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The Konvas 35mm Motion Picture cameras are reflex, meaning that when a person looks through the viewfinder, they see exactly the same image as the film in the gate.
35mm Konvas come in several flavors and have different model numbers. The original Konvas cameras were made in the 1950's and production lasted through the early 1990's. They were used in the Soviet's race for space, as news cameras, in feature films, in documentaries, and were even used to capture aerial footage of Chernobyl. Named after its designer, Vasily Konstantinov, the 35mm MOS Konvas can be a great addition to anyone's arsenal of rugged camera equipment.
The original models came with a rheostat motor and a 3 lens turret system, but the designs slowly changed over the next two decades. Some of the different design changes were a result of there being two different camera manufacturers in the camera's initial production years. Some of the changes included the conversion of the difficult to load top-latch magazines to the more simple side-latch magazines, changes in body style and functionality, different motors, and different viewfinders. Originally painted gray, it also came in black, with black eventually becoming the only color option. All models use a spinning mirror/shutter design, with a shutter opening of 150 degrees (which can be changed with the proper know-how).