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joefrost
11-19-2004, 06:59
Is there some kind of russian lens database? I'm curious as to what I should be hunting out on eb*y.

And just to clarify, the Fed's screw mount is called M39?

Thanks
Joe

mac_wt
11-19-2004, 07:15
M39 or LTM (Leica Thread Mount) or Leica Screw Mount. I don't know of a complete database, but I get most of my information from these sites:

Photoethnography (http://www.photoethnography.com/equipment.html)
Cameraquest (http://www.cameraquest.com/classics.htm)
Alfred's Camera page (http://cameras.alfredklomp.com/)
Commie Cameras (http://www.commiecameras.com/)

Regards, Wim

Laika
11-19-2004, 07:15
Have a look at the lens section @ http://www.commiecameras.com/

And yes the FED & Zorki take the M39 (LTM) thread lens. Do a little research before buying Soviet M39 lenses, some are made for the older Zenit SLR's and wont work on a rangefinder (at least till you can spot the differences in a photo).

Good luck with your shopping :)

g0tr00t
11-19-2004, 07:17
Hmm.. Here is some info....me thinks...

http://fedka.com/Frames/Main_Frame.htm

http://fedka.com/Frames/links.htm

http://fedka.com/catalog/

joefrost
11-19-2004, 07:44
Originally posted by Laika
Have a look at the lens section @ http://www.commiecameras.com/

And yes the FED & Zorki take the M39 (LTM) thread lens. Do a little research before buying Soviet M39 lenses, some are made for the older Zenit SLR's and wont work on a rangefinder (at least till you can spot the differences in a photo).

Good luck with your shopping :)

Ah, ha so this lens http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=707&item=3854034449&rd=1
wouldn't work on the rangefinder. Thankfully the seller states that, but I wouldn't have any idea really.

Thanks all. I'll take a look at the sites.

These things are addictive. Each little bit is so inexpensive it's hard to say no. My wife doesn't seem to appreciate the beauty of ancient cameras.... Alas.


Joe

peter_n
11-19-2004, 08:05
Right they are very inexpensive and it is a big problem. ;) It appears to be easy to collect a lot of them. The problem is that the quality is all over the shop and I have read that the chance of getting a good sample is about 1 in 4. You can reduce those odds by doing a bit of research, there is some info here and on other forums that is helpful. I am interested in a 135mm and a 50mm in Leica screw-mount and there's plenty to read on the internet about both of these lenses, I'm sure that's true of other lenses too.

John Robertson
11-19-2004, 17:53
There is the official KMZ site mostly in russian, bit still interesting.
http://www.zenit.istra.ru/catalog/lenseslist.html
you can use Babelfish or similar to translate.