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Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-03-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 699
Posted By Elmar Lang
I'm a satisfied Contax-II/III and Kiev...

I'm a satisfied Contax-II/III and Kiev user.

Yes, the problem can be in the shutter strips, but it's not the tragedy most people talk about.

My first Kiev-4A was bought by me in 1975 and regularly...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-14-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,057
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, through those holes passed a string, held...

Hello,

through those holes passed a string, held by a lead seal impressed with the factory's final quality control office that accepted each finished/packed camera for delivery to stores.

I've...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By Elmar Lang
We need to remember that the Jena Contax was...

We need to remember that the Jena Contax was produced in a small number of pieces. Let's add the circumstances of its birth and we shall understand that rarity and history are factors justifying a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello Paul, I have a prewar Contax-II and a III,...

Hello Paul,

I have a prewar Contax-II and a III, both belonged to my late grandfather; also a IIa and a IIIa.

My first "Contax" feel, was with a Kiev-4A, bought back in 1975, having learnt the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By Elmar Lang
Further pictures:

Further pictures:
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-22-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By Elmar Lang
My Jena Contax

Hello,

after a long search, I am happy for having found a "Jena" Contax.

This piece, comes from a now dissolved, Italian collection. There was another, wonderfully preserved piece, but a fellow...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-04-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By Elmar Lang
Yes, it's pretty normal and that's the same also...

Yes, it's pretty normal and that's the same also with the Contax-IIa/IIIa.

Even the Contax-S need to keep pressed the sprocket disengage button for the whole rewind operation.

The Italian...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-02-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,861
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I'm lucky enough to have a Contax-IIIa...

Hello,

I'm lucky enough to have a Contax-IIIa complete with its black eyepiece-ring.

I can say that it's made of a material closely resembling to Bakelite or black, hard plastic.

With surprise,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-09-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By Elmar Lang
There's also a postwar Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar...

There's also a postwar Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 35/2,8 "T" that can be used either on the Contax-II/III, or the IIa/IIIa
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-21-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 643
Posted By Elmar Lang
My fault for not having paid attention to this...

My fault for not having paid attention to this thread: lately, I'm very busy with work, often travelling abroad and the time to check online sales is very limited.

I'd love having a real "Jena"...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-21-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 3,435
Posted By Elmar Lang
My "Zeiss Ikon" logo Contax-IIa has the focus...

My "Zeiss Ikon" logo Contax-IIa has the focus impressed in feet: is the same with the other ones in this discussion?

If so, they could belong to a batch sent to the US...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-27-2018
Replies: 101
Views: 11,211
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, The Kern Macro Switar 50mm. f:1,9 in the...

Hello,

The Kern Macro Switar 50mm. f:1,9 in the 42x1 thread mount, is like any other screw mount 50mm. lens, as the Pentacon Auto or the Helios-44: thread-mount with the diaphragm pin connection for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-27-2018
Replies: 101
Views: 11,211
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I agree with the statement about the...

Hello,
I agree with the statement about the rarity of the Kern Macro Switar 50/1,9 in the "Japanese" barrel: actually, very few of them (I think, less than 100),has been assembled).

This, affects...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-24-2018
Replies: 101
Views: 11,211
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I omitted to follow this interesting...

Hello,

I omitted to follow this interesting thread, although I'm a happy user of Alpa (11Si) cameras.

One of the two I have, is fitted with a Macro-Switar 50/1,9 of the last batch, fitted in the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-14-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By Elmar Lang
and here:...

and here: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/zeiss_ikon/zeiss_ikon_contaflex_super_bc/zeiss_ikon_contaflex_super_bc.htm you can find the instruction manual of the camera, giving all the useful information...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-21-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,947
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, re. the compatibility of Nikkor-S lenses...

Hello,

re. the compatibility of Nikkor-S lenses on the Contax and vice-versa,
I would like to remember a paper that Nippon Kogaku usually attached to its lenses' booklets; a paper that perhaps is...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-12-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
I congratulate for the extremely fine set! Enzo

I congratulate for the extremely fine set!

Enzo
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
I have one CZJ-Fernobjektiv 500/8 T in 42x1...

I have one CZJ-Fernobjektiv 500/8 T in 42x1 mount, "wrinkled" paint finish, no. 3967729 (thus, made in 1954).

Despite its optical simplicity, I've always found it very effective and relatively...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Very interesting!

Very interesting!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, my Flektoskop (I'm not sure that the no....

Hello,

my Flektoskop (I'm not sure that the no. would be visible enough in the pictures), is number 17832; the Jena Sonnar 180/2,8 bears the number 3114372.

I know Charles Barringer's article in...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-07-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello Johan, interesting to know, that in the...

Hello Johan,

interesting to know, that in the past, at least in Gothenburg, many Flektoskope of this transitional type appeared, thus the info given by H.J. Kuc has to be considered as his own...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, that accessory on the...

Hello,

that accessory on the winding/shutter-setting knob, shouldn't be a Zeiss-made accessory, but was professionally made for sure. In my opinion, the hinged handle is not from a Kiev, but the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-03-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Thank you for your reply with further...

Thank you for your reply with further data.

Actually, I already have a 1955-made CZJ-Sonnar 180/2,8 belonged to my late father: he used it with his Contax-S (that I still use).

Nearly 2 years ago,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-03-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Thank you very much for the contributions and...

Thank you very much for the contributions and advise.

This morning I've bought a rubber-fitted wrench at a local plumbing store and the lens, after some effort, unscrewed off the Flektoskop mount....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-27-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, thank you for the kind words and...

Hello,

thank you for the kind words and info.

Looking at the base of the lens, I could see three tiny screws on that section of the lens barrel where the red sign and the depth-of-field scale is...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-26-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, the silver sliding button on the plate...

Hello,

the silver sliding button on the plate bearing the Zeiss Jena logo and the serial number, unlocks the ring with stops to rotate the system, in order to take pictures either horizontally, or...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-26-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Further pictures (all images have been kindly...

Further pictures (all images have been kindly provided by the seller: I've just received the set):
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-26-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
Posted By Elmar Lang
Flektoskop

Hello,

recently, thanks to the kindness of a German dealer, I've acquired a Flektoskop set with the Sonnar 180mm. f:2,8 that, after the serial number, can be dated to the year 1948.

From what I've...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-12-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
Reaching this hammer price, means that there...

Reaching this hammer price, means that there should have been two bidders at least...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-10-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
I'll close my 1947 Kiev in a bank vault...

I'll close my 1947 Kiev in a bank vault...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-10-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
Sold for 2.000,- Euro, plus buyer's commission.

Sold for 2.000,- Euro, plus buyer's commission.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-09-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
I see that all comments, perfectly coincide with...

I see that all comments, perfectly coincide with my own observations, written in my opening post.

Due to the very good reputation of Westlicht, I am sure that it was just a human mistake. I haven't...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-09-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
Well, they're humans, so mistakes can...

Well, they're humans, so mistakes can occur...

by the way, if an auction house intentionally writes incorrect descriptions (and this isn't the case), only to improve their income from the sellers'...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-09-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
I will contact them. They usually reply with...

I will contact them.

They usually reply with excellent information and detail.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-08-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
Perhaps another thing that persuaded the author...

Perhaps another thing that persuaded the author of the catalogue description, to write: " (...)possibly made for field testing purposes without revealing the brand name." ...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-08-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Posted By Elmar Lang
A curious "Contax-II" in auction

Hello,

on the coming Saturday, Westlicht (Vienna), will take its usual, beautiful auction of vintage and historical cameras.

Looking at the pages with the RF Contax cameras, I've noticed lot no....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-12-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,342
Posted By Elmar Lang
Another "vintage", post-1945 35mm. is Carl Zeiss...

Another "vintage", post-1945 35mm. is Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 35/2,8, that perfectly fits on the IIa/IIIa, not having the mentioned, protruding rear element.

Only, the Biometar is not really easy...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-23-2017
Replies: 101
Views: 11,211
Posted By Elmar Lang
What an interesting thread! I also love the...

What an interesting thread!

I also love the Alpa, of which I'm not a collector, although I've had the chance to find some of them, especially of the 11 series.

The book of Lothar Thewes is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-23-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, thank you for the input. Pity, my 11Si...

Hello,

thank you for the input.

Pity, my 11Si has the infinity regulation that is uncorrect. I haven't sent the camera for service yet, because in the meantime... I've found a further 11Si with...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-11-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,721
Posted By Elmar Lang
Thank you very much for the info! Best wishes,...

Thank you very much for the info!
Best wishes,
Enzo
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-08-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,721
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I've left a note also in another room of...

Hello,

I've left a note also in another room of this Forum, in order to know whether Mr. Kersten would still be in the business of camera repair.

My question, because I see that his websites have...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-08-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 4,449
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I would like to revive this discussion...

Hello,

I would like to revive this discussion and ask if Mr. Uwe Kersten would be still active in camera repair.

I've seen two Contarex (S and SE) very well serviced by him a few years ago and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-04-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 3,435
Posted By Elmar Lang
Being finally back home, I can update with the...

Being finally back home, I can update with the serial no. of my front-embossed-logo "Zeiss Ikon" Contax IIa: U 2088 with Zeiss Opton 1:2 Sonnar 50mm. s/n 686757.

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-27-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 815
Posted By Elmar Lang
It is almost sure that very few pieces of the...

It is almost sure that very few pieces of the Contax (of the II model) have been issued with a black finish, but a IIa should have been a privately-modified piece (I have a kitsch, gilt, IIa).

Ask...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-26-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1,983
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I recall that it was thoroughly studied...

Hello,

I recall that it was thoroughly studied what happened with the machinery to make the Kiev: the Zeiss plant where the Contax was made, although damaged, still had parts and tools for a limited...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-25-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 3,435
Posted By Elmar Lang
I've seen this thread only now and I would like...

I've seen this thread only now and I would like to add that I have one of those IIa with Zeiss Ikon logo embossed above the self-timer lever. It was bought at a dealer in Milan, back in 2011. It...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-07-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, as a matter of interest, back in 2013,...

Hello,

as a matter of interest, back in 2013, I've posted a paper from Nippon Kogaku, informing about the difference in focusing of their lenses, vs. Contax Zeiss...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-07-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 4,721
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I have a Contax-III (body M.31013) with a...

Hello,

I have a Contax-III (body M.31013) with a CZJ Sonnar 50/1,5 T, no. 2520013 and a further, T Sonnar 50/1,5, no. 2553911.

Best wishes,

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-07-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 4,721
Posted By Elmar Lang
double posting by mistake

double posting by mistake
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-29-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,441
Posted By Elmar Lang
I am an addict of the Kiev-Contax RF system. My...

I am an addict of the Kiev-Contax RF system.

My first Kiev was a 1968-made one, purchased back in 1975 when I was nearly 17 years old.

Comparing it to an original Contax-II, I can say that it was...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-10-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,819
Posted By Elmar Lang
Thank you very much for the interesting info re....

Thank you very much for the interesting info re. the pilot, his voenkomat, etc.

R.I.P. to the fallen Soldier.

Enzo (E.L.)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-08-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,819
Posted By Elmar Lang
By the way, do exist a complete reportage of the...

By the way, do exist a complete reportage of the discovery and excavations of the airplane and its contents?

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-08-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,826
Posted By Elmar Lang
Dear Wes, thank you for your reply. Actually,...

Dear Wes,

thank you for your reply.

Actually, my grandfather owned a Contax-I first, then the II, bought late in 1937 and, after the war, a IIa/IIIa. I also have a III, belonged to him, but I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-07-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 7,554
Posted By Elmar Lang
Well, I don't think that the UK could have been...

Well, I don't think that the UK could have been particularly "friendly" with the USSR.

Italy held a different position perhaps, due to the fact that in my country took place the biggest and better...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 03-07-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 2,670
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I've found this thread, while searching...

Hello,

I've found this thread, while searching more info about this camera.

I've recently bought one and I can say that it is a very well built instrument, with an excellent finish.

I've tried a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-07-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,826
Posted By Elmar Lang
A book about the Tenax-II would be a great...

A book about the Tenax-II would be a great contribution on an excellent and relatively less-known camera.

My own Tenax-II, body no. J. 89893 and CZJ Sonnar 1:2 f=4cm no. 1845179, belonged to my...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-07-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,819
Posted By Elmar Lang
Interesting pictures indeed. Are there more of...

Interesting pictures indeed.

Are there more of them, on the recovery of that airplane's remains?

Was the pilot identified?

Best wishes,

Enzo (E.L.)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-07-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 7,554
Posted By Elmar Lang
Actually, my first 35mm. camera, was a 1968-made...

Actually, my first 35mm. camera, was a 1968-made Kiev-4A, bought back in 1975, when I was 16 years old. It was (almost) identical to my grandfather's Contax-II on which he taught me the fundamentals...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-12-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 6,815
Posted By Elmar Lang
This is exactly the same hood I've received back...

This is exactly the same hood I've received back in 1979, along with my grandfather's Contax-II outfit, still mounted on his 50/1,5 Sonnar.

I had a J-3 already and this lens hood did a perfect job...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-07-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,500
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hi, I think that both of us have the same...

Hi,

I think that both of us have the same reasons.

Only, I suspect that my wife can read Russian...

All the best, Enzo
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-05-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,500
Posted By Elmar Lang
I was not referring to the camera model, but to...

I was not referring to the camera model, but to the lady model, mentioned at the beginning of the discussion...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-04-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,500
Posted By Elmar Lang
So, we should assume that the well-known model,...

So, we should assume that the well-known model, is "advance lever actioned"...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-04-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 7,554
Posted By Elmar Lang
A great contribution, thank you (btw, that...

A great contribution, thank you (btw, that catalogue of Soyuzposyltorg is a most interesting document.

Enzo (E.L.)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-04-2017
Replies: 80
Views: 7,554
Posted By Elmar Lang
I need to say that in the '60s -for instance-...

I need to say that in the '60s -for instance- USSR-made cameras were officially imported and distributed in Italy by the "F.O.S. -Foto Ottica Sovietica", then from their successors, the Atemsa and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2016
Replies: 44
Views: 4,370
Posted By Elmar Lang
Good old Josif Vissarionovich would have sent the...

Good old Josif Vissarionovich would have sent the author to Kolyma for a long vacation...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Majzenberg is the bible of any enthusiast of...

The Majzenberg is the bible of any enthusiast of FSU cameras, even if not into repair, at least as a fine reading.

The .pdf of this book (at least of its English edition) appears and disappears,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-07-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 12,959
Posted By Elmar Lang
My first 6 jumps were with the CMP-55 parachute...

My first 6 jumps were with the CMP-55 parachute (receiving my civil brevet at an Italian parachuting school where the jumps were under military control): it was back in 1975 and I was just 17 years...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 5,721
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, my favourite 35mm. camera from the USSR,...

Hello,

my favourite 35mm. camera from the USSR, is the 1968-made Kiev-4A I've bought back in 1975, that still works perfectly;

my favourite Medium Format one is the Pentacon Six, with its very fine...
Forum: Nikon RF 09-06-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,591
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I am a collector in a field quite...

Hello,

I am a collector in a field quite different from cameras (antique arms & armour; orders & decorations).

In the past, it happened that I've posted pictures of some rare pieces from my...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-25-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,591
Posted By Elmar Lang
eBay's sales are not actually auctions (or at...

eBay's sales are not actually auctions (or at least serious ones), otherwise certain lots would appear "passed" or "unsold"...

On eBay one can let appear everything...

Just my own point of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-11-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, many thanks for the interesting, kind...

Hello,

many thanks for the interesting, kind replies. I apologize for being so late with my comments.

Yes, the Alpa is an intricate camera, but I'm so happy with my (working) 11Si, that I'd love to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-11-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 10,002
Posted By Elmar Lang
The 1947 Kiev of my avatar, still works fine...

The 1947 Kiev of my avatar, still works fine...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-10-2016
Replies: 99
Views: 9,619
Posted By Elmar Lang
Actually, I feel more comfortable with the rather...

Actually, I feel more comfortable with the rather small Contax viewfinder, with its usually well-visible focusing coloured centre. In any case, the Nikon S3 is an excellent instrument.
The Nikon-S,...
Forum: Nikon RF 08-10-2016
Replies: 99
Views: 9,619
Posted By Elmar Lang
I've always used Contax (and Kiev) rangefinders...

I've always used Contax (and Kiev) rangefinders and one day had the opportunity to buy an early Nikon-S with three lenses (50/35/105): a nice camera, besides its strange frame size.

Few months...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-10-2016
Replies: 146
Views: 12,959
Posted By Elmar Lang
A good repair laboratory in Verona, Italy (Mr....

A good repair laboratory in Verona, Italy (Mr. Castelli) cleaned and regulated my Contax-I (type with slow and fast times): he said that it was a tiring work, but everything works fine since then.

I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
Posted By Elmar Lang
Alpa 11Si repair

Hello,

I'm the happy owner of an Alpa 11Si and it's a perfectly working one, with its Macro Switar 50/1,9.

Recently, I've found another 11Si; this, with Macro-Switar 50/1,8: cosmetically, it's...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-08-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 819
Posted By Elmar Lang
Well, just one of the many "black" Contaxes,...

Well, just one of the many "black" Contaxes, actually a modified Kiev-4.

A poor fake and a ruined, otherwise fine, Kiev.

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-08-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 819
Posted By Elmar Lang
Sometimes they appear...

http://www.invaluable.co.uk/auction-lot/-1-c-85246629C4?utm_source=invuk_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2

Also the Sonnar, appears as being an upgraded Jupiter... At...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-03-2016
Replies: 67
Views: 9,027
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, recently, a complete, mint S3-2000...

Hello,

recently, a complete, mint S3-2000 (chrome) set with case, boxes, papers, was for sale at a well-known camera shop in Milan, Italy, for 1.400,- Euro. It remained available on their webpage...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-28-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 3,587
Posted By Elmar Lang
I think that we should remember what was the...

I think that we should remember what was the situation in Germany immediately after the end of war and the shortages suffered by the population.

No wonder that who would have been able to trade...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-27-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 3,587
Posted By Elmar Lang
In H.J. Kuc's book, "Auf den Spuren der Contax",...

In H.J. Kuc's book, "Auf den Spuren der Contax", the history of the Jena Contax is well described, even through the memories of former employees who worked in that project.

Let's never forget that...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-08-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 665
Posted By Elmar Lang
It's just a galileian scope, masked to give the...

It's just a galileian scope, masked to give the right field of the choosen lens.

In fact, the Soviet finder for the 135mm. is just an 85mm. one with a further, slip-on mask.

In my opinion, the...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-13-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,656
Posted By Elmar Lang
Thank you Wes, now, I understand how mounting the...

Thank you Wes, now, I understand how mounting the light meter works. I didn't know that rotation, in order to synchronise the time set on the camera and on the light meter.

I've just mounted the...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-13-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,656
Posted By Elmar Lang
Nikon S3/SP light meter

Hello,

recently, I've found the exposure meter that was produced to be mounted on the S3/SP cameras.

It looks well working, but I would like to know what should be the procedure to follow, to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-28-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 36,979
Posted By Elmar Lang
Actually, the "close relative" to the Kiev-4A...

Actually, the "close relative" to the Kiev-4A pictured above, should be the Contax-II, while ay left we see a very fine, post-war Contax-IIa, equipped with its excellent Sonnar 50mm./f:1,5.

Despite...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-28-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,428
Posted By Elmar Lang
First of all, I need to apologize for the...

First of all, I need to apologize for the mistakes in my previous posts:

- the Tessar 50mm.f:3,5 mounted in my Contaprox is not made by Carl Zeiss Jena, but actually is a western "Carl Zeiss", with...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-27-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,808
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I knew about von Paulus's Contax-II many...

Hello, I knew about von Paulus's Contax-II many years ago (1986 0r 1987), when I was a student at Venice's University.

Baltermants, who was in the editorial staff of a famous Soviet newspaper, took...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 4,808
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, how long is Mr. Scherer's waiting list,...

Hello,

how long is Mr. Scherer's waiting list, nowadays?

Best,

Enzo (E.L.)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,428
Posted By Elmar Lang
My Contaprox is no. 1251. Best wishes, E.L.

My Contaprox is no. 1251.

Best wishes,

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-25-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,808
Posted By Elmar Lang
It can be interesting to remember that Field...

It can be interesting to remember that Field Marshal von Paulus, commander of the German 6th Army, at his surrender to the Soviets had his own Contax-II "liberated" from his property, by a young,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-02-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,041
Posted By Elmar Lang
Interesting to note though, that a smartphone or...

Interesting to note though, that a smartphone or a tablet quickly becomes outdated, but apparently, a Zorki -after nearly 50 years of active service- is always capable of taking good pictures, not...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-25-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,573
Posted By Elmar Lang
Congratulations: a very, very fine outfit, with...

Congratulations: a very, very fine outfit, with the "plus" of the Nikkor finder for the 35mm.

Regarding the wideangle, the 35mm. Planar was considered as a lower-price alternative to the more...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-12-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 4,528
Posted By Elmar Lang
As said in other topics, I had my first Kiev (a...

As said in other topics, I had my first Kiev (a 1968-made 4A), back in 1975: it accompanied my first steps in photography and became my favourite camera; from 1981, working along with a Contax-II...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-16-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I see that many users of cameras from the...

Hello,

I see that many users of cameras from the former USSR, like or prefer the FED-2.

Its quality is in the simple mechanic, the large rangefinder's base (from the Contax/Kiev one). The design is...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-11-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,552
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Soviet film cartridge described as...

The Soviet film cartridge described as canister-like, should be the same as the german-made one for the pre-war Contax, like your camera.

This allows to expose a film and possibly develop one part...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,578
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, be careful with the Nikkor telephoto...

Hello,

be careful with the Nikkor telephoto lenses: to use them on a Contax, they should show a 'C' engraved on the barrel, otherwise, the focusing would be incorrect.

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-10-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 3,478
Posted By Elmar Lang
Perhaps, an upgrade directly made at the...

Perhaps, an upgrade directly made at the factory.

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-28-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,578
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Contax-I is not unreliable! It's differently...

The Contax-I is not unreliable! It's differently reliable!

Enzo (E.L.)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-28-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,428
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Biogon is a very fine lens, in my opinion,...

The Biogon is a very fine lens, in my opinion, better than Leitz's Summaron and Nikon's lens.

While searching for a Biogon, be careful not to mount a Zeiss Jena one (with protruding, rear lens...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-18-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 10,428
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, just as an information, I have a...

Hello,

just as an information, I have a rigid-mount Tessar 50/3,5. It's marked Zeiss Opton and its serial number is 1003428.

It's a very sharp lens indeed, in the best tradition of the Tessar...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-16-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,188
Posted By Elmar Lang
Sold for £ 231,-

Sold for £ 231,-
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-09-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,174
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I agree that a (working) Weston Master...

Hello,

I agree that a (working) Weston Master could be a great choice: it's very accurate and reliable.

The cheapest exposure meter, besides "sunny-16" is this one: http://expomat.tripod.com/ . No...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-09-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 7,021
Posted By Elmar Lang
This last Jena Contax is a beautiful piece, and...

This last Jena Contax is a beautiful piece, and the everready case is the right one for this camera, with its particular shape, and made of pigskin.

It's a pity that I've missed this eBay...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-19-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 5,295
Posted By Elmar Lang
I will search for the colour slides taken in...

I will search for the colour slides taken in Warsaw with my Praktica and Kiev-4A, as an exchange student, in the early 80s.

Well... more than "happy October Revolution", the newspaper says "glory to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-15-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,175
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, the officer is the late Captain Elio...

Hello,

the officer is the late Captain Elio Panizza, Aerial Observer of the Royal Italian Army (not Air Force: now I have better checked); he also received the Bronze Medal for Military Valour.

He...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-15-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 10,002
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, actually, Kiev-II cameras aren't...

Hello,

actually, Kiev-II cameras aren't Kiev-named Contax-IIs; they were built in Kiev, under the control of Zeiss Jena/Saalfeld technicians, volunteering in the USSR.

Earliest Kievs, i.e. those...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-15-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,175
Posted By Elmar Lang
Yes, it's a black dial type. E.L.

Yes, it's a black dial type.

E.L.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-15-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,175
Posted By Elmar Lang
A Red Curtain IIIc/IIIf

Hello,

Yesterday at Trento's flea market I've acquired what I think it's an interesting Group.

A cardboard box, full of military aerial photographs taken by a late Royal Italian Air Force captain....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-09-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By Elmar Lang
Congratulations for your Contax-IIa...

Congratulations for your Contax-IIa outfit.

Regarding the Sonnar 50/1,5, yes it was one of the best (if not the best) in its category. The use of the lens hood is in my opinion compulsory,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 16,907
Posted By Elmar Lang
An excellent work, with highly informative...

An excellent work, with highly informative pictures. Congratulations!

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-03-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,642
Posted By Elmar Lang
It looks like one of those lenses made from the...

It looks like one of those lenses made from the late 1945 to the early 1947, when the Zeiss plants were occupied first by the allies, then by the soviets. It is known that the workers continued to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-24-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,591
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I think I've joined the club too: a...

Hello,

I think I've joined the club too: a couple of weeks ago, I've bought a chrome-finished Alpa 11-Si with Kern Makro-Switar 50/1,8, plus "For Alpa Swiss" (42x1 and Alpa bayonet adapter) 35/2,8...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-08-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,230
Posted By Elmar Lang
While visiting a well-known shop in München,...

While visiting a well-known shop in München, Bavaria, a couple years ago, in the used cameras dept. there was a fine ever-ready for the Contax IIa/IIIa, in a plastic box full of various cases for...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-07-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,230
Posted By Elmar Lang
I think that there should be a sort of a black...

I think that there should be a sort of a black hole, where most of Contax's IIa/IIIa ever-ready cases have fallen in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-04-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 5,375
Posted By Elmar Lang
This is true for Leica-type cameras: I mean the...

This is true for Leica-type cameras: I mean the bottom-loading ones, like the early FEDs and Zorkis.

The soviet manufacturers learned a lot, after the Contax design: its completely removable back...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-03-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 5,375
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, the viewfinder of the Leningrad, actually...

Hello,

the viewfinder of the Leningrad, actually gives the view for the 35mm. with further internal frames, for the 50/85/135.

I think it's the only FSU rangefinder camera with this...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-02-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,230
Posted By Elmar Lang
Early cases for the Kiev-II/III do perfectly fit...

Early cases for the Kiev-II/III do perfectly fit for any Contax-II/III.

later cases for the Kiev-4/4A don't fit with the Contax, due to the fact that the fixing screw is differently centered.

E.L.
Forum: Other RF 08-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7,420
Posted By Elmar Lang
Yes, I will. The camera is now clean and with a...

Yes, I will.

The camera is now clean and with a fine outer look.

Only, while the rangefinder looks well-calibrated, the wiewfinder's inside is very dirty (I can't understand how so much dust went...
Forum: Other RF 08-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7,420
Posted By Elmar Lang
A new Beauty (camera)

Hello,

with great surprise, today, I've found another Beauty camera.

It's a Super L.

The good thing, is that it's a complete set: camera, ever-ready case, lightmeter booster (also in its leather...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-11-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 2,671
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I've always liked both the J-8 and J-3...

Hello,

I've always liked both the J-8 and J-3 for their own qualities.

The J-8 (when well assembled/checked) is the perfect lens for general purposes, thanks to its contrast/sharpness; the J-3...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-08-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,450
Posted By Elmar Lang
I also have a Tenax-II belonged to my late RF...

I also have a Tenax-II belonged to my late RF Contax-fan grandfather, from whom I've inherited my Contax-Leidenschaft.

I think I've used it only once with a BW film, back in the '90s: a fine camera,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-07-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 58,745
Posted By Elmar Lang
Just try to have serviced a 15 years old Olympus...

Just try to have serviced a 15 years old Olympus 1300XL digital camera...

At least, a nearly 80 years old Contax-II, besides being usually working, can be serviced and spare parts even made new...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-06-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 58,745
Posted By Elmar Lang
I agree: people seriously able to put their hands...

I agree: people seriously able to put their hands in a Contax (either II/III or IIa/IIIa) are fewr than in the past: most of those still operative are getting old.

On my last visit to SamCa...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-05-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 58,745
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, the data about SamCa are: SAMCA (S.N.C.)...

Hello,

the data about SamCa are:

SAMCA (S.N.C.)
RIPARAZIONI MACCHINE FOTOGRAFICHE
Via Dei Landi 15/R
I-16151 Genova (Italy)

Phone: +39 (0)10 412237
Forum: Zeiss Contax 07-04-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 10,242
Posted By Elmar Lang
I've a Contax-III just back from the repairman:...

I've a Contax-III just back from the repairman: it's an italian workshop and he buys the tape in Japan (looking through the shutter at "B", the ribbons look identical to the old ones, just more...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,679
Posted By Elmar Lang
I use a Kiev-4A since 1975 and I'm still happy...

I use a Kiev-4A since 1975 and I'm still happy with it and its lenses.

In the past, I've been a collector of former-Soviet cameras, also using those that intrigued me more.

Now, my collection is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-24-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Zorki-3 is one of the finest Soviet cameras;...

The Zorki-3 is one of the finest Soviet cameras; it was provided with a coupled viewfinder/rangefinder, when Leica still had them separate.

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-23-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,432
Posted By Elmar Lang
No, I haven't ever tried them with a flash...

No, I haven't ever tried them with a flash...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,471
Posted By Elmar Lang
I wouldn't give my Kiev-4A even for change with a...

I wouldn't give my Kiev-4A even for change with a Leica M6 with the best lens on it.

(by the way, I prefer the Contax RF system...).

E.L.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,471
Posted By Elmar Lang
As said in other threads, I've bought my Kiev 4A...

As said in other threads, I've bought my Kiev 4A back in 1975 and used it a lot in these nearly 4 decades.

It still works perfectly.

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-19-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,432
Posted By Elmar Lang
Switzerland was neutral, during WW2. Most...

Switzerland was neutral, during WW2.

Most probably, your camera belonged to a Swiss Citizen: no wonder that he could have sent his Contax to Zeiss and have it "updated" with the flash...
Forum: Other RF 06-10-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 9,456
Posted By Elmar Lang
A fine bw picture indeed. The mask is directly...

A fine bw picture indeed.

The mask is directly inspiredby one of the famous, fake "Modigliani's heads" that puzzled many art scholars in the year 1984; one of the most hilarious jokes, done by a...
Forum: Other RF 06-08-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,406
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Lordomat is not very known, but who used them...

The Lordomat is not very known, but who used them was usually positively surprised.

I congratulate for the fine outfit: it's an uncommon camera; usually to be found at a reasonable...
Forum: Other RF 06-08-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 9,456
Posted By Elmar Lang
Back in the early '70s, my father bought a...

Back in the early '70s, my father bought a Hi-Matic7s at an US Army's PX in Germany, when he was on duty in Oberammergau (Germany). Until then, he used a Contax-S, but it was forgotten at home. He...
Forum: Other RF 05-30-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7,420
Posted By Elmar Lang
I see that my Lightomatic-LM would need some...

I see that my Lightomatic-LM would need some little adjustment to the rangefinder's infinity, otherwise it works perfectly, exposure meter included.

Perhaps thanks to its fine lens and the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-29-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By Elmar Lang
That ring, that seems so rare, is the same...

That ring, that seems so rare, is the same usually mounted on Zeiss Contina cameras: I've bought two of them, one broken and unusable, for less than 5 Euro and now my Contax-IIa and IIIa proudly wear...
Forum: Other RF 05-26-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7,420
Posted By Elmar Lang
I hope your message wouldn't be misunderstood by...

I hope your message wouldn't be misunderstood by my wife...
Forum: Other RF 05-26-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 7,420
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, attracted by its RF-Nikon/Contax look,...

Hello,

attracted by its RF-Nikon/Contax look, Yesterday I've bought a Lightomatic LM at a local flea market: it looks very well built and the selenium exposure meter is still both working and...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-20-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 10,242
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I remember that the difference between a...

Hello,

I remember that the difference between a silk ribbon and a synthetic one, is that the second has a certain degree of elasticity, that affects the shutter's precision.

Is that true?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 05-08-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 3,362
Posted By Elmar Lang
Honestly, I don't like it. It is neither a...

Honestly, I don't like it.

It is neither a Contax, nor a Jena-Contax, nor a Kiev.

It's just an ex-Kiev-IIA, with a horribly engraved Zeiss Logo.

For that price, it would be better to find a fine,...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-26-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,432
Posted By Elmar Lang
Two Contax-II with Synchro Contact

Hello,

I would like to post the pictures of two of my Contaxes, both of the "K" batch (dating from 1939) and both found in my region (Trentino): one more or less 8 years ago; the second, ca. 2 years...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-02-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,552
Posted By Elmar Lang
The story of the tools made in Jena and sent to...

The story of the tools made in Jena and sent to the USSR could be matter for a novel.

I've just imagined an unknown production line (perhaps the one for the "Volga" project?), sent to Krasnogorsk...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-01-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,552
Posted By Elmar Lang
Let's call it Первоапрельская шутка. on any...

Let's call it Первоапрельская шутка.

on any other day of the year, such news would have been a dream came true!

Best April 1st,

E.L.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-01-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,552
Posted By Elmar Lang
April's fool: News from Russia

I've just read a press release from both Russia's news agencies Interfax and Itar-TASS:

Moscow - In order to achieve the increasing demand of photographers for reliable and good-quality traditional...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-17-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,708
Posted By Elmar Lang
I agree with Nikos' statements. Only, I think...

I agree with Nikos' statements.

Only, I think that even relatively late-made Kievs can be good cameras although not so well finished.

What failed with time, was the quality control: in the same...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-11-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,708
Posted By Elmar Lang
From 1985 until the mid-'90s we've been able to...

From 1985 until the mid-'90s we've been able to see everything arriving from the dissolving Warsaw Pact, mostly sold for very, very cheap prices.

The 1947 Kiev of my avatar costed a few bucks from a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-10-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 7,708
Posted By Elmar Lang
I've purchased my first rf Kiev (a 1968-made 4A)...

I've purchased my first rf Kiev (a 1968-made 4A) back in 1975: it always worked well and still does, after decades of rolls and rolls of film passed behind its shutter.

10 years ago I've given it to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-10-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 4,282
Posted By Elmar Lang
I'm a regular user of the Kiev rf cameras. After...

I'm a regular user of the Kiev rf cameras. After some research, I've found a good Leningrad, correctly working and with a perfectly adjusted rangefinder.

Leningrad's shutter is like arming a...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 01-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By Elmar Lang
I apologize for the OT. Does the Contax used in...

I apologize for the OT.

Does the Contax used in the Swedish Army have any distinctive marking?

All the best,
E.L.
Forum: Nikon RF 01-16-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 8,310
Posted By Elmar Lang
I confirm Steve's statement about Contax. I have...

I confirm Steve's statement about Contax.

I have the direct experience of a Contax-II my grandfather bought in 1937: he used it along the whole WW2, during the Russian Campaign (coming back home...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-21-2013
Replies: 80
Views: 58,745
Posted By Elmar Lang
When I've had a RF Leica to be serviced, my...

When I've had a RF Leica to be serviced, my choice was on SamCa in Genoa, Italy: two old gentlemen with an enormous capability to repair Wetzlar's masterpieces. In their hands an almost destroyed...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-16-2013
Replies: 115
Views: 36,419
Posted By Elmar Lang
I agree, the Sonnar 50/1,5 is perhaps the best...

I agree, the Sonnar 50/1,5 is perhaps the best 50mm. lens ever made for 35mm. film cameras. I'm a fan of the Contax RF system (also in its Soviet "variation") and it's interesting to compare the...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-11-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 5,818
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I would like to post an uncommon paper,...

Hello,

I would like to post an uncommon paper, that accompanied my Nikkor 135mm. with the 'C' engraved on the barrel.

It appears that officially, Nikkor produced their telephoto lenses, adapted to...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-21-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 8,920
Posted By Elmar Lang
"...those were the days when a camera was not...

"...those were the days when a camera was not considered to be obsolete in 6 months...".

Amen, amen!

This is exactly what I'm thinking while loading a film into my late grandfather's Contax-II,...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-20-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,310
Posted By Elmar Lang
It's exactly what I will do with my new Nikon...

It's exactly what I will do with my new Nikon S3-2000. That camera can't remain in its box and become old and unused...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2013
Replies: 1,348
Views: 265,927
Posted By Elmar Lang
I need to congratulate for the fine, quite...

I need to congratulate for the fine, quite uncommon Kiev-5.

It deserves to spend some money and CLA it.

Best wishes,

E.L.
Forum: Nikon RF 11-15-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 6,406
Posted By Elmar Lang
Mine is an S3-2000 Black. Body Nr. 301858 Lens...

Mine is an S3-2000 Black.

Body Nr. 301858
Lens Nr. 210602

E.L.
Forum: Nikon RF 11-15-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,310
Posted By Elmar Lang
Well, mine was property of a nice person who...

Well, mine was property of a nice person who bought it as new, directly from a photo retailer in Japan as soon as it was put for sale.

Since then, he just kept the kit in their boxes and released...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-14-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 8,310
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I'm what can be considered a...

Hello,

I'm what can be considered a "Zeissianer": I've always used RF Contaxes (and their ex-USSR "cousins", the RF-Kievs).

Today, I've bought a complete, absolutely mint S3-2000/Black kit:...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-08-2013
Replies: 124
Views: 52,488
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I've heard that a Swiss repairman, Mr....

Hello,

I've heard that a Swiss repairman, Mr. Claudio Fabio, located not far from Zürich could be able to susbstitute exhausted selenium cells.

You could try to contact him and ask if he could do...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-31-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 967
Posted By Elmar Lang
If you can't see the shutter's curtain in the...

If you can't see the shutter's curtain in the frame window, like a "B", you have the broken ties.

Try checking if the release button's red dot is aligned to the one on the loading knob; if not,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-29-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,201
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, my Leningrad came in that outfit case...

Hello,

my Leningrad came in that outfit case already, with the equipment shown in the pictures. I assume that its uncommonly luxurious appearance is due to the fact that -as said- it was a present...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-29-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2,201
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Leningrad is an interesting camera, of a...

The Leningrad is an interesting camera, of a fully original, Soviet design.

Besides its technical problems (especially in the rangefinder's calibration) it's an excellent camera, with one of the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-21-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,604
Posted By Elmar Lang
I think that -besides cannibalizing a Contina-...

I think that -besides cannibalizing a Contina- looking at a plumbing supplier could be the best and less expensive choice.

I will look at the floor much, much better!...

All the best,

Enzo (E.L.)
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-16-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,604
Posted By Elmar Lang
Actually, the black (Bakelite?) screw-on ring of...

Actually, the black (Bakelite?) screw-on ring of the Zeiss Ikon Contina, perfectly fits on the Contax-IIa/IIIa. I've never thought such a solution.

I think it's the most "philological" way to solve...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-17-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 5,076
Posted By Elmar Lang
A Zorki-6 could be a great choice. In my...

A Zorki-6 could be a great choice.

In my opinion, a well-working Kiev-2 or Kiev-4 could be an excellent camera.

E.L.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-17-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 5,076
Posted By Elmar Lang
I think that once fixed the mentioned, minor...

I think that once fixed the mentioned, minor problems, you'll be happy with your Zorki-6.

BTW, were the pictures taken in Verona?

E.L.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-04-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,714
Posted By Elmar Lang
I agree, it's a Jupiter-12. The protruding rear...

I agree, it's a Jupiter-12.

The protruding rear lens in an original CZJ Sonnar is enclosed in a cylindrical metal sleeve, while almost all the ex-USSR ones has the glass block simply lacquered in...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-29-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 4,749
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I find the story behind this curious...

Hello,

I find the story behind this curious lens, as highly interesting under the historical point of view.

It coincides with other info also given in Kuc's "Auf den Spuren der Contax" vol. 2,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 4,027
Posted By Elmar Lang
I couldn't use my Kiev (or Contax RF) without the...

I couldn't use my Kiev (or Contax RF) without the "snake chain" if carried out of its everready case!

Excruciatingly thin neck straps are part of the game... especially on a mountain hike during...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 4,027
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I consider myself as a Kiev-supporter...

Hello,

I consider myself as a Kiev-supporter (not a "fan" as "fanatic", since fanatism can induce to wrong thoughts...).

My very first "serious" camera, was a Kiev-4A made in 1968, bought in 1975,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-27-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 708
Posted By Elmar Lang
It's a problem of the retaining lever/hook that...

It's a problem of the retaining lever/hook that keeps the curtains closed (look inside the upper side of the frame-window).

I think that your camera needs a "CLA", although someone would simply drop...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-18-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,604
Posted By Elmar Lang
I think that a good merchanic could prepare a...

I think that a good merchanic could prepare a screw-on piece made of Teflon or nylon.

Best wishes,

E.L.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-10-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,327
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, after quite long a time, I've been...

Hello,

after quite long a time, I've been successful to solve a setting problem that made impossible to me to post in this Forum.

Back to the topic, I have three CZJ Contax lenses from wartime, all...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-20-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By Elmar Lang
the webpage cccp.alien-planet.net appears as...

the webpage cccp.alien-planet.net appears as dead... it's a pity.

E.L.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-19-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By Elmar Lang
The book of the late Mr. Majzenberg would be of...

The book of the late Mr. Majzenberg would be of great help...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 03-03-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 8,618
Posted By Elmar Lang
[quote=CameraQuest;2086701] ..."the Jena version...

[quote=CameraQuest;2086701] ..."the Jena version made right after the war in Russia with Zeiss parts and tooling -- worth bucks"...

The "Jena" Contax, was built in Saalfeld (Soviet Occupied...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-27-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 3,575
Posted By Elmar Lang
The high price of the original english edition of...

The high price of the original english edition of the Majzenberg, is due to the fact that it was printed in a limited number of copies (I've heard nearly 1.000) so, bibliophiles could be ready to pay...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 02-27-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 8,618
Posted By Elmar Lang
The "No-Name Contax" is also described in Kuc's...

The "No-Name Contax" is also described in Kuc's work "Auf den Spuren der Contax", vol. II.

Actually, that camera can't be mixed with the Contax IIa, this one being of a completely different design,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-20-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,636
Posted By Elmar Lang
It seems that your Kiev suffers the typical...

It seems that your Kiev suffers the typical problem of the RF Contax "family": broken shutter ties.

I think that Oleg Khalyavin will do a perfect repair.

A Kiev will give years and years of very...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-14-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,636
Posted By Elmar Lang
Using a rangefinder Kiev, also in its latest...

Using a rangefinder Kiev, also in its latest versions (when well assembled/tested) can be a very fine surprise.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-13-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,472
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I'm new to the IIIg: in other words, I'm...

Hello,

I'm new to the IIIg: in other words, I'm a RF Contax user, but since a long time I've had a IIIg in unusable condition, just put on a shelf of my library.

Then, I've decided that such a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-20-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 4,063
Posted By Elmar Lang
I've bought a postwar one on the past Tuesday, at...

I've bought a postwar one on the past Tuesday, at the "Freiverkauf" of the Dorotheum in Vienna, in its clear plastic "bell" container and cap, for Euro 119,-.

It is in absolutely perfect condition...
Forum: Nikon RF 12-15-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 2,001
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello, I'm a user of RF cameras of the Contax...

Hello,

I'm a user of RF cameras of the Contax (and Kiev) series.

Less than one week ago, I've bought a Nikon-S outfit (body w/50mm-1,4; 35-2,5; 105-2,5 and two sights for the wideangle and the...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 12-15-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,742
Posted By Elmar Lang
Buy it! Don't leave other people arrive the first...

Buy it! Don't leave other people arrive the first and get it!
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-26-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 982
Posted By Elmar Lang
I'm just trying my first Contax-I (type-4, after...

I'm just trying my first Contax-I (type-4, after Kuc): it looks like working fine and, after all, the 4-groups shutter selector is not that difficult to understand...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-26-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,782
Posted By Elmar Lang
I have both the pre-1945 and postwar Biogons and...

I have both the pre-1945 and postwar Biogons and I can say that both are very fine (also the Jena one -heavy type- is coated and signed with the red "T"); the Zeiss Opton one is better though.

I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-23-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 2,966
Posted By Elmar Lang
A correctly assembled/tested Jupiter-8 is an...

A correctly assembled/tested Jupiter-8 is an excellent lens, perfectly comparable to a CZJ Sonnar 50/2.

The problem with ex-USSR lenses is the quality control, that allowed defective lenses etc. to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-15-2012
Replies: 135
Views: 38,106
Posted By Elmar Lang
The Jupiter-3 is an amazing lens, with surprising...

The Jupiter-3 is an amazing lens, with surprising qualities. Compared to the Zeiss Jena Sonnar 50/1,5 the J/3 closes up to 22, instead of early Sonnars (f/8) and later ones (f/11) and this is a great...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-14-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 870
Posted By Elmar Lang
Contax-II with flash synch

Hello,

in another thread, appeared a discussion about prewar contaxes with flash synch.

I have one, bought in Trento some years ago: its serial no. is K. 60563 (also with "Made in Germany"...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2012
Replies: 636
Views: 98,111
Posted By Elmar Lang
Thank you for the interesting comments and info. ...

Thank you for the interesting comments and info.

My camera's serial no. is 5806892 and yes, it has the strap lugs.

All the best,

Enzo (Elmar Lang)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2012
Replies: 636
Views: 98,111
Posted By Elmar Lang
And the top plate of the same:

And the top plate of the same:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-20-2012
Replies: 636
Views: 98,111
Posted By Elmar Lang
My little contribution, with a Chinese camera...

My little contribution, with a Chinese camera that's relatively easy to find: a Shanghai-58 (I hope it's the right name of it).

This piece was given to a prominent member of the Italian Communist...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-11-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,716
Posted By Elmar Lang
Hello again, of course, the TeWe finder was...

Hello again,

of course, the TeWe finder was produced for universal use, but I've always thought it would have been made especially for the Contax...

There is an old Zeiss advertisement, showing...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,716
Posted By Elmar Lang
The TeWe universal finder, is usually connected...

The TeWe universal finder, is usually connected with Contax Rangefinder Cameras.

I have one of those finders, my grandfather used on his Contax-II along with the bulky Zeiss Jena (postwar) one.
...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-06-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,847
Posted By Elmar Lang
I agree with rxmd, that a Kiev (let's say a...

I agree with rxmd, that a Kiev (let's say a Kiev-II or a 4A) would be the best choice for an ex-Soviet RF camera.

Except the lever-action advance/load (we won't miss it), it has all the pluses we...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,452
Posted By Elmar Lang
All the best wishes to the happy owner of that...

All the best wishes to the happy owner of that Opton Tessar 50/3,5.

In my opinion, it's an extremely fine lens for general use and for those who like Tessar's sharpness.

Mine rigid Opton Tessar...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-04-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,856
Posted By Elmar Lang
A rangefinder Contax always deserves an overhaul...

A rangefinder Contax always deserves an overhaul or -if it's the case- a cleaning-lubricating service.

Once done that, we have a best camera in our hands.

In my opinion, the same deserve old...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-14-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,456
Posted By Elmar Lang
All the best wishes for your Kiev. I still take...

All the best wishes for your Kiev.

I still take pictures with my first one, bought back in 1975. Now, it accompamies me with a Contax-II/IIa and a mix of Jupiter and Zeiss lenses.

A good Kiev is...
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