Smena-SL is a viewfinder 35mm film camera made by LOMO and produced between 1970 -77. Smena SL was similar with Smena-Rapid but with frame finder and accessory shoe.

There are 2 types and 1 sub-type of the Smena SL. [1] [2] [3] [4]

The list of all Smena models is in the article Smena Series by GOMZ & MMZ & LOMO.


  • The camera uses special cassette of Rapid film for 12 frames
  • Lens: LOMO (ЛОМО)T-43 (Triplet) 40mm f/4 filter slip-on
    • Aperture: f/4-f/16 setting: ring and scale on front of the lens
    • Focus range: 1-10m +inf
  • Focusing: manual front element focusing, meter, feet and symbol scales
  • Shutter: leaf shutter, speeds:1/15-1/250 +B w/synchronizer
  • You can set shutter speed using symbol window on the top plate also
  • Shutter release: on the left of the lens-shutter barrel
  • Cocking lever: The winding of the film and cocking the shutter are connected, on the back side of the camera
  • Frame counter: window on the top-plate
  • Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder, with bright frame lines
  • Re-wind lever: none; two casettes should be use always
  • Flash PC socket: on the left side of the camera
  • Cold-shoe
  • Memory dial: on the back cover
  • Self-timer: none
  • Back cover: opens by a latch on the left side
  • Tripod socket: 1/4"
  • Strap lugs: none
  • Body: plastic; Weight:
  • Serial no. beneath the shutter, the first two digits show the production year

Notes and references[]

  1. Model info and typing are as to Alexander Komarov.[1]
  2. There are usefull books about cameras of former USSR and have classifications also.
  3. Pages from the the book of former USSR cameras by Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin
  4. Discussion about clasifications in the books of Princelle and Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin in USSR Photo Forum