Russian Elmars = confusion ?
I have a Fed '' clip '' collapsible , lense from a Fed 2 . And various I 22 / I 50 ... some of which have been pressed into service on my Leica M 8 as well as my twin Fed 1g '' Leicas '' [ not all are calibrated to a Leica , but are fine on the Zotrkis and Feds ]
The Fed is brilliant . Crisp and '' bright '' on my M 8 , yet is notably the same family as my 30s and 50s Elmars [ and Summitar ] ... yet I am told that Russian copies followed Zeiss practise , rather than Leitz , which I associate with a sharper '' harder '' style ... even my I 50 '' Ugly Bug '' rigid is so similar to the Fed to be virtually the same .
It's quite different from the Helios on the Kiev , and a late new / old stock J 8 , which i do not find so '' pictorial " ... i gather that these certainly are Zeiss designs ...
Leica M 8 . Leica Dig 3 and L 1 . Leica II / Leica IIIc . Mint 1952 Kiev 2 etc Taking snapshots and keeping ASdee contained .