Country of origin:


Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:

Standard lens:

Former Soviet Union

1956 - 1968

70000 approx.

Not known


Jupiter-8 2/50 or Jupiter-3 1.5/50 (less common)

The Leningrad is fitted with a built in motorized mechanism for transporting the film, which operates at around 3 frames per second. This is driven by a spring, and when fully wound, is sufficient for 10 to 12 frames.

The camera has a combined viewfinder/rangefinder with frames for 35, 50, 85 and 135mm lenses. The rangefinder base is 57mm. Fitted with a self timer, it also has diopter adjustment and flash synchronisation (delayed flash for 5 to 20 milliseconds, set by a selector)

The back and baseplate, which are combined, remove to permit film loading. They are locked in place by a key and a wheel (this is visible on the picture on the base of the camera, below the self timer lever). The baseplate is fitted with an extendable arm, to prevent the camera tipping.

Cameras are known with either Cyrillic or Latin engraving, although the latter is rare. In 1958 the Leningrad won a prize at the Brussels World Fair and a small number of cameras were engraved 'Grand Prix Bruxelles 1958'

* Gosudarstvennyi Optiko Mekhanicheskii Zavod (State Optical Mechanical Works, Leningrad)
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