Apollo Cam

Submitted by newintown on Mon, 10/19/2009 - 09:54


I am new to this forum and thinking about buying the closest-to-original Apollo-Cam. I have unfortunately not found any details on what exactly was used on the lunar surface.

Was it an 500EL with a Biogon 60mm 5.6 or was it a Planar 80mm? Or something even completely different?

What do I have to look out for if I consider to buy something like this (I have not used Hasselblad before)? What is a good price for that?





Mon, 10/19/2009 - 13:13

The closest thing to a lunar surface camera that was available to people outside NASA too was the MK 70 photogrammetry camera with 60 mm Biogon and the MK 70 "200" version of the 70 mm film magazine.

There obviously still are quite a few differences between this MK 70 and the lunar surface camera. But still, very close.

The MK 70 and 60 mm Biogon are rare, but not impossible to find.

 (Close, but the wrong lens.)


Next 'best' would be a regular EL(...) with 70 mm magazine (the 100/200 version, if you can find one) and a 60 mm lens.

But then neither camera, nor magazine, nor lens would be very similar to what was used on the Moon. So the next best thing is not a very close approximation.



Thanks a lot! What ist the average price of a

- 60mm Biogon

and a

- MK 70

on the current market?

Thanks a lot!


Tue, 10/20/2009 - 12:07

"Average price"?

I wish there was such a thing as an average price for these thingies. I'm afraid you'll have to do your utmost best to find even one (of each)!

They are rather rare (the lens a lot more so than the camera), so if you do manage to find one, expect to pay quite a lot.


Fri, 10/23/2009 - 02:27

Our host just put up some pictures of the MK 70 with/and 60 mm Biogon on the front page!


Mon, 11/02/2009 - 23:38

Here's one for sale.

Not a space or lunar surface lens, but the closest thing you'll ever be able to find.