All my cameras, 8 & 9; K-3

January 12, 2011

Due to circumstance I ended up with two of these. K-3 is the common name for a model of the Russian made Krasnogorsk 16mm movie camera. They are a popular choice for people wanting 16mm picture quality at a low entry cost. The cameras are pretty basic; they are clockwork powered, you wind the big key on the side of the camera and it will run for about 25 seconds at 24fps. It’s quite noisy so not suitable for sound recording. They come with a standard zoom lens but most of them have a lens mount that will accept the standard Pentax M42 screw mount lens. I found the quality of the standard lens on mine was very good.

They take the standard 100 foot daylight reels and are straightforward to load. Overall a basic, easy to use camera that gives excellent picture quality, bearing in mind the limitations.

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