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Henricus
09-06-2003, 16:02
Has anyone here done business with SOVIETFOTO on ebay? He has a lot of FSU cameras, stuff and watches. Fairly decent prices, some crap, but overall I like his wares.

SolaresLarrave
09-06-2003, 19:23
Henricus, if you're interested on Russian rangefinders, I got this website through a PopPhoto forum member:

http://www.sovietcamera.com.ua/

The owner seems a pretty reasonable person, and, if you compare it with some of the charges you face at eBay, the gear is nicely priced. Good luck!

Henricus
09-06-2003, 20:34
Thanks Francisco, I've not bought from this guy before, but I have checked him out. I have a list of reliable sellers and I was hoping to add Sovietfoto to my list, but before I did I wanted to hear from real customers. If you are interested I have bought many cameras and lenses from the following:

I've bought more stuff from this guy than anyone else and I have always been satisfied.
Alex Photo (http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=64603236)

This Ukrainian bombshell can find just about any camera you want and is very honest. I bought my first camera from her and many bodies for parts and lens from this beauty.
Anya of Odessa (http://anya-of-odessa.com/)

This fella is based in New York and runs an honest business. Although he is more expensive than most FSU sellers, his stuff is top notch.
FEDKA (http://www.fedka.com/Frames/Main_Frame.htm)

I haven't bought any cameras from this guy, but I have had three cameras and a lens worked on by him. He does excellent work and is very cheap!
Oleg Khalyavin (http://www.okvintagecamera.com/parts.html)

This guy is based in the Ukraine and sells custom Kiev 88CMs. I bought the ARAX-MLU-SE with Italian leather from him. She is a doll and works like a champ!
Arax (http://araxfoto.com/)

My list is too long, but these are my favorites if anyone else is interested.

Rich Silfver
09-06-2003, 20:50
Here's another vote for Fedka. I bought a Lubitel 166U from him without any trouble whatsoever.

Henricus
09-06-2003, 21:15
Comrades,
I just got the news that Sovietfoto is the old Auswise on *bay. I have never bought from him, but I have heard pretty horrible stories about doing business with this fella. I'm staying away.

taffer
09-08-2003, 11:51
Hi!,

from the sites I find mentioned here, I can give my 2 cents about:

- Anya of Odessa (http://anya-of-odessa.com) , the beauty of Odessa, I got my first FSU RF (FED-2) from her too :), as well as my Jupiter-12. Nice, honest and communicative, you can't ask for more !

- SovietCamera (http://www.sovietcamera.com.ua) , got My Lubitel 166 Universal there. Good price, communication and service.

No deals made with the others... yet :)

Cheers,

taffer
11-06-2003, 14:29
The search feature of the forum has proved to be very useful !

I was looking at some auctions from the seller Sovietfoto but remembered reading some info about him here. After reading Henricus comments I think me and my wallet are better staying away... maybe the reputation is undeserved, but anyway I prefer not to risk my money without necessity.

But in order to increase the list of possitive experiences, I've had good deals from dvdtechnik (Mint Kiev 4AM) and [email protected] (Zorki 3M).

Holms had a lot of interesting stuff, but since a couple of months ago his auction list is empty, I wonder why.

jdos2
11-07-2003, 07:26
I've bought from both Anya and Oleg. The Kiev 4 bought from Anya is a great camera- but the flash sync doesn't work so I'm sending it in for repair (NOT a solder problem, sadly). The Moskva-5 from Oleg works perfectly (I've posted a picture in the Folder forum), and I've ordered a Kiev-4 from him- to be delivered sometime next week, G-d willing!

There have been a couple other e-Bay sellers from which I've bought, with good luck- those orders were Kiev/Contax mount lenses.

Of course, when I buy from e-Bay, any transaction across the ocean, I look at it as money to be thrown away. I realize that though I might be able to get money back, or a replacement, I shouldn't bet on it, and I can't get angry about it.

taffer
11-08-2003, 12:25
Of course, when I buy from e-Bay, any transaction across the ocean, I look at it as money to be thrown away. I realize that though I might be able to get money back, or a replacement, I shouldn't bet on it, and I can't get angry about it.

100% agree. There's nothing completely risk-free in this life, that's why the 'no more than $50' rule is useful :)

It's all about bussiness, after all...