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Old 03-22-2012   #761
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My first RF and my first "real" camera, I got it at the age of 12 in 1991:


FED 2 I 61_a von thomas.78 auf Flickr


FED 2 I 61_b von thomas.78 auf Flickr

Does anyone know, what its engraving says:


FED 2 I 61_c von thomas.78 auf Flickr
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Old 03-22-2012   #762
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With my recently acquired Jupiter-9...




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Old 03-23-2012   #763
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Does anyone know, what its engraving says:
It means, "Factory in the name of (or named for) F. E. Dzerzhinsky".
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Old 03-25-2012   #764
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It means, "Factory in the name of (or named for) F. E. Dzerzhinsky".

Thank you for the translation!
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Old 04-08-2012   #765
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My 1957 Zorki-4.
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Old 04-10-2012   #766
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My Zorki 4 "50 Years of Revolution":



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Old 04-10-2012   #767
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The one I once had:

FED-3 & Coffee by LucisPictor, on Flickr

The one I have now:

Zorki-4 & Jupiter-8 2/50 by LucisPictor, on Flickr


Zorki-4 & Jupiter-8 2/50 by LucisPictor, on Flickr
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Old 04-11-2012   #768
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Some people simply don't know when they are ahead...


First there was one (Kiev 4A on the left) and now there are two (Kiev IIa on the right)




Don't ask me why...environmental toxins? Latent insanity?


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Kiev-4M
Old 04-25-2012   #769
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Kiev-4M

Newly arrived Kiev-4M. First image is in combination with a Jupiter-8 from 1955 (Arsenal).
The second is with an unknown lens, something of a mix of a Jupiter-8M and a Helios-103.



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Old 05-01-2012   #770
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Kiev 4a and Kiev 4 by alanabramsphotography, on Flickr
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Old 05-01-2012   #771
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Kiev 4 rangefinder camera with J3 & J8 & J12 lenses
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Kiev 4 rangefinder camera with J3 & J8 & J12 lenses

I'm testing the camera with B&W film...
You can see this and a lot others at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/olympusrf/


Kiev 4 rangefinder camera w- J3 & J8 & J12 lenses_8404 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Kiev 4 & Jupiter-3 & J8 & J12 lenses-6518 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Kiev 4 & Jupiter-3 & J8 & J12 lenses-6510 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr
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Click here to read my recent blog entry.

Recent arrival... From tomorrow on, it's going to join the NEX-5 as take-with-me camera. Not sure yet whether I'll throw in a color or a B/W film.












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Old 05-12-2012   #775
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My first real camera, £21 14s 6d circa 1968. A year or maybe more of saving, in relative terms the most expensive camera I've ever owned.
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My 1954 Zorki 3
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Old 05-12-2012   #777
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1954 Zorki.3
Very nice. There just isn't a more attractive FSU shooter.
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1965 Kiev 4a + Helios 103
Old 05-25-2012   #778
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1965 Kiev 4a + Helios 103


Kiev 4a by alanabramsphotography, on Flickr
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Old 05-28-2012   #780
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My Zorki4:
Nice. I much prefer the models with frames around VF/RF windows.
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Old 06-24-2012   #782
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Old 06-28-2012   #783
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1950 Kiev 2 with turret
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Old 06-28-2012   #784
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Very nice! This is the more rare 4K with cyrillic lettering....hard to find
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Old 06-28-2012   #785
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Very nice. There just isn't a more attractive FSU shooter.
I wholeheartedly agree.
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Old 06-30-2012   #786
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both are great shooters. Currently restauring a comparable fed2 with roman and cyrillic lettering
although they seem quite comparable, I think the Z6 has little but valuable extras:
- more clear viewfinder
- winding lever
- x-flash synch
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Old 07-15-2012   #788
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Old 07-15-2012   #789
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Kiev Still life

Kiev comming, first cleaning, DIY leather cap.
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Old 07-19-2012   #790
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Shutter is broken, but it still looks pretty swanky even if it is completely unusable



You know, before I got my hands on one I actually though the Zorki-6 was absolutely ugly. After seeing it in person I've come around 180. It looks good for a camera its size
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Shutter is broken, but it still looks pretty swanky even if it is completely unusable



You know, before I got my hands on one I actually though the Zorki-6 was absolutely ugly. After seeing it in person I've come around 180. It looks good for a camera its size
I had the same with Zorki 5. This camera is exactly what i need in Zorki 1 with similar size.
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I think the big thing was that the Z-6 looked very top heavy and it made the camera look much bigger than it actually is in real life. I don't have huge monster hands or anything, but once I saw it in the palm of my hand it really did look surprisingly small. Still, my FED-2 should be here next week so I'll get a good chance to compare the two
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Old 08-09-2012   #795
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Although I've wanted a similar kit for a while, I'm 100% confident I'd get hassled by the fuzz for that viewfinder.
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zorki 2s - just bought on a flea market. needs some cleaning and love before it shines again, but i already like it.

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I had always thought that the FED-2 was my favourite screwmount FSU, based on functionality and just looking way cool, but some recent posts praising the Zorki 6 talked me into buying one. They were right- this is a really nice camera!
Both cameras had the cloth covering that I stripped off and replaced with leather, an easy job and very worth the effort. So now, I just can't choose.





I specify "screwmount", because my all-time favourite FSU camera is still the very early Kiev 2, which is in some ways superior, and no ways inferior to the Contax of which it is a copy.




I keep seeing posts that say that some camera or other is better than the FED 2 because it has X-sync, presuming the FED 2 doesn't. Every FED 2 I have ever worked with synced with electronic flash just fine at 1/30. Are there some that don't?


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Every FED 2 I have ever worked with synced with electronic flash just fine at 1/30. Are there some that don't?

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Indeed your flash will fire, but not at the right moment; non of the FED 2 I had for servicing were synchronized for x, only for bulb flash. x-flash was an extra feature on some zorki's like the Z5 and Z6. There is no synchonization mechanism built into the FED 2.
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There is something strange here, I assure you that the FED 2 in the picture is correctly synchronized for electronic flash, and reliably exposes the entire frame. To the best of my knowledge, I have never worked on the sync mechanism of this camera.

It makes sense that a camera with non-adjustable sync from this period would be correct for flashbulbs rather than electronic flash, but there it is.

I recall repairing a faulty sync on a FED 2 that I sold a couple years ago. It is an unusual mechanism and rather fragile, but I don't recall having to do anything heroic to X-sync correctly on that one as well. I did not make any notes on the repair process.

I guess I will need to get another FED 2 and experiment with it. If there is some simple way to reset the sync, I'll take some pictures and post the process.

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