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It's interesting to mention, that two different T-22 lenses have entered the market in 1949. T-22 6.3/75 mm was intended to replace an old T-21 6.3/80 on Komsomolets camera, and more advanced T-22 4.5/75 mm was calculated for newcomer -  "Lubitel" camera.  The particular brand was the first real soviet TLR camera indeed, since old Komsomolets had no possibility to measure the distance through the lens yet.
 
Opposite you can see one of the very few T-22 4.5/75 mm specimens for LUBITEL camera.

 

Specimen of T-22 lens  #490005.

 

  


 

 

 

Produced: 1949-1956
Name: „Любитель“
Producer: GOMZ
Lens: Triplet-22   4.5/75
Shutter ZT-5: 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200 + B.

Quantity:    1.361.110 units.
                  (1.334.600 units [4]).

 

PK1210 - Lubitel  #498278.

 



 

 

 

1st version (early)

 

 

 

 

PK1205. Lubitel is the 1st soviet TLR camera, since old Komsomolets had no possibility to measure the distance through the lens yet. An earliest so far known version was announced in soviet press. The particular type has "Leningrad" markings underneath the shutter. Lens markings on the internal black disk. The Lubitel has small magnifier inside the waist finder already (see picture below). It's quite easy to recognize early Lubitel cameras, since they have magnifier's fixing marks on the top plate (see picture opposite, above the Gomz logotype). An earliest so far known camera has s/n #491189 (Molotok, 2010).



 



Magnifier on earliest Lubitel camera.

 

PK1205 - Lubitel  #490001 (doc. Sovetskoe Foto).

 

  

PK1210. Very uncommon early version with lens markings on the internal black disk again. No more "Leningrad" markings on the front plate, though marking's frame is still visible on body. Magnifier's fixing marks on the top plate again.  Non-removable side-plate. Filter's compartment is bigger size yet (see picture below). An earliest so far known camera has s/n #490400 (A.Nikitin coll.). Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection.

 

Filter's compartment inside the body.

 

PK1210 - Lubitel  #498278.

 

  

 

PK1210 - Lubitel manual guide.

 

  

PK1215. One more type with "Leningrad" markings again (see picture below). Lens markings on the external white disk already. Date prefix in serial number. Non-removable side-plate. Magnifier's fixing marks on the top plate yet. 


 


PK1220. Camera identical to PK1215, but with removable side-plate as on early Komsomolets cameras (6 screws on the side-plate). An earliest so far known camera has s/n #492682 (V.Šlepavičius coll.)

 

PK1215 - Lubitel  #492335.

 

  

PK1225. Very uncommon type of early Lubitel camera. Identical to PK1220 ("Leningrad"  markings and 6 screws on the side-plate), but without date prefix in serial number already. Though such numbering system was used on 2nd version cameras since 1955, this is the very 1st time to see such an early Lubitel one. And even more - special springs on filter's compartment as on early Komsomolets cameras (see picture below). "SDELANO V CCCP" markings on the filter's door.

 

Special spring in the filter's compartment.

 

PK1225 - Lubitel  #016760.

 

  

PK1230. Quite common to find type of Lubitel camera. 6 screws on the side-plate yet, though "Leningrad" markings are cut-away already. Leningrad marking's frame is still visible on body. Magnifier's fixing marks on the top plate have changed its form (no more small  hole, see picture below).

 


PK1235. Camera identical to K1230, but with non removable side-plate already. Released in 1949-1950.

 

PK1230 - Lubitel  #4922599.

 

  

PK1240. Seems to be the latest type of early Lubitel camera. Slightly changed magnifier's design inside the waist finder. No more magnifier's fastening marks on the front plate. Lower depht of filter's compartment already (see picture below). Shutter advance lever comes with eyehole already.


 


Lower filter's compartment.

 

PK1240 - Lubitel  #5094005.

 

  


 

 

 

2nd version (late)

 

 

 

 
  

PK1245. Quite common type of Lubitel camera. New body mouldings already - the upper lens is outlined by decorative rim (see picture opposite). Changed upper lens construction. Now lens coninst of 3 different parts (see picture below). Shutter advance lever comes with eyehole already.


 




New construction of the upper lens.

 

PK1245 - Lubitel  #53016460.

 

  

PK1250. Camera identical to PK1245, but with changed filter's compartment form again (see picture below).



 





New design of filters compartment.

 

PK1250 - Lubitel  #55146655.

 

  

PK1255. Seems to be the latest generation of Lubitel camera. Released in 1955-1956. Camera identical to K1250, but without date prefix in the serial number already (see picture below). Cameras with 3, 4, 5 or 6 digits serial numbers can be found nowaday. No otherwise different.


 




PK1255 - Lubitel  #856.

 

PK1255 - Lubitel  #856.

 

  
  


  

 

 

 

3rd version (export)

 

 

 

 
  

At least 3 versions of the export Lubitel camera are known to exist. It's interesting to mention, that all 3 versions were related with camera export to Sweden in 1950-1955. It's knpwn that small batches of Komsomolets camera were exported to Sweden since 1949. These cameras are identical to the local "brothers", but were fitted with nice non-russian origin brown leather cases.

Amatör and Atlantic cameras are identical to Lubitel cameras, but fitted with nice non-russian origin brown leather cases. Amatör-2 camera is unique since equiped with an additional synchro contact, never found on soviet Lubitel camera.


   

 

 

Under name "Amatör"

 

 
  

PK1260. Very limited batch of Lubitel cameras have entered the Swedish market in 1950, under name "Amator". These cameras have new Lubitel body mouldings (2nd version), though upper lens is still early type yet. Fitted with non-russian origin ever-ready beautiful case (see picure below).


 

PK1260 - Amator  #5041347 with authentic case.

 

 

 

PK1260 - Amator manual guide.

 
 

PK1262. Camera identical to PK1260, but with old style body mouldings yet. Lower depht of filter's compartment. Fitted with beautiful non-russian origin ever-ready leather case (see picure below).


  

 

PK1262 - Amator  #5054752 with authentic case.

 

  

PK1263.  Camera identical to PK1262, but the filter's compartment is bigger size, as on early Lubitel cameras. Fitted with an original "Amatör" leather case (made in Germany).

 

  

PK1263 -  Amator  #5072480 with authentic case.

 

  

 

 

 

Under name "Amatör-2"

 

 

 

 

PK1265. Camera identical to PK1260, but with synchro contact,  added under the shutter housing (see picture below). Under export name "Amator II". Single "Made in USSR" markings on the filter compartment's door. Distributed by the same post-sale company "Atlantic" in 1951. An extremely rare to find nowadays.


 






 

PK1265 - Amator II  #51009504

 

  

PK1267. Camera identical to PK1265, but with few exceptions: slightly different nameplate markings; newer type of the upper lens with black internal disk (see picture below); the filter's compartment is bigger size, as on early Lubitel cameras. Still ultra rare to find.



 





 

PK1267 - Amator II  #51140198.

 

  


 

 

 

Under name "Atlantic"

 

 

 

 
  

PK1270. Very limited batch of early Lubitel cameras have entered the Swedish market, under name "Atlantic". Though released in 1951 according to serial number on the lens, this camera still have old style body mouldings. Were fitted with original "Atlantic" leather case (case made in Germany).



 




 

PK1270 - Atlantic #51061479.

 

  

PK1272. Camera identical to PK1245, but under export name "Atlantic" again. Late Lubitel's body mouldings, with date prefix in serial number already. Single "MADE IN USSR" markings on the filter's door. Very limited batch released in 1951-1955. 

 

Atlantic manual guide.

 

PK1272 - Lubitel  #51103894.

 

  


PK1275. Camera identical to PK1255, but under export name "Atlantic" again. Late Lubitel's body mouldings, no date prefix in serial number already. Single "MADE IN USSR" markings on the filter's door (see picture below). Very limited batch released in 1955-1956. 



 



 

PK1275 - Atlantic  #93756.

 

  


 

 

 

Very interesting Chinese clone of the Lubitel-1 camera. Comes under name "Chang Le".



 


Camera #63000202 opposite from  Zhou  Wei (China) collection.

 

Chang Le  #63000202.