Vega (subminiature)

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The Kiev Vega (sometimes marked in cyrillic: Киïв Вега) is a 16mm film camera made by Arsenal in Ukraine. The film is unperforated, and contained in special cassettes with both feed and take-up spools built-in, similar to Minolta 16 cassettes. It's reported that the Vega takes original Minolta cassettes since it's almost a 1:1 copy of the Minolta-16[1].

The Vega 2 added a focusing lens and uses a modified version of the film cassettes which aren't compatible with Minolta 16 film cameras anymore.


  • Introduced: c.1960
  • Withdrawn: c.1962
  • Frame size: 10x14mm
  • Lens: Industar-M
    • 25mm f3.5 (model a)
    • 23mm f3.5 (model b)
  • Shutter: 1/30 - 1/200
  • Film: Minolta 16 cassette

Vega 2

  • Introduced: c.1962
  • Withdrawn: c.1964
  • Frame size: 10x14mm
  • Lens: Industar-M 23mm f3.5
  • Shutter: 1/30 - 1/200
  • Film: Vega 2 cassette