Stephen Dowling, founder of Kosmo Foto, has published the its inaugural camera overview video to its YouTube channel. And to kick things off, the Kosmo Foto team has gone with a rather quirky camera—the KMZ Start.

This interesting little camera was developed back in the 1950s by one of the Soviet Union’s largest camera manufacturers, KMZ. The camera was only in production for half a decade, and barely known in the west, but as Dowling explains in the video, it actually beat the Nikon F to market, a camera often thought of as the first professional SLR camera.

The nine-minute video goes over the history of the camera, as well as some of its more unique features, including a combination aperture/shutter button on the front of the camera, a removable prism and a ‘mystery knob’ that was actually an in-camera film slicer for times when you needed to change film stocks halfway through a roll.

Dowling says more of these film camera overview videos are on the way, so if you appreciate this one, head over to the Kosmo Foto YouTube channel to help them build their video presence.


About Film Fridays: We recently launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at 35mmc and Kosmo Foto.

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