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Rare and Collectible Chaika II Violet Half-Frame 35MM LOMO Camera. Chaikas were made mostly in black. I have yet to be able to find another example of the camera in this color. Works Great. Condition is Fantastic with only the slightest signs of use. Comes with soft pouch as shown. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Chaika II is a half-frame 35mm film viewfinder camera made by MMZ, after 1971 made by Belomo and produced between 1967-72 with quantity of 1.250.000 units. Chaika (Чайка) means Seagull.
Chaika was the call sign of the first Russian female cosmonaut, Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova. She became extremely famous for her achievements and is still considered a hero in Russia. It's very likely that this line of cameras were at least partly named in honor of her. Her famous flight took place 1963 and the first Chaika camera was sold in 1965.

The difference between Chaika-I and Chaika-II is added a removable screw mount lens which could be used as the lens for an enlarger that was apparently never made available. The threads are the same as those for a Leica lens, but the focusing distance is different, so the lenses are not compatible.
There are 6 types and 9 sub-types of the Chaika-II

Lens: Industar-69 (ИНДУСТАР) 28mm f/2.8 filter slip-on serial no.none MMZ logo on the lens Aperture: up to f/16; setting: ring and scale on front of the lens Focus range: 0.8-5m +inf Focusing: manual front cell focusing; ring, distance scale with symbols and DOF scale on the lens shutter barrel Shutter: leaf shutter; speeds: 1/30-1/250 +B; setting: by a ring and small window on the top-plate Shutter release: on front of the top-plate, w/cable release socket Cocking lever: also winds the film, short stroke, on the back of the top-plate Frame counter: additive type, auto-reset, window on the top-plate Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder, vertical quadrangle Re-wind knob: on the bottom plate, pull out and turn to arrow direction Re-wind release: by re-wind knob Flash PC socket: on front of the camera Cold-shoe: none Memory dial: on the re-wind knob Self-timer: none Back cover: opens by a latch on the right side of the camera Tripod socket: ¼" Strap lugs Body: metal; Weight: 388g

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Saved for Fred / Rare Violet Chaika II Vintage Soviet LOMO Half-Frame Camera

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