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 Smena
Smena
Smena-2
Smena-3
Smena-4
Janus (prototype)
Smena-M
Smena-2M
Smena-5
Smena-6
Smena-7 (prototype)
Smena-7
Smena-8
Smena-9
Smena-11, -12, -14, -15
Smena-8M
Smena-35
Smena-20 (prototype)
Smena Rapid
Smena SL
Signal-SL (prototype)
Smena Symbol
Smena-E (prototype)
Ladoga, Cosmic-10
Symbol-136 (prototype)
Smena-19
Smena-18
Smena Stereo (prototype)
Zenit-35F
Lomo 35F-1
Zenit-35FM
Vesna
Vesna-2
Vzgliad
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Intro

It is surprising, that do exist some strange coincidences in Soviet Union (CCCP) history. New camera „Smena“ („New Generation“ or „Relay“) released by GOMZ the same year 1953 the great soviet dictator J.V.Stalin has gone to his rest. We can make an assumption, that Smena name could symbolyze the significant changes in Soviet Union leadership. O.K. it‘s a joke. Initialy camera with Smena name was created in early 1939 by young soviet constructor I.Shapiro. The same GOMZ constructor in 1953 created first 35 mm. camera with Smena name again.

In soviet time two industry giants „GOMZ“ and „MMZ“ produced more than 20 models (with unknown number of modifications!) of Smena. Appr. 30 million cameras released only by GOMZ (predecessor of famous LOMO). The MMZ (predecessor of BeLomo) numbers are signally lowly. I will try to characterize all known mass Smena models, providing technical references as well as details interesting for camera collectors. I will try to present all the versions of Smena camera (including ultra rare prototypes) in my list.

As an original soviet product, Smena was a big event in soviet photo industry. Soviets for almost two decades produced heavy-duty Fed cameras, for the last five years tryed to reclaim high Zeiss Ikon Contax technologies and made first step in Zenit SLR camera releasing. The poverty nation was asking for something simple, trustworthy and cheap. And the new camera Smena was born ...

 

 

 

My special thanks to camera collector Juhani Halmeenmaki (Finland) for the versatile assistance in this document preparation.