It's a Bird...It's a Plane..nooo....It's SPUTNIK !!!!

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UploadedJuly 3, 2010
TakenJuly 2, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
Exposure1/25 sec at f/4.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length32 mm
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Sputnik ('Спутник') Stereo Camera

Produced by GOMZ/LOOMP/LOMO at then Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia) from 1954-1974. About 84,000 units were built. Units with Latin lettering are by far less common.


This particular unit is the export variant of a late model of the first version because :

- it has the new set of shutter speeds (15, 30, 60, 125) [after 1955]

- still has the GOMZ logo on the viewfinder cover(and also on lens caps and camera case)

- lacks year prefix on serial number

- lacks factory identification on the T-22 lens ring [has 'LOOMP' from 1962 on]

- has "Made in USSR" (SDELANO B CCCP) engraved on the back door lock (but in Cyrillic [ie for a domestic unit]) [after 1959]

The above suggests this particular unit was made between in 1959 and 1961 by GOMZ (Gosularstvennyi Optiko-Mekhanicheskii Zavod).


The Sputnik takes 120 film only and creates six 6x6 stereo pairs. It was sold as complete set with a stereo viewerand a Lubitelpseudo TLR, which was also produced by GOMZ and (in its design) preceded the Sputnik. Like the Lubitel, the Sputnik has a waist-level reflex finder with a central ground glass focusing spot. All three lenses are gear coupled and can be focused down to 1.3 m. The The Sputnik has a self-timer and a PC flash terminal.

Lens: T-22 Triplet (4.5/75mm). Serial no. 079700

f-stops 4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22

Shutter speeds: B, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60 1/125

The Englis-language user instructions that accompanied the camera outfit bear the imprint "Vsesojuznoje Objedinenije MashPriborIntorg USSR Moscow." MashPriborIntorg (Машприборинторг) was a Soviet Export Conglomerate dealing in photographic and cinematographic equipment (it still exists wth slightly different focus).

© Dirk HR Spennemann 2010, All Rights Reserved

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