|Without a doubt, the cutist ex-Soviet camera is the little Kiev 303, a faithful copy of the original Minolta 16. Like the Minolta, it features push-pull film advance, scale focusing, a 23mm f/3.5 lens with stops to f/11, and shutter speeds of 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, and 1/250th sec (both set via knurled dials on the camera's right side), and a bottom-mounted, self-zeroing frame counter. Its outer body is made of sturdy molded plastic. Case and English instructions included.|
|Looking for a way into medium format on-the-cheap? Look no further than the Lubitel! This Russian TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) 120 rollfilm camera is an inexpensive alternative available to amateur photographers who know the value and quality of the medium format negative!
The Lubitel's physical resemblance to much more expensive TLR cameras is no accident. Rollei makes the 2.8 GX, which sells for over two thousand dollars, and Mamiya makes the C-330 for around a thousand. Keep in mind though, that selling for a bit more than a hundred bucks, the Lubitel is not those cameras it is a slightly updated version of the Voightlander Brilliant TLR of the 1920s and 1940s. Lubitel's finish is a leather-type pattern that is molded into the all-plastic body. The simple three element f/4.5 lens is capable of producing full toned, sharp negatives. Oh, and yeah, for an entry-level camera, it can take some reasonably nice pictures too!
For many eyeglass wearers, the "look down style" viewfinder is the only type which allows them to view the entire frame.
The Lubitel is supplied with a lens cover, case and English instruction book (which normally sells for 20 bucks alone!).
Available in both NEW (with English printing) and demo versions (with authentic Cyrillic printing)...see our price list for information.