(1967) This camera is nearly identical to the Konica EYE half-frame camera of the same period. So this begs the question, "Is the Micron really an Eye? or is the Eye really a Micron?" It is unlikely that Konica would buy Soviet cameras, nor that the Soviets would buy Japanese cameras. It is well known that the Soviets copied MANY Japanese cameras for their home market, such as the Kiev 16mm cameras. It's not too big a logical leap to assume that the Soviets copied the Konica EYE for the original Micron design. Then, in Soviet style, they made changes to the design to fit their own market and needs. The model I was just a prototype. You can identify this version since it did not have any writing on the front of the camera. All models have a focusing 30mm (f1.9) lens. (It's rumored that a few cameras had a 28mm lens.) The lens focuses to 3 feet. Shutter speeds of B, 1/30 - 1/800. Film speeds use the Soviet system (16 - 250). The built-in selenium meter sets the shutter speed and the f-stop in a programmed exposure mode. At 1/30 the f-stop is f1.9; at 1/800 the f-stop is f16. For flash use, the apertures can be set manually with a 1/30 shutter. The camera has a PC contact but no flash shoe. There is also a B setting for the shutter which sets the aperture at f1.9 -- great for night shots. Distance and auto shutter speed settings appear in the viewfinder, although you never know what f-stop gets set. In low-light conditions a red flag covers up the shutter speeds and prevents exposure -- nice touches. Also comes with tripod socket and cable release socket. 46mm filter thread.
(1968) The only difference between this and the original is that this version says Micron and FED on the front of the camera (in Russian) and actually went into production.
This model is the most common, and was made from 1968 through 1986. It says Micron and FED on the front -- in Russian, of course. In addition, the earlier models had a hinged film door while this version has a removeable back. That may sound inconvenient, but it's great if you have large fingers. A special version was made in 1980 for the boycotted Olympic Games. It is marked on the front with a tower and the Olympic symbol. There was also a Micron 2 which looks the same, but it is a full-frame version with a CDS meter.
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