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Brief photo-review of the device Start N5901941

Today I am proud to present a very beautiful camera - Early Start. By itself, this model is quite rare, and in such excellent condition - even more so.

The launch was produced for a relatively short time - from 1958 to 1964. All these years the model was one - just Start. Nevertheless, the line of these devices includes several types with enough visual differences to make it interesting to have several options.

Earlier I had a review of the 1963 model. According to the classification from, it was a type-2c model. I recommend that you familiarize yourself with it in advance. The device itself is more than interesting. I recommend that you familiarize yourself. In the comments to the article, by the way, there was an interesting discussion about the reliability of these devices.

With this later model, I will compare our today's guest. He is on the right in the photo.

It will be a 1959 copy number 5901941. According to the classification, this is a type-1c model.

Let's look for the differences.

What collectors love this model for is the glass inserts in the feed and rewind heads. The heads themselves are higher.

A frame counter and a reminder of the type and sensitivity of the film are placed under the glass, and the pointers are printed on the glass. You need to turn the glass by a thin ribbed rim.

I cannot say that it is very convenient. Rather, on the contrary ...

But it looks very stylish. The look at the Start of early issues can not be called aristocratic except.

Another immediately noticeable difference is the shape of the trigger foot. The earlier version has a more massive trigger. It goes into the top panel, and a small ribbed drum protrudes upward at its end. Also, the trigger of the early version has a "ready" position.

The later version has a flat, smooth trigger. It adjoins tightly to the back plane of the case, just protruding slightly above the top plane. Also, it does not have a "ready" position.

I can't say that using the trigger of a late start is straightforward inconvenient. But the early one is more comfortable in this sense, for my taste. Well, and more solid, of course.

Less obvious.

The devices have different pictograms above the sync pin jacks.

The early version has a removable pentaprism lock on the rear to the right of the viewfinder. The pentaprism cannot be removed unless the latch is opened.

The later model does not have a latch; only friction holds the pentaprism. Although I don't see it as unreliable.

The early version has the number on the right, the later version has the number on the left.

Well, for a snack.

Everyone knows that the Start viewfinder is equipped with optical wedges. Moreover, these wedges are not like the Zenith. They are large and will not darken in low light conditions.

So at the early Start, the wedges are tinted yellow.

Technically speaking, the idea, I think, is that the yellow filter increases contrast and clarity, which should have helped even more with accurate focusing.

But such a yellow spot in the viewfinder - for 1959 it also looked very cool.

Something like that.

The lens on this instance of Helios-44 with the number 0156196.

Here are some larger photos.

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