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sockeyed
02-12-2005, 09:16
Comrades,

Every once in a while, the Leicaphiles on photo.net create a thread of pictures of their own cameras in what they refer to as "Leica porn".

I say we do the same here with our Feds, Zorkis and Kievs. Dust off your favorite shooter and post a pic. It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to have a special place in your heart.

I'll start with my Fed 3A with a chrome 1958 Jupiter-12 and 35mm finder.

wlewisiii
02-12-2005, 09:26
You can see my baby (a red dressed Kiev 4a) in this thread http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2652

Soon it will have a sister... :D

William

Roman
02-12-2005, 09:41
'sockeyed', our local 'Leica Porn' thread is called 'Camera and Coffee'...

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=44479#post44479

Roman

schaubild
02-12-2005, 09:57
Hi sockeyed, the 'camera and coffee' thread would be my answer to leica-porn too. Read the 54 pages and feel how you get sucked in... :-)

sockeyed
02-12-2005, 10:08
I'm gonna go fire up my espresso machine...

Jon Goodman
02-12-2005, 10:42
This 1956 Zorki 4 has been a friend for many years. Fits right in my hand and does great work. Smooth and quiet, too.
Jon

Doug
02-12-2005, 21:39
A Kiev 4a in disguise... ;)

wblanchard
02-13-2005, 06:56
My little canon A35 F Nighter.

ddimaria
02-13-2005, 07:19
The Canon A35F, the most underated rangefinder.

wblanchard
02-13-2005, 07:36
The Canon A35F, the most underated rangefinder.

It would of been more popular but less than a year later, canon releases the auto focus AF35...which meant death to the rangefinders back in 78 or 79.

denishr
02-13-2005, 07:38
A Kiev 4a in disguise... ;)

Doug, is that a fake Sonnar, too? :D

Denis

Doug
02-13-2005, 11:19
Doug, is that a fake Sonnar, too? :DIndeed it is! The easy clue is where it says f = 5sm ;)

nwcanonman
02-16-2005, 20:58
The cute little 4K and J12, with 35mm finder. Will soon be visited by it's older sibling Zorki 6, from Mother Russia - Da?
:D

P C Headland
02-18-2005, 14:04
none of this teeny 35mm stuff.... :p

Actually, last weekend at a camera show, I was shocked at the size of one of the 35mm Contax SLRS - HUGE!

pradeep1
02-18-2005, 17:06
I am new here. Will soon have a great working Canonet QL17 next week thanks to greyhoundman. But in the mean time, I do have this "rangefinder". It is digital and I love it. It's my primary camera.

zhang
02-20-2005, 07:56
Hi Everyone,

I am new on this forum but a regular on Beststuff.com.
Here is a hybrid Fed-Zorki I assembled from parts cameras. I think it looks very cute.

zhang
02-20-2005, 08:04
Here is another one. A Zorki 4K with strap lugs and engraved numbers. I swapped a Zorki 4's body case for the 4K. But the engraved numbers are original. Does anyone ever saw another one Zorki 4K with engraved numbers?

Roman
02-20-2005, 08:18
Welcome Zhang!
I remember quite a few of your rare cameras and weird combinations from the Beststuff forum...

Roman

Doug
02-20-2005, 11:44
Zhang, welcome! Beautiful like-new cameras, and nice pics too.

zhang
02-20-2005, 14:42
:confused:

Hi Roman and Doug,

Thank you both for the welcome. I have seen you on the beststuff forum for quite sometime. Missed you but don't know why?

Fedzilla_Bob
02-20-2005, 16:11
(I think I must have messed-up my earlier post)

Hi- I'm new here and I am a Soviet camera newbie.

I just wanted to drop in and show a few of my Russian rangefinders along with some of their Japanese distant cousins. All shot with my Canon G2.

BTW- learning a lot here!

back alley
02-20-2005, 16:29
welcome to the forum.

you'll find a few russian camera users here.

how do like that g2? i just got one to play around with and i like it, makes quick snaps so easy.

joe

Fedzilla_Bob
02-20-2005, 17:11
Thanks!

The G2 is neat. It is capable of very decent images. I have been working with it's various quirks. One of which is its slowness when focusing. To remedy this I shoot it manually using "hyperfocal" rules.

A good tip- get the "Lensmate" filter adapter. It has already saved this camera from an expensive repair after a fall at Legoland, CA.

If only the G2 would hold on to the manual focus the user sets until it is told to change.

The funny part is the G2 is why I started down the road of "rangefinderdom." I got tired of fussing with the controls. I remembered how cool and simple my old Minolta SRT101 in high school was. Which led to repeated ebay visits and endless web research. Which led to rangefinders and inevitably to looking up Leicas on ebay. Then lo and behold LEICA COPIES!

Ah, the simplicity. And, I can work on the darn things myself without having to pay the Leica tariff for parts and repair.

Of course... I would love to own a Lieca... but being unemployed doesn't help that desire one bit. Besides, I can take out two of these. Each loaded with different film and different lenses. All without having to worry about being held up or rip-offs.

wlewisiii
02-20-2005, 17:45
Welcome and be very very carefull - there is a very dangerous virus around here called FSU-GAS. It has two manifestations - one for LTM and one for CRFM (LOL). I'm one of the local Kievaholics so if you get that version too, don't worry you'll still be in good company around here :D

I don't need no Lieca, but I do want my Contax III back from Henry's Day Spa... I just have to figure out how to pay for it once it's done! :eek: :bang: :eek:

William

back alley
02-20-2005, 18:24
bob, does that lensmate look like an extension tube with threads on each end?
i assumed at first it was like a lens hood, then figured it was for filters but i'm new to digital and wondered what filter i could possibly use.
i actually forgot about it till this post.
what do you use it for?

joe

Fedzilla_Bob
02-20-2005, 19:23
the lensmate for the G2 looks like this-
http://www.lensmateonline.com/G2start.html

I use mine for a UV filter and for a Polarizing filter (you can use circular or linear). It also acts as a lens hood most of the time.

When my G2 dropped at Legoland it bounced from one corner of the camera onto the Lensmate. Camera body is dinged, the lens was extended within the lensmate. The Lensmate was not even scratched. The Polarizing filter also managed to remain unscathed.

I think the Lensmate is powder coated. Hmmmmm... a titanium colored powder coated Fed 3 (enter Waynes World dream sequence audio here).

I had to bring this topic back to the soviet camera thing ;)

2REP
02-20-2005, 23:39
Greetings everyone,

I'm newbie to this forum and I've just received my FED 5B today.

And here it is (sorry for the pooq quality since I took this picture with my lowly camera phone ...)

Cheers,

2REP

back alley
02-21-2005, 05:50
fedzilla,
thanks for the info. i didn't realize that gene was throwing in yet another extra when he sold me the g2.
i tried the lenmate and like the look and it make sense to use. my problem is that the bag i bought is way too small & does not allow the camera & lensmate to fit.

back to the drawing board...
joe

back alley
02-21-2005, 05:51
welcome 2rep!

i'm sure the fed will do a much better job than your phone.

joe

Carburo
02-21-2005, 07:59
Here you have the one I love :)

2REP
02-21-2005, 10:28
welcome 2rep!

i'm sure the fed will do a much better job than your phone.

joe

Thank you Joe.

The FED will definitely do a better job! By the way I will take it with me on my Thailand trip tomorrow (err ... maybe today since it is 3:15am here in HKG now). And see how I go with my first RF camera ... hee hee

Cheers,

Colin (I suppose I have to sign with my real name, right? :) )

back alley
02-21-2005, 10:47
Colin (I suppose I have to sign with my real name, right?

only if you want to be treated like a real person.

X;)

vladhed
02-21-2005, 18:57
I just wanted to drop in and show a few of my Russian rangefinders along with some of their Japanese distant cousins.

Nice collection Fedzilla_Bob. I think it is time to get a FED 2 to keep my Zorki 4 company :-)

Fedzilla_Bob
02-22-2005, 22:10
Nice collection Fedzilla_Bob. I think it is time to get a FED 2 to keep my Zorki 4 company :-)
Maybe I should a picture up of the disfunctional members of my found rangers. It's pretty scary stuff ;), but fun. With that bunch I have projects through next Christmas.

Tune in Friday...

srosenbach
02-23-2005, 16:00
Here's me and my 1964 Kiev 4a, 50mm Jupiter 8 f/2.

I almost exclusively shoot digital these days, but when I shoot film, I love the Kiev 4a.

Best regards,
SteveR

See new photos every week at
http://www.usefilm.com/photographer/23776.html

Catch my random neuron firings at
http://TheRosenblog.Blogspot.com

Roman
02-24-2005, 00:17
Hi Comrade Stoisha,
hadn't noticed that you're a member here:
Everybody else,
Steve sold me my first Kiev 4, which is still going strong...
Roman

srosenbach
02-24-2005, 05:48
Hello Tovarish Roman!

Yes, I lurk in this forum and pop up once in a while :-)

Best regards,
SteveR

Warren T.
02-24-2005, 06:27
This is the one that started my return to RF after having gone about 90% digital. Steve, we seem to keep running into each other! :)

Fed2B (http://fototime.com/99D5D381526A247/standard.jpg)

Warren T.

nwcanonman
02-24-2005, 07:00
Hi,
Has anyone had experience with Ebay seller "Sovietclassic17" ?
I've paid him for a Zorki 6, but haven't recieved any reply from him (not even automated email). I'm hoping for the best.

nwcanonman
02-24-2005, 07:14
HA - As soon as I wrote that I checked today's email and have received confirmation from Sovietclassic17 that the "6" is on it's way to me! The wait begins ~ ; - )

kai
02-24-2005, 10:58
Greetings, all, and "fancy meeting you here" to Steve, Roman and Zhang (anyone else from the RCUG here?)

My little Zorki-1 attached; not sure if it'll work as this is the first time I've uploaded a photo here...

Kai

vladhed
02-24-2005, 17:25
Love your Avatar too!

Fedzilla_Bob
02-25-2005, 16:51
Maybe I should a picture up of the disfunctional members of my found rangers. It's pretty scary stuff ;), but fun. With that bunch I have projects through next Christmas.

Tune in Friday...

OK... here they are... you've seen the good and the bad. Now here are the just plain ugly. In pic one are four non FSU sad sacks. At top left is an Electro 35 that doesn't respond to a fresh battery. It has no lights, no shutter speed changes, nothing. It wreeked of pot when I opened it's box from the ebay seller. It included a film holder that said "Saigon," which I thought might have contents other than film. Alas, no vintage reefer from a bygone war. The Top right Electro has a shutter stuck wide open.

The GT... suffered a meltdown. You can see what happened to it's mercury battery in the second Photo. I think one of the Electros will become an organ donor for this one. The other will be re-animated.

The minox actually works inspite of very tiny rusted screws and a broken "draw bridge" that has been temporarily/perminently repaired with gaffer's tape.

The FED 3 was one half of a 9 dollar "2fer parts" from the Ukraine. The shutter works. I am not shure about the shutter speeds though. This will become a donor for "painted lady" (all black).

2maneekameras
02-27-2005, 02:26
I got a little carried away with the idea of uploading a picture of my FSU cameras. I ended up piling up most of my rangerfinders into one photo.

Gordon Coale
02-27-2005, 08:52
2maneekameras -- Only too much is enough!

bioer
02-28-2005, 06:00
My Kiev 4AM with a lot of Jupiter 12. (KMZ-Biogon type, LZOS white, LZOS black, Arsenal Biogon type and .....I think I have all types)..Welcome to my gallery for Russian Rangefinder. (http://RusRF.biz)

kiev4a
02-28-2005, 06:18
http://home.att.net/~wayne.cornell/camera/cameralist.html

kiev4a
03-01-2005, 06:40
Zorki 1B with Sync in 2C body (strap lugs) Zorki 1c/2d with 20mm Vivitar M42 (need a viewfinder but just about everythin is in focus). I also like the Mir because it is one of the most reliable FSU cameras -- no slow speed shutter mechanism.

vladhed
03-01-2005, 07:42
Zorki 1B with Sync in 2C body (strap lugs) Zorki 1c/2d with 20mm Vivitar M42 (need a viewfinder but just about everythin is in focus). I also like the Mir because it is one of the most reliable FSU cameras -- no slow speed shutter mechanism.

Hey Wayne! Great web site you have. It was very useful when I was shopping for my first FSU camera.

kiev4a
03-01-2005, 07:48
Thanks for the compliment. Wish my wife appreciated it as much. :)

kiev4a
03-02-2005, 06:40
Hello Zhang and Roman. Seems to be quite a few Beststuffers discovering this forum.
Wayne

zhang
03-02-2005, 15:22
Hello Zhang and Roman. Seems to be quite a few Beststuffers discovering this forum.
Wayne

Hi Wayne,

Nice to see you here. you've got some really nice cameras! Let's show off our beautiful Soviet cameras to the world. I find the Chinese photographer extremely amusing on the first message.;-)))
Here are some more to come.

wlewisiii
03-08-2005, 07:09
This is probably as good a place for this as any. I got my wife an HP allinone (printer/scanner/copier) for her birthday and tested the scanner with this shot. It is of me at church shooting an event with my Kiev 4a with my Jupiter 11 mounted. Just thought it would be fun to share the shot from a friend (SLR but at least of an RF :) )

webb3201
03-08-2005, 19:27
This is my favorite Russian camera, a black Kiev 4AM. I have a Jupiter 8, Jupiter 12, and a Helios lens, with the 12 being my favorite.

supermarcel23
03-11-2005, 01:50
Just for the fun of taking pictures with real cameras when today's time seems to be for little plastic boxes...

Somebody in the street asked me when he saw the Zorki 1b :
-Is it a new digital camera ?
I laughed a lot before tolding him, sorry no, it's a Russian camera that has 53 years now...

Roman
03-11-2005, 13:03
Marcel,
nice 35mm finder on that Kiev - what brand is this?
I just got my Voigtländer Kontur 35mm finder today, and using that will take quite a bit of adjusting (of my eyes, not of the camera)...

Roman

supermarcel23
03-12-2005, 06:26
It's a Leidolf Wetzlar 35mm finder made in germany, bought it on the bay around 25 $, I was amazed I did get it for this price ! When I see how much can make a nice finder this days...
I was looking at a Kontur finder too, but it is gone now...
Ah yes, the finder : When I developped my first rolls, I saw it was a 80% finder !:rolleyes:

Duncan Ross
03-12-2005, 07:03
..and here is my Kiev. When a longer lens is fitted and the hotshoe taken up with the viewfinder the flashgun ends up like this!

Doug
03-12-2005, 10:20
That's quite a contraption, Duncan! You have a source for flash bulbs? (Is that an M2 bulb?)

Duncan Ross
03-12-2005, 11:31
Nearlt, that's an M25B (had to double check there!)

Er, my source is basically ebay and I've got between 1000 and 2000 bulbs at the moment. I only use flashbulbs for flash as I prefer the results to electronic flash.

Best place to look is Germany (search for blitzbirnen,blitzwürfel,blitzwürfeln) and try to buy by the case. Shipping is cheap as they contain mainly air!

Let me know if you would like some to try!

Duncan

Doug
03-12-2005, 14:12
Thanks for the flashbulb info and generosity!

Gordon Coale
03-12-2005, 14:55
What's the difference between a 25B and a M25B? I'm about to go forward into the past with my Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2015&page=7&pp=20&highlight=brownie) which uses a 25 or 25b. These little suckers thow out the light! (I guess this is getting pretty off topic so I will include a gratuitous repost of a portrait of my FED.)

Duncan Ross
03-12-2005, 15:31
Only the size. The 25B (middle) is the sort for your Hawkeye (and I would hunt around for some 25ASA film while you're at it unless you want to stand really far away from your subject!) whereas the M25B has the midget 'M' type base. Both have the same output of about [email protected]

'M' base midget bulbs are *much* cheaper than the larger bulbs so you might look around for a bulb adaptor so that you can use them in your Brownie!

Duncan Ross
03-13-2005, 01:55
If I can make a final off-topic comment, one of the best things about flashbulbs is that you can use tungsten-balanced ones. If you are on colour print film try using clear bulbs instead of daylight 'B' bulbs indoors. The difference is enormous, no more pasty-white faces against brown backgrounds with strange orange room-lights. If you're using slide you can always stick a 40B/40C filter on the front.

Have fun!

Zorkiiglaza
03-13-2005, 13:14
Here are a few of mine, These are from the old days of serious Soviet GAS

I should have used 25 cameras!

This image was submitted to Shutterbug several years ago for their 25th Anniversary

cabinet1991
04-02-2005, 22:36
zorki 1 and industar collapsible lens,great user and companion:-))

Kris
04-03-2005, 01:15
I think I've been bitten by FSU bug. I'd better stop visiting this place before suddenly waking up with cameras all over the table and floor of my house.

:D

Tim
04-03-2005, 03:26
oh Kris, that's sad....first Leica's, then FSU....

there's no hope for you now!