Originally Posted by captainslack
Just gave into GAS and bought one of these from a guy in Canada for $50. Can anyone give me some insight into what I can expect?
I have a Moskva 5 and I was lucky, because shutter is ok and bellows tight. But results were not very good, the camera did not focus as it should, although the lens is in pristine condition. I got to the following link http://www.dvdtechcameras.com/info/1.htm
and followed the instructions on correcting infinity focus. It was not a rangefinder misaligment but only lens adjustment: the front element rotates (for adjustment) and may rotate inadvertly, making focus very difficult (and soft pictures!).
Since then, very happy shooting! The lens is ok and 6x9 chromes are wonderful to watch. When closed, the camera is small enough to carry around easily (it's more compact than my Rolleiflex 3.5f).
It's not a fast camera. Tripod, soft release, take your time. Some quirks on ergonomics (left shutter release, terrible viewfinder, stiff focus...) but if you take it slow, it's ok.
Picture quality is not the same as the Planar 75/3.5 from my Rollei but it's pretty decent.
Have fun with it!