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Old film negatives from 1989-1990 scanned in v550. Some photos really under exposed sove over exposed but finally saved. You can get a taste of the era.

Here is an image i managed to save from an underexposed, aged,nearly 40 years old film negative from a trip of my dad as a captain to Then Soviet Union’s Leningrad today’s Saint Petersburg.

V550 and Lightroom was used. I love the colors it was sunrise and my dad as a total photo amateur couldn’t capture what his eyes saw. An Ice breaker on the side, smoke from the factories, may cargo ships in line….


St Petesbourg020 Small-2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

I recently bought my first medium camera from the flea market for an undisclosed , dirt-cheap price. The lucky camera that i saved from oblivion was named LUNA, I immediately understood it was a USSR LOMO made Lubitel 2. Since I had never encountered that brand, I did a little research and found out it is the 4th edition of the Lubitel 2, built somewhere around 1975-1977.

It is identified as PK1455. Camera identical to PK1420 “No-Name” version , but under export name “LUNA”. Intended for Greece market. Very uncommon to find.” source

It was in good condition with its original leather case. I really like this little camera and I’m looking forward on testing it.

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

Some data on the camera specs.

The Lubitel-2

After one million three hundred thousand Lubitels produced, GOMZ re-evaluated the design and decided to add a self-timer and a flash sync. This redesign was done by G. Barkovski, according to Princelle, thus creating the Lubitel-2.

The literature claims that the Lubitel-2 came in two shutters: a ZT-5 with speeds of 1/10s to 1/200s, and a ZT-8 with 1/15s to 1/250s. I don’t know what to make of this: I think the difference in speeds is probably an artefact of labeling rather than anything technical, and is the result of the postwar introduction of the new power-of-two shutter speed system: 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 (noted as 1/15), 1/32 (noted as 1/30), 1/64 (noted as 1/60), 1/128 (noted as 1/125), 1/256 (noted as 1/250), 1/512 (noted as 1/500), 1/1024 (noted as 1/1000), and so on, that took the place of the earlier decimal system that counted 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, et cetera. Converting to the newer system simply means writing 1/60 instead of 1/50, and assuming the difference to be within your margin of error. Info from Alfreds Camera Place

Here is an Excerpt from the 1971 book/brochure “Discover Rewarding Photography” by Ronald Spillman A.I.I.P:


An extremely versatile 6×6cm twin-lens focusing reflex taking twelve pictures on 120 roll film. Although this camera is priced at the lower end of the scale, it incorporates most features required by the keen beginner and yet has a performance that will satisfy the critical user.

The lens is a 75mm coated f/4.5, which focuses down to 4′. The leaf shutter is behind the lens, has five speeds from 1/15th to 1/250th second, and is synchronized for flash.

The Lubitel-2 is a camera without frills. You wind on the film by means of an ordinary knob and there is a window to show you the frame numbering on the back paper. There is a clever helical screw mount to the taking lens. As this is rotated it turns the upper, viewing lens to similar focus. Viewing is by means of an always-in-focus convex lens giving a brilliant image. A circular ground-glass spot at the center is used for focusing. There is a folding magnifier and a flip-up direct vision viewfinder incorporated in the folding hood. The camera contains a filter compartment, has a delayed action device built into the shutter, and is supplied with ever-ready case.”

Info from Alfreds Camera Place

It must have been love but its not over now.

Back in the early 90s (1990 or 1991), my dad returned from a trip to Russia and brought me my first real camera. A Zenit 11, 2 lenses and some filters. The lenses where a Helios 44M-4 f2 58mm and a  Pentacon auto 4/200MC. The memories from this camera are priceless and thats the reason I will never sell it. 

The Zenit 11 is a m42 Pentax mount SLR camera manufactured in Russia by KMZ.

The Zenit 11 is a solidly-built camera with essentially the same Leica type cloth shutter as earlier Soviet rangefinder and SLR cameras. It has an external selenium meter mounted on the prism front above the lens. The meter isn’t coupled to the camera. The Zenit uses the M42 Pentax screw-mount lens which means there is a variety of lenses from all over the world that will fit it. Partially depressing the shutter release stops down the lens. Additional pressure releases the shutter .

Produced: 1981-1990

Name: „Зенит-11“

Producer: KMZ/BeLomo

Frame size: 24×36.

Lens: Helios-44M  2/58.

Shutter: 1/30s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: ±1.500.000 units.


Original price (in year 1986) 140 roubles.

The shutter has a nice satisfying loud clunk and it’s impossible to take sneaky shots because even people across the river can hear you.
Never the less I had almost 8 years to use it,so yesterday I decided to take for a walk. I had a red filter to mount  and test with some B&W film. The feel was exactly like the first time i touched it. The shutter sound was loud and I understood that i had missed it. The film advance was smooth and I knew that Father time was good for this little(sort of speak) camera. 

I was so excited that I forgot about the external meter and I didn’t compensate for the red filter so most of the shots came out underexposed but still WE had some good moments.

I see you CAN you see me?

After all maybe I just wanted an excuse for another walk with my trusted Zenit. 
You can find easily an old Zenit (they are dirt cheap). Also if you like old cameras that will outlive us and wont mess you head with “mambo Jumbo tech” and let you focus on photography give it a try.