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The BeLomo Elikon 535 was first released in 1990 and continued until the late 90s. It is a very similar to the Agat 18k half frame, built at the same time, but has the features from the Agat 18, built from 1984-89. It is a very basic purely machanical camera. The camera's main features are:

35mm f/3.8 Minar-2 (3-group 3 element) lens, 1m-

Shutter speeds coupled to aperture, from 3.8 1/90 to 16 1/512
Size 103 x 68 x 454mm, Weight : 165 g
ISO 50-400, hot shoe flash connection, tripod socket


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Front. Shutter release button, viewer. Lens cover closed. Exposure setting via weather symbols, aperture is indicated.

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Lens cover open.


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Seen from the back and above. Film rewind, hot shoe with cover, film counter. Viewer, film advance wheel.

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Seen from below. ISO setting (moving the slider slides the exposure indication mark as well), rewind release, tripod socket. Exposure set for dark clouds.

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Seen from below. Exposure set to F16. Symbols indicate wrong setting.


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Camera open open.


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Camera and its original box. This is a probably unused camera.

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The camera and the box.


The Elikon 535 is a very light camera, easy to handle. The exposure system via symbols works astonishingly well. It might teach you some basics about the exposure of film. Exposure/aperture combinations according to the Russian Wikipedia are:

3.84.6*5.66.3*7.1*81116
1/901/971/1301/2061/3251/5121/5121/512
* intermediate settings

The camera takes sharp pictures. It's for outdoor photos. With 400 ISO film it might take well lit interiors not far from the window. There is a hot shoe for flash. No night photos, as 1/90 is the longest exposure time. So this is a beautiful vintage camera of limited use, but it's much fun.


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