Salyut-1V: Camera for work in space put up for auction with a starting price of €30,000
A Salyut-1V camera with two lenses was put up at the Wetzlar Camera auction. Salyut-1V is an interesting and rare lot. This camera was made in the USSR. Its starting price for the whole set is 30,000 euros.
«Salyut» is a medium format camera, which was produced at the Kiev plant «Arsenal» from 1958 to 1972. It is in many ways similar in design to the Swedish Hasselblad 1600F camera, but at the same time it was much cheaper. The model put up for auction has significant differences from the production models of the Salyut. Similar modifications have been produced since 1964. It is believed that only about 15 such cameras were collected. But whether this particular sample flew into space is not known.
Of the «space» improvements, the most noticeable are the following design changes:
• The film advance knob and shutter speed dial, as well as the focus and aperture control rings, have been enlarged to make it possible to operate with gloves.
• The mine viewfinder has been replaced by a folding «sports» viewfinder, which allows you to only roughly estimate the framing, but to shoot from eye level without bringing the camera to your face.
According to the information from the auction, the camera also comes with two lenses: Industar-29 80mm F/2.8 #6804380 and MIR-3 65mm F/3.5 #6800009.