The Krasnogorsk-3 or K3 is a cheap spring-wound 16mm mirror-reflex movie camera designed and manufactured in the former Soviet Union by KMZ. The name 'Krasnogorsk' comes from the suburb of Moscow where the plant is located. Production of the Krasnogorsk-3 ceased in the early 1990s.
It was one of the most popular 16mm movie cameras in Eastern Europe, where it made a prominent appearance in Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1979 film Amator (Camera Buff), and continues to enjoy considerable popularity in the West.
The K3 has been adopted by many film schools, including the University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television.
Its low price, rugged construction and sophisticated optics have made it very popular with both beginning filmmakers and professionals. Among the K3's credits are music videos for the Spin Doctors and Suicidal Tendencies.
The Krasnogorsk-3 is sold in a package that includes everything needed to get started:
If you have one and you want to modify your K3 to super-16mm, visit www.k3camera.com or for more history: Wikipedia article
...did you know that between 1971 and 1993, a total of 105,435 Krasnogorsk-3 cameras were produced? So you don't have to worry about them running out!
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