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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1161
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Zorki 4 earliest version, 1956.

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Zorki 2c, earliest version.

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Zorki 2c, earliest version.

Very good cameras! I am eager for shooting with my FSU cameras in China.
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Very good cameras! I am eager for shooting with my FSU cameras in China.

These days I seldom see a guy shooting with film cameras let alone a bottom loader. Good luck with your shooting.
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Has anyone ever seen another Moscow 5 like this? It has an Industar-23 11cm F4.5 lens ,a s/n of 5979781, and a frame seems from a Moscow 1 camera. Perhaps KMZ assembled this camera with left over parts?

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Zorki 4K with strap lugs.

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Here is my Kiev 4AM after it's CLA/shutter repair


and my Fed 3 in black (not original)
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Kiev IIIa with Jupiter 8m and Blue Lizard Emboss from Aki-Asahi
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Jupiter 11 in three different mounts and the according cameras plus a standard lens.

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Very nice cameras in this thread. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with the FSU-camera collection bug!

Always wanted to get an ISKRA, I heard the lens on those cameras is outstanding.
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I'm so jealous Do you have an m39 to whatever digital adapter for that Helios 40? Is it a good performer?
yes of course, M39 to EOS and you can use it with Canon analog and digital cameras. It's a beautiful performer!
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Hello from Texas!
Late last year diving back into film after 30 years.
I guess I always wanted a Leica but could never rationalize that, with the strong dollar the FSU stuff is great.
Both of these are early SN's, both CLA. I love the Zorki-zorki '51, so fun to carry and operate, the lens so sharp.
I have not finished the first roll thru the Zorki 4, a '57, it is minty fresh.

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Hi,

Welcome aboard, you've made a good start with those two but beware, you are now standing at the top of a long slippery slope. I expect you'll enjoy it.

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Nice to have you here! Glad to see you're enjoying your FSU cameras. I like both of your Zorkis, great choices. I quite like the Zorki-4, the viewfinder is big and bright. I own a couple myself.

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Hello from Texas!
Late last year diving back into film after 30 years.
I guess I always wanted a Leica but could never rationalize that, with the strong dollar the FSU stuff is great.
Both of these are early SN's, both CLA. I love the Zorki-zorki '51, so fun to carry and operate, the lens so sharp.
I have not finished the first roll thru the Zorki 4, a '57, it is minty fresh.

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Not a rangefinder, but FSU just the same.

My Kiev 88. Purchased from a Russian emigré with 4 lenses, two film backs, and a hard case for $400. Not bad!

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Welcome aboard, you've made a good start with those two but beware, you are now standing at the top of a long slippery slope. I expect you'll enjoy it.

Regards, David
No fear, I can resist.

See, I'm a guitar builder, and I only own one guitar.
Well, 2 if you count the one I only keep at home, plus the little one, but they are all my work.
Oh, I have a Martin, but I had it before I built guitars. My son has 6 or 7 guitars, he lives here & we keep them all in the same room, so I suppose together we have 12.

I have some bicycles too, not many though.
Oh, and I forgot the new guitars that I haven't sold yet.

But I will only keep two cameras.
I need to sell the Zenit & the Lubatel.
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davidnewtonguitars -- collecting FSU cameras is a MUCH cheaper hobby than collecting guitars. You've made a wise move!

FWIW I am an amateur (hack) guitar player, I have a couple of acoustics and a gorgeous electric (a Collings CL) that is my pride-and-joy. The Collings CL is a much better guitar than my abilities as a guitar player.
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I find the Zorki case good for storage, but too bulky for street use.
I didn't want to cut apart the original cases, so I made these open cases from a thick leather I had in my shop.
They work well for the intended use.

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Close-up of my "Sputnik" edition Fed-2.

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Close-up of my "Sputnik" edition Fed-2.

Are these decorated cameras original, or is the red covering, black finish, red engraving fill all later work?
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collecting FSU cameras is a MUCH cheaper hobby than collecting guitars.
Some lenses are often only a few Euro's or Dollars ....
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The Collings CL is a much better guitar than my abilities as a guitar player.
Sounds like the same scenario as my Gretsch
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Had these in SLR page but they''ll be more at home here...


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No fear, I can resist.

See, I'm a guitar builder, and I only own one guitar.
Well, 2 if you count the one I only keep at home, plus the little one, but they are all my work.
Oh, I have a Martin, but I had it before I built guitars. My son has 6 or 7 guitars, he lives here & we keep them all in the same room, so I suppose together we have 12.

I have some bicycles too, not many though.
Oh, and I forgot the new guitars that I haven't sold yet.

But I will only keep two cameras.
I need to sell the Zenit & the Lubatel.
Hi,

I have a similar problem, I can resist ex-USSR cameras and bicycles but when I point to the hundreds I've not bought my wife points to the dozens I have. So I point out I've only 18 Moultons and she ... (to be continued).

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Had these in SLR page but they''ll be more at home here...
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I think I'll do the same:-



I deliberately over-exposed it to show the innards...

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Regarding the special edition Fed-2 "Sputnik" ... I bought it off eBay from a Russian seller, I am pretty much of the opinion that the camera is not original. I assume that the Fed-2 was doctored and re-painted in order to give it that 'special' designation.

At any rate it makes a nice collector's piece.
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Regarding the special edition Fed-2 "Sputnik" ... I bought it off eBay from a Russian seller, I am pretty much of the opinion that the camera is not original. I assume that the Fed-2 was doctored and re-painted in order to give it that 'special' designation.

At any rate it makes a nice collector's piece.
Thanks, I'd wondered about it and am wondering if they'll ever do a "black" version of (say) the FED 1 etc. OTOH, I can't justify buying one just for its looks...

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