Smena-M is a viewfinder 35mm film camera made by Minsk Mechanical Factory, MMZ Minsk, former USSR, and produced in 1961.

Смена-М = Smena-M, Smena means Young Generation or Relay. Very mysterious and charismatic camera. Camera has new construcion of shutter type and new shutter speeds. Both T-22M lens and shutter faceplate are black.

There are 3 types of the Smena-M. [1] [2] [3] [4]

The list of all Smena models is in the article Smena Series by GOMZ & MMZ & LOMO.


  • Lens: MMZ T-22M (Triplet) 40mm f/4.5 filter slip-on
  • Aperture: f/4.5-f/16 setting: ring and scale on the front of the lens
  • Focus range: 1.3-10m +inf
  • Focusing: manual front element focusing
  • Shutter: leaf shutter speeds: 1/8-1/250 +B
  • Shutter release: a knob on the shutter, w/cable release socket
  • Cocking lever: on the shutter
  • Frame counter: manual, window on the top-plate, not works wo/ the film in the camera
  • Winding knob: on the top plate
  • Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder
  • Re-windknob: none; two film casettes should be use always
  • Cold-shoe
  • Memory dial: on the winding knob
  • Self-timer: none
  • Back cover: removable, opens by a latch on the right side
  • Embossing on the back cover: MMZ logo
  • Tripod socket: 3/8"
  • Strap lugs: none
  • Body: bakelite; Weight:
  • Serial no. on the left side, the first two digits show the production year

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Model info and typing are as to AlexanderKomarov.[1]
  2. There are usefull books about cameras of former USSR and have classifications also.
  3. Pages from the the book of former USSR cameras by Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin
  4. Discussion about clasifications in the books of Princelle and Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin in USSR Photo Forum


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