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Camera Global-676 (Amateur-2) review

Global-676 is one of the export variants of the Amateur-2.If someone reads me regularly, they will probably remember how I constantly say that I am not interested in export versions.

Perhaps he will even ask "How is that?"

Let me explain.

The lineup of Amateur cameras is not that extensive, but it still numbers five models. As a collector, I would like to have representatives for all of them.

But the point is that the differences between the models in the lineup are not that great. I want more variety.

Therefore, when the opportunity to purchase Global-676 appeared, it simultaneously filled the position of Amateur-2 in the collection and increased this very diversity. Global, moreover, a rather rare export option.

Something like this.

Amateur-2 is perhaps the most massive and popular Amateur.

It is based on the first model to which a wired synchronizer and autostart were added.

After this improvement, the device (released in 1955) received functionality that did not expand further until the end of the line, i.e. until the mid-90s.

Amateur-2 is a simple, reliable, but functional device.

Medium format film in the 50s made sense in amateur photography since. improving the quality of images.

Among the competitors at that time were Moscow-4 and Moscow-5, the price of which, I am sure, was higher. Although these are rangefinders, and the Amateur is TLR.

Amateur-2 successfully survived the Moscow and Iskra lines and then, in the medium format, competed with Salyut / Kiev-88 and Kiev-6S / Kiev-60 - large, heavy and expensive vehicles. Amateur-2 in 1962 cost 10 rubles.

In general, for the amateur photographer in the medium format, there was no alternative to the Amateur line (from 1957 to 1975 - this is exclusively Amateur-2).

For 25 years of production, several modifications of the Amateur-2 were released. However, the differences between them are small, and are mainly reduced to numbering standards, lens color design, the name of the company and the device itself (including font styles).

Such a detailed description is beyond the scope of this article. Here I will only briefly dwell on the following:

Firstly, over the years of production of Lyubitel-2, the enterprise that produces it changed its name several times. Accordingly, the name of the manufacturer on the device also changed. Starting with GOMZ, then in 1963-64 at LOOMP, and in 1965 - at LOMO.

Variants with the LOOMP inscription are the rarest ones, because released them in a year or two.

Secondly, since 1959, the camera has changed the standard of shutter speeds from 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200 + B to 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 , 1/250 + B.

Also in 1965, the standard for the tripod socket changed from 3/8 to 1/4 inch.
And, finally, thirdly, Lyubitel-2 is the first device in the line to be exported in large quantities. Therefore, its variants are found both with a simple name written in Latin letters, and other names specialized for specific sales markets.

Here we just come to the hero of the review.

Under the name Global-676, it was delivered to the Australian market in 1968. The distributor demanded that the device did not bear any inscriptions indicating the manufacturer. On the front section of the lens, only its parameters. True, on the cover of the light filters there are inscriptions MADE IN USSR in the upper part and MADE IN USSR in the lower part.

Something went wrong with LOMO with the Australians and Global-676 is considered a rather rare device. In the book “The era of LOMO. Cameras and People ”it is said that only about 1000 of them were produced.

Let's take a look at this device.

Global-676 (Amateur-2)
Amateur-2 was produced at GOMZ / LOOMP / LOMO from 1955 to 1979. The total issue amounted to more than 2.2 million copies.

Shooting lens - fixed T-22 4.5 / 75. Enlightened. Triplet. Three lenses in three groups. Aperture limit - f22.

For a medium format FR, 75 mm is about 40 mm for a modern full-frame DSLR.

Viewfinder lens - 2.8 / 60 single lens. Due to the higher aperture, theoretically, it is easier to determine the fact of focusing in the viewfinder. And the picture is lighter and the depth of field is narrower.

The device is designed for medium format film type 120. The frame format is 60x60 mm.

Central shutter between lenses. My copy. with a more modern standard of shutter speeds - 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, V.

Wired flash sync at any shutter speed.

The device is equipped with a self-timer.

The weight of my copy is 554 grams.

Control elements:

The body of the apparatus is shaped like a parallelepiped. In the horizontal section, the shape of the body is close to square.

Behind Lyubitel-2 there is a round window through which the photographer controls the advance of the shot. The device does not have any mechanism that blocks rewinding after the film has already been stretched to the desired length.

During rewinding, the photographer visually controls the appearance of marks in the window, marking the boundaries of the frames. These marks are applied directly to the paper backing, with which the 120 type film is laid along its entire length. This is the standard of this film.

The window is covered with red glass and, in addition, closed with a sliding flap. To open the shutter, you need to turn the small round head below the window. The direction of rotation is indicated by an arrow in the window.

At the back, in the upper part of the case, there are two spring-loaded latches that lock the back cover of the device.

You need to rewind the captured frame with the head on the right end of the camera. The head is rather large and grasping. Rotate the head clockwise. The return travel is blocked by a ratchet.

If the head is pulled back, it will release the take-up spool internally.

On the left side there is a hinged door for the compartment for light filters. And in my case - empty.

Bottom - a tripod socket strictly in the center of the camera. You also need to pay attention to the presence of pronounced legs for installing the camera on a horizontal surface.

The top end is occupied by the viewfinder shaft.

In the "stowed" position, the shaft is folded and practically does not protrude above the body. The shaft latch is at the back.

When the shaft is unfolded, its walls are lifted by the springs in turn. First - the front wall, then the back and, finally, the two side ones.

After unfolding the shaft, you need to fold back a special magnifying glass, which allows you to see the picture in a matte circle in the center larger and thus fits the focus.

You need to look into the shaft vertically downward, while holding the apparatus approximately at chest level.

The viewfinder picture is very large and very bright, but that's where the merits end.

The picture is flipped from right to left. Out of habit, it is VERY difficult to aim the device exactly at the target, tk. the picture moves in the opposite direction to the movement of the apparatus.

Sighting by any Amateur is a good exercise for astronaut applicants.

The viewfinder is very critical to how far from the eyes it is, at what angle the photographer is looking at it and whether the camera itself is upright.

Attempts to debug the picture in the viewfinder greatly distract from the actual shooting plot.

There is a matte circle in the center of the viewfinder. For me personally, focusing on the Amateur's viewfinder is extremely difficult. Moreover, a special folding magnifier, in my opinion, does not help much.

For those who could not overcome this method of focusing, the designers left another opportunity.

There is a small rectangular opening in the rear wall of the shaft. And the central part of the front wall can be folded back into the shaft. This creates a simple yet reliable frame viewfinder.

Of course, there is no longer any question of focusing here. But the designers took care of that too.

The aperture scale and the Amateur's distance scale have special white dots. If you set everything according to them, then the device will be focused on the hyperfocal distance. The focus will be all the space from 4.5 meters to infinity.

At the same time, the design of the lens is such that it is from about this distance that it begins to give a decent picture. Closer - there will be quite strong distortions.

And it is from this distance that parallax ceases to noticeably affect the composition of the frame.

In general, Lyubitel-2, like all its relatives, is still more of a scale camera with a DSLR option.

The main controls are located on the front panel of the Amateur.

First of all, two lenses are visible. The lenses are meshed together like gears. The rotation of one is transferred to the other. Thus, the focusing of both occurs at the same time.

The teeth of the gears act as a knurling. It is comfortable to rotate any of the lenses.

The distance scale is visible in the slot above the top lens.

The white point for focusing on the GFR is between 8 and 11 meters.

There is no depth of field scale on the device.

The lower lens (which also has a built-in shutter) is simply replete with controls. The base of the lower lens is studded with all kinds of leashes, levers and sockets like a hedgehog.

The shutter speed and aperture are changed using the levers under the lens.

Shutter speed and aperture scales - located next to each other on the left, on the base of the lens. The shutter speed is indicated by a small cut in the metal ring, and the diaphragm is indicated by a flat metal tongue-pointer.

The white point for the GFR is between f8 and f11.

If during shooting it is assumed that the camera is held with the left hand from below, then to change the exposure, you need to grab it with your right hand by the right end, put your hand horizontally, and looking at the scale, change the parameters with your left hand.

Rewinding a shot and a shutter cocking at Lyubitenlya-2 are two separate operations.

To cock the shutter, you need to pull down the small lever on the upper right side of the lens. In the picture, he is on the left with a red dot. In the lower position, the lever is fixed.

To release the shutter, you need to press the very tiny lever to the right of the lens. In the picture, he is to the right near the nest along the release cable.

Both operations are performed with the thumb of the right hand.

When the shutter is cocked, the distance between the cocking and trigger levers is about 1 millimeter.

I suppose that it is not worth delaying the reverse stroke of the cocking lever when shooting, i.e. it is fraught with incorrect exercise of endurance.

Therefore, you have to press the trigger very carefully - with your fingernail actually clinging the trigger lever to the teeth on it.

In addition to all of the above, at the bottom of the lens are:
On the left are the self-timer lever and the wired synchronizer socket. They are in the picture. On the right is the nest of the release cable, we have already talked about it.

The cover for charging the film from the Amateur is hinged.

The lid is folded down, and the lid is not only the back, but also the lower walls of the chamber. The film in the apparatus goes from bottom to top, making an L-shaped path.

Camera attitude

The device with a circulation of 2.2 million cannot but command respect.

Seriously though, already in 1955, Amateur-2 offered the user everything he needed to shoot any scenes.

Sighting a TLR is a matter of practice. And shooting landscapes in medium format with the focus of the GFR is generally a pleasure.

I also saw a lot of good reviews about the quality of the picture. I didn’t shoot like that myself.

Here is such a decent camera.

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