Smena Symbol (Смена Символ) is a viewfinder 35mm film camera made by LOMO and produced between 1970-93. Smena Symbol = Смена Символ, Smena means Young Generation or Relay.

There are 8 types and 3 sub-types of the Smena-Symbol. [1] [2] [3] [4] Export types were named as Revue 135 Symbol, Panorama, and Cosmic Symbol.

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

by Ryszard Kobus


  • Lens:LOMO (ЛОМО) T-43 (Triplet) 40mm f/4 filter slip-on
    • Modernized cameras that were produced later with fast black surface "Industar-73" 40mm f/2.8 lens
    • Aperture: f/4-f/16
    • Focus range: 1-10m +inf
  • Focusing: manual, guess the distance or use symbols on the scale
  • Shutter: leaf shutter, speeds: 1/15-1/250 +B w/synchronizer
    • Setting: ring and double scale on the lens shutter barrel, you can use either the symbols or numeric scales
  • Shutter release: on the lens-shutter barrel w/cable release socket
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, on the back of the front plate
  • Frame counter: auto-reset, advance type, window on the back of the top plate
  • Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder, reduced size displaced to allow a rewind crank
  • Film speed memo on camera back
  • Hot-shoe
  • Body: plastic
  • serial no. on the bottom plate, the first two digits show the production year


Modernized Smena Symbol camera with fast Industar-73 2.8/40mm lens. Very few of these cameras released in 1977-79. [5]

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
  5. in Soviet Cams