The Lomo Compact Automat (or LC-A for short), is a small Russian-made 35mm camera that has become very cult and popular. Smena is also produced by "Lomo" and my opinion is that it is also suitable for "Lomography". I am not completely aware of what that term actually keeps inside but one rule is that you should never know what kind of photos you'll get when you shoot a picture with a "Lomo".
Smena 8 is not like Lomo LCA a fully automatic (exept focusing) 35mm camera. You have to "do" something to get the picture. It is against a rule "Shoot before you think" but the rule could be bypassed by thinking "not too much". Like mthis you maintain the creativity and the randomness.
First camera in the Smena 35mm Series was introduced in 1953. Smena 8 was made in 1963 -1971. It is fitted with T-43, f4,0 coated lens. Shutter speeds are B, - 1/15, 1/30,1/60, 1/125, 1/250sec. It has a self-timer and a cocking is not integrated to film advance wheel. Camera material is plastic.
LOMO factory is situated in the city of St. Petersburg. Since 90 years LOMO has designed and manufactured optical devices for various applications. Beginning with its foundation in 1914 LOMO was largest optical device manufacturer for Russian Army. Times have changed and now LOMO works not only for military and space programs but also for science and industry and for t he consumer products market.
"Smena 8 M is an up to date miniature camera intended for broad circle of photo amateurs.The camera incorporates a hard coated lens, life-size wiewfiner (one to one viewing ratio), distance symbol scale, X flash synchronized diaphgram shutter,... assures the widest choice of needle-sharp full-toned negatives both black and white and in full colour.
Weather symbol and film sensitivity scales faciliate exposure settings ensures good shooting outdoors even for any unskilled amateur.
Film rewind mechanism makes it possible to use one cassette. The design ensures operation with two cassettes also.
Foolproof and trouble-free operation, modern appearance plus other attractive features of Smena 8M never cease amazing and the admired beginners and top-notch amateurs alike." Smena 8M is produced by "LOMO" since 1970 . Body is made of plastic. The lens is T-43
(English Manual) on Alfreds Smena 8M page: http://cameras.alfredklomp.com/smena8m/manual/index.htm