JPG


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/1492009_DSC03195_rsz.JPG

Best Regards,
Aidas

Edited by - AidasCams on Sep 15 2009 01:19:09 AM

Juhani Halmeenmaki
cedricfan
Finland
1017 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Sep 14 2009 :  2:04:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit cedricfan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Congratulations my friend! So this myth is busted: it does exist and it is a LOMO like the low quality scans so far have shown. Also proof that last pieces of many puzzles still show up with time and patience :)

Best regards,
Juhani
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
USA
4248 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Sep 14 2009 :  4:40:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote


BRAVO!! WOW! This is an amazing discovery! This creates another mystery: what came first - LC-A or Smena-18? Was Smena-18 created when LOMO was having difficulties making LC-A from Cosina or was this created as a cheaper alternative to LC-A with all-manual operation?

Great, great, great find Aidas, this really made my day this morning..

Cheers,
Vlad
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Aidas Pikiotas
AidasCams
Lithuania
973 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Sep 15 2009 :  01:09:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit AidasCams's Homepage  Reply with Quote
To Juhani,

Thanks a lot! Still a lot of puzzles about Smena numbers indeed ... Who can tell us more about Smena-15, Smena-16 and Smena-17? And were is Smena-10 right now?

To Vlad,

Thanks a lot! Your both versions are possible, but cheap alternative sounds better for myself ...

Best Regards,
Aidas
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David Tomlinson
RCCCUK
United Kingdom
208 Posts
Posted - Sep 15 2009 :  02:52:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Aidas,

There are few things more exiting to a camera collector than the discovery of an unseen model. Many thanks for sharing this with us. We are now all searching for a Smena-18 to add to our collections.


David

(http://www.rcccuk.com)
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BERRY alain
mermoz37
France
814 Posts
Posted - Sep 15 2009 :  03:49:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aidas : very efficient hunter ! congratulations
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Luiz Paracampo
Luiz Paracampo
Brazil
1995 Posts
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Posted - Sep 15 2009 :  09:25:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luiz Paracampo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I knew about existance of this camera. It was created immediatly after LOMO Kompakt and was a proposed cheaper alternative. It was announced at Sovetskoe Foto and in the Technointorg Bolletin. It has the same body and shutter, no more battery operated but the single dial operates the speed and aperture concomitantly.
Unhappyly, the production was voided due the "much more status" of the LOMO LCA. Note: the original plastic shoe cover was black. the red ones only came in 1990.
LP
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Aidas Pikiotas
AidasCams
Lithuania
973 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Sep 16 2009 :  3:54:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit AidasCams's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi,

although Alain is calling me as a stony-faced hunter for soviet rarities again, the most important thing for me is to know the whole story about Smena evolution c. 1952... The fortune was friendly to me this time, thoug I don't care which collector of us do possess a particular camera indeed ...

The most important thing for me is, that many very serious camera collectors like Alain, Viktor, Juhani, David, Alexey and Vlad, etc... like to collect these cheap, but pretty cameras, ... that's great!

Best Regards,
Aidas
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Bill Parkinson
nightphoto
USA
1027 Posts
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Posted - Sep 17 2009 :  6:23:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit nightphoto's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Congratulations Aidas!
A very nice camera to find. Very nice that it came to you as your web site is the best!

Regards, Bill

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BERRY alain
mermoz37
France
814 Posts
Posted - Sep 18 2009 :  03:35:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hi ""stony face hunter""....
if you see another example of such camera in the future .....please tell us...mau be you will attend a hard entertainment on the forum
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Luiz Paracampo
Luiz Paracampo
Brazil
1995 Posts
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Posted - Sep 20 2009 :  12:50:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luiz Paracampo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Aidas
Of course this extra rare camera deserves a place in our wiki catalogue.
Regards
LP
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Aidas Pikiotas
AidasCams
Lithuania
973 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Sep 22 2009 :  08:55:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit AidasCams's Homepage  Reply with Quote
To Bill, Alain, David and Luiz,

Thank you for your kind words! I have had a chance to buy NEVA just few days ago, but it was soooooooooooo expensive and ... I said NO unfortunately

Best Regards,
Aidas
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Jacques M.
France
2597 Posts
Posted - Sep 22 2009 :  09:26:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hi Aidas!
I am far from being a specialist of Lomos or Smenas.
But I know what excitement we can feel to discover something new, especially when it is a piece of a puzzle.
So, happy for you and congratulations!

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Detlev Vreisleben
Detlev
Germany
109 Posts
Posted - Oct 10 2009 :  06:44:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Aidas,

I found a Smena 19, here it is : http://molotok.ru/item774637452_fotoapparat_smena_19.html

Detlev


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/10102009_Smena19.jpg


Edited by - Detlev on Oct 10 2009 07:34:49 AM
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
USA
4248 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Oct 10 2009 :  10:23:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Detlev,

yes Smena-19 is not very rare, it's uncommon but you can probably always find one or two listed on Molotok...

Cheers,
Vlad
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Aidas Pikiotas
AidasCams
Lithuania
973 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Oct 10 2009 :  11:45:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit AidasCams's Homepage  Reply with Quote
hi Detlev,

thanks a lot for your help! I'm proud owner of 2 beautiful Smena-19 cameras already and I'm looking for 3 more versions right now ...

Best Regards,
Aidas
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Juhani Halmeenmaki
cedricfan
Finland
1017 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Oct 11 2009 :  02:36:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit cedricfan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have only two versions so far

Best regards,
Juhani
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