This is the 1963 Lomo Cosmic 35 or Smena 8 or Global 35, depending on where it was first sold. Normally, by the time I feature a camera here, I have owned it for a while and have done some research in order to be able to use it and tell you about it. But as I didn’t intend on buying this one, I have decided to learn along with you. Since I made the video I have started using it and so I have added some captions but I would also urge you to check out this video https://youtu.be/OSF_Xu8af9o as it explains some things in much more detail.
I have been trying to track one of these down for quite a while. The trouble has been that they were either in a poor state of repair, or the seller was simply asking for too much.
Aimed at the amateur photographer, it is simple to operate and uses 120 medium format film. Instead of the more common Single Lens Reflex (SLR), these are Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras, which can take a bit of getting used to, but they are great fun to use.
In this video I explore my 166B in more detail.