Some information about the creation of the family of devices Smena-8 and Smena-9 is given in the review of the eighth Smena. If you are interested in any of these devices, please start reading with this review.
In this text, I will not repeat myself, and I want to talk on a slightly different topic.
After all, we have already considered quite a lot of Shifts, almost everything that I have and can summarize something.
Smena-9 completes that part of the line of devices that a) were mass-produced and b) had a clear increasing numbering of models with a step of 1.
Further, everything is no longer so "well". There were models that more or less continue the logic of numbering - Smena-11, Smena-12, etc. (There was no 10th), but they were not produced outside the experimental batches. There were mass vehicles, but the logic in the name was already some other - Smena-8M, Smena-35, Smena-Symbol, Smena-SL.
In the line of models from the first to the ninth, in addition to strict numbering, there was one more feature - two models were always produced simultaneously - a basic one and a simplified one.
The simplification was not very big - there was no self-timer. The difference in price between the basic and simplified models, I think, was still more based on marketing than on actual cost savings.
Nevertheless, this logic persisted for a long time and for several generations of devices. This means that such logic was considered useful.
See for yourself.
It all started with the very first post-war Smena model (1953-1962). An improved Smena-2 model (1955-1962) was released 2 years later. The difference is in the availability of a sync contact for Smena-2 (part of the first model did not have it) and in the presence of a self-timer.
There is nothing surprising in the appearance after some time of a more functional model of the device. It should be so. But with the release of Smena-2, the production of the first Smena did not stop and continued in parallel for a long time.
The release of both models ended at the same time.
Then a pair of Smena-3 (1958-1960) and Smena-4 (1958-1960) appeared. The fourth model was basic, and the third was simplified, again without a self-timer.
Even further, there was an interesting attempt to update the concept of a budget device in the person of Smena-5 (1960-1961), and at the same time an attempt to create a flagship scale with a built-in exposure meter in the person of the Smena-7 prototype.
As a result, both ideas did not fly, Smena-5 quickly left the scene, and Smena-7 (1961-1971) was mass-produced, but this was not the device that was originally conceived. Mass Smena-7 is a simplified version of Smena-6 (1961-1969).
The same pair, even number - flagship, odd - budget. Only on the five did they stumble and now the even number in the pair is the junior one.
Well, in the end, Smena-8 (1969-1971) and Smena-9 (1969-1971) came out. Again in a pair, again the oldest odd - a simplified version.
Something like that.
Nothing special, but interesting for me. Knowing this rule by number, you can always immediately determine the older model in front of us or the simplified one.
The production period of Smena-9 is short. I found the volume of the issue only in the book “The Era of LOMO. Cameras and People ”. There is a value of 88 thousand copies, but there this figure is called into question.
One way or another, Smena-9 is now much less common than Smena-8 with its million copies. Although it is very rare, of course you cannot call it.
The ninth model does not please collectors with the rich variety of appearance. All sources give the same design example. He is in the review today.
We will consider a copy in excellent condition with the number 227304.
Smena-9 was produced at LOMO (before that GOMZ, LOOMP) from 1969 to 1971.
The volume of the issue is presumably 88 thousand copies.
The standard lens is a fixed triplet T-43 4/40. Aperture limit - f16.
The shutter is central. Beats shutter speeds: 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, V.
The machine is equipped with a wired sync terminal.
The weight of my copy is 324 grams.
Smena-9 has a traditional Smena-classic building and visually differs little from Smena-8. Of the differences, in fact, only shilnik and the absence of a self-timer.
On the front of the device, only the lens with the shutter assembly (more on that later) and the front viewfinder window on the left are visible.
The massive head of the frame advance (right) is open from 3 sides - front, back and right. It is very convenient to rewind the film. The head is grasping, with good knurling.
Behind - a rectangular viewfinder eye. The viewfinder at the 8th shift gives an absolutely bright picture in real scale.
A sliding button for unlocking the device is on the left side. The door is removable, not tilted - be careful not to drop the device.
The bottom panel only has a 1/4-inch tripod socket. The socket is located along the axis of the lens.
Above Smena-9, from left to right, are:
- Rewinding head;
- Bracket for accessories;
- Counter of frames with a reminder of the sensitivity of the film;
- Shutter button
Release button with cable slot. It has a relatively tight stroke and, due to its small diameter, it is not very pleasant to press it.
The rewind head is small and, in fact, inconvenient to use. Fortunately, the device retained the ability to use two cassettes.
There is a central shutter unit at the base of the lens.
Shutter speed is switched by rotating the ribbed ring at the base of the lens. You can change the shutter speed both when the shutter is cocked and when it is released. Flash sync is available at any shutter speed.
To cock the shutter, you need to lower the winding lever (pictured on the right) down until it stops. The lever will lock in this position.
To release the shutter, you need to press the button on the top of the case.
The aperture control ring is located on the front section of the lens. It is inconvenient to control the aperture. The ring is narrow and recessed behind the front slice of the lens.
The depth-of-field scale is marked on the shoulder straps around the lens.
To focus, you need to rotate the entire lens by the knurled front.
The closest focusing limit is 1 meter.
Attitude towards the camera.
Smena-9 is a pretty decent camera. Is the lack of a self-timer critical for the ninth model and for all the younger ones? I think no. In my school practice, this function used to come in handy, but not often.