siggimus recently discovered a treasure
well, it was actually the wife that made the discovery, but anyhoo, turns out that 10 years ago, siggimus purchased one of these babies in latvia:
that’s a genuine lomo (leningradskoje optiko-mechanicheskoje objedinenije) smena symbol, a real life, made in the ussr gem, that sells for good money these days. from lomography.com:
the word “smena” (CMEHA) is roughly translated into “young generation” in english. true to its name, the smena line of cameras were designed to provide inexpensive, accessible, and excellent photography tools to the hard-working young soviets of the time. manufactured by the legendary lomo production house of st. petersburg […] the first smena model rolled out of assembly in 1952. the popularity of this line was so enduring that smenas continued to be produced until the early 90’s. many a famous and infamous* photographer, both inside and outside of the ussr, have first cut their chops on a smena’s full manual controls.
one does not lomo alone, so siggimus signed up to the lomography community
having discovered this little gem, siggimus needed film!
after a bit of rummaging, an expired 400 asa kodak film was discovered & promptly stuffed in. finally, the results are in:
*the infamous photographer was lee harvey oswald, who shot jfk in the non-camera kind of way
picture & info comes from here