I've been shooting film for around 6-7 years and although I do own a digital SLR I much prefer the whole process of shooting film, and I processing my own B&W. I have been using a Mamiya 645, Pentax K1000 and a couple of old TLRs mostly but I recently started to look at some of the more compact medium format cameras - mainly the Fuji GS645s and Bronica's RF645.
I heard mostly good things, but being totally new to the rangefinder system I wasn't sure I wanted to invest a load of money in something I wouldn't be comfortable using. That's when I started looking at some of the Russian folders, the Iskra immediately stood out, coupled rangefinder, the winding mechanism, and the Tessar design lens.
I found a decent example online and bought it, I was a little dissapointed at first due to the infamous winding mechanism not working, but it turned out that the back was not pushed on properly. I really like the focussing system and I must admit that depending on the circumstances I prefer it to focussing with the Mamiya 645.
I think it's an absolutely beautiful camera and it's pocketable too if you have large-ish pockets. Having shot a few rolls of film and gotten used to the slight eccentricites of the camera I think it's really quite easy to use and will probably become my "day-trip travel camera". Finally I'd like to thank this forum for helping my decision, as I have trawled through the archives looking for every post made about the Iskra before I made the buy!
a few pictures from the first (and only so far) B&W roll i've shot (click to enlarge). Shot on HP5.