Week 32 – Chaika II


Produced sometime between 1967 and 1972, this pocket sized Russian camera shoots half-frame images on standard 35mm film. It has shutter speeds up to 1/250 and a 2.8/28mm fixed lens with scale focus.  Interestingly, it has a flash sync port but no accessory shoe for mounting a flash. Mine is an export version with Roman lettering and the words “Made in USSR” embossed on the back.

I wasn’t really thinking when I loaded it with HP5, as the 400 ASA may prove too fast for the shutter.


Camera Wiki

Soviet Cams is a nice reference for, well, Soviet camera information.

They show up regularly on eBay for reasonable prices, but do be careful. Sellers will often post the body only without any lens.