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Old 05-19-2018   #1281
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Old 05-20-2018   #1283
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My Kiev 4a after being CLA by Nagov Photo Service.
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Old 05-26-2018   #1284
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My favourite FSU

Without doubt, my fav FSU camera, and one of my all time favourites for it's combination of size, easy use and very affordable price, the FED-2. It's a perfect combination of the Leica II & Contax II. And it's even beautiful in it's way.




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FED 2 (later version)
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My Zenit 122. A proletarian plastic Pentax K-mount clone. Built like a Tupolev tank, and it is (strangely) by far the most reliable of all my FSU cameras. It's so ugly and clunky, I adore it for its sheer quirkiness.


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FED 2 (later version)
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Love this, I saw already a similar concept with a label saying "S M I L E". Cool compact viewfinder. I will definitely take inspiration from you.
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I bought this Zorki-4 mostly for it's conmemorative inscription for the 50th aniversary of the 1917 revolution. It works, but rangefinder is out of place and the shutter release lacks a screw, so it falls if upturned...






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These 2 have been on my list for long, now I got them in good condition with working light meters.

Kiev-5 and Kiev-15

The Kiev-5 is based on the Kiev-4 and derived it's body and the shutter. The top is new with improved bright range finder and light frame for 50mm. The last version also had a frame for 80mm.

The lens mount was modified too. It lost the inner bayonett. Therefore a new 50mm lens with outer bayonett has to be developed. Jupiter-8 NB.

Kiev-15 is improved version of the Kiev-10, the selenium light meter is gone and replaced with TTL meter. it uses the same fan blade shutter as th eKiev 10. Both models have auto exposure with shutter priority. There is no aperture ring on the lens, it is on the body instead.

Kiev-10 und Kiev-15


Die Kiev-5 sourrounded by other models of the family and a few lenses.


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Die Kiev-5 sourrounded by other models of the family and a few lenses.

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Nice family portrait, Hannes!......Very Nice Family, too!

Out of curiosity how do you find the Kiev-5 to handle? Is it much the same as - or slightly more awkward than - your K-4M? I ask because the shutter-release button seems to be quite high.

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Hopefully this displays ok.

Here's one of my Soviets, my original '67 Zorki 4 that started the obsession, strap is a Cultered Kiwi one as my old belt made one got tatty but the Lens cap is still the same one I made out of leather recycled from some old boots when I revived the camera, its been stitched and waxed more recently though.


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KMZ Moskva-4, made in 1956:






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Here's my '58 Zorki-4 with a '56 Jupiter-12

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Out of curiosity how do you find the Kiev-5 to handle? Is it much the same as - or slightly more awkward than - your K-4M? I ask because the shutter-release button seems to be quite high.

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For me handling is ok, thumb and release finger find their place without problems for winding and shooting.

People with small hands may have problems.

The camera is heavy compared to the Kiev 3 and 4.

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Got myself some gifts for Christmas...
Old 12-27-2018   #1297
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Exclamation Got myself some gifts for Christmas...


The Russians are coming...
by doc Deutschmann, on Flickr

I have to admit, I have a knack for analog cameras. It gets even worse, if they run without batteries. And after recently reading Robert Capa's "Slightly out of Focus", I wanted to see how I would like to shoot a Contax. They're kinda out of my price range, but there are Kievs...
And while it was still on its way from the Ukraine (and me reading more about FSU rangefinders) I thought I'd take a try at a Barnack-based camera too...

So here they are. Two Zorki 4k (one "romanized", one cyrillic) the bodys and shutters seem to be in great order, running smoothly and evenly.
A Zorki (1) from 1953, which was a completely different story. Slow (or sometimes sticking) shutter curtains, with holes in them...

I decided against a curtain replacement (for now) - after cleaning and lubeing the shutter seemed to run fine, so I painted the back of the curtains with some black textile paint. A color negative film is in there now (I ran out of bw negative film...waiting for more), let's see how it worked out...

Unfortunately the aperture ring on the Industar-22 after easing up for a while without taking the lens apart (just some WD-40 between the ring and the frontplate) is back to digging into my fingertips again...

The Kiev still needs some CLA (and hints, before I start?). The 4k - they're great cameras, but I really fell in love with the magnifying rangefinder on the Zorki 1 - bright, enlarged, so quick to focus (with the infinity lock lever).

Sorry, this got really long, but I am excited and happy right now.

PS: The lenses on the 4k are an Industar-50 and an I-61 (2.8/53) - I guess I will be looking for a J-8/M39...
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The Russians are coming... by doc Deutschmann, on Flickr

I have to admit, I have a knack for analog cameras. It gets even worse, if they run without batteries. And after recently reading Robert Capa's "Slightly out of Focus", I wanted to see how I would like to shoot a Contax. They're kinda out of my price range, but there are Kievs...
And while it was still on its way from the Ukraine (and me reading more about FSU rangefinders) I thought I'd take a try at a Barnack-based camera too...

So here they are. Two Zorki 4k (one "romanized", one cyrillic) the bodys and shutters seem to be in great order, running smoothly and evenly.
A Zorki (1) from 1953, which was a completely different story. Slow (or sometimes sticking) shutter curtains, with holes in them...
I would love to have a cyrillic Zorki 4K, but most of them seem to be only export models. So I presume the cyrillic ones are pretty rare.

I've already a couple of Zorki 4, with a couple of issues, a misaligned rangefinder & problems with the slow speeds.
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Very Nice selection of Z-3M and Z-3's, Brambling!


Following the 'Work Hard;Play Hard' principle I treated myself to a few 'sweeties' this Xmas; an early 'Stamped logo' version Zorki 2; 1941 'Kombinat' Fed-1(d) and a Ukranian logo Kiev IIIa.



The Zorki came with it's 'Zorki 2' embossed case which was a nice surprise.
Equally surprising is that the K IIIa's meter seems to be spot-on!
Looking forward to trying them out.

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ISKRA - 6x6 Rangefinder

One of my all time favorite 6x6 RF cameras.
Beats the pants off the Agfa Super Isolette
The Industar-58 "P" lens is so sharp and contrasty



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ISKRA - 6x6 Rangefinder
Industar-58 "P" 3.5/75
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When my Iskra worked it was great , BUT , it always developed one problem after another , until one day I took a hammer to it . That was so satisfying !
I believe I have a picture of it's demise in my photos here . Peter
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My Iskra is a shelf queen too.
Film transport and counter dead and modified to red window.
And in the shutter is something loose and the times are not adjustable.


But it looks good. :-)
Some day I find a working one.


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I love how the first Zenit perfectly blended the SLR concept with the Leica II design. This is in fact a Zenit-S from 1958, but the only difference with the original Zenit-1 is the flash port:




https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/43572230000



Clearly marked as SLEDANO B SSSR, Made in the USSR.

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I love how the first Zenit perfectly blended the SLR concept with the Leica II design. This is in fact a Zenit-S from 1958, but the only difference with the original Zenit-1 is the flash port...

Clearly marked as SLEDANO B SSSR, Made in the USSR.

Exactly, and how many SLR's can be said to be based on a Leica model II?

Count the last Zenit of '96 or so and that's over a 60 year run for the heart of the camera.

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I don't know this one, which model is?
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well, this thread is for Soviet cameras...
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well, this thread is for Soviet cameras...
The FED 50mm f/3.5 lens in the picture, OTOH, seems to be from the USSR so it isn't off topic to me, at least.
(I have a rather similar FED, possibly an Industar-10 but not marked as such, lens too.)
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The FED 50mm f/3.5 lens in the picture, OTOH, seems to be from the USSR so it isn't off topic to me, at least.
(I have a rather similar FED, possibly an Industar-10 but not marked as such, lens too.)
carbo73 has a good point.This thread clearly states:
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This is my first... and by the feel of things, it's not going to be my last...
I am still running a colour film through it at the moment... hopefully it'll be better than this awful picture from my DSLR.
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This went up on ebay a few hours ago. Thought it might be of interest to someone here. Not something you see everyday.
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This went up on ebay a few hours ago. Thought it might be of interest to someone here. Not something you see everyday.
Excuse me.
There is no admiration.
These sealed cameras are made in the last years of the country’s existence, during the agony.
They only work after serious intervention.
I specifically searched and took a few pieces and opened it to see. I took for a gift to a friend.
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Excuse me.
There is no admiration.
These sealed cameras are made in the last years of the country’s existence, during the agony.
They only work after serious intervention.
I specifically searched and took a few pieces and opened it to see. I took for a gift to a friend.

I agree, I got sealed unit a couple of years ago in the UK for around $20 USD. I opened it and it didn't seem to have been through any QC, but the only fault I could identify was the rangefinder alignment which I couldn't fix. Never mind, for the price it's just going to be a shelf queen.
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I was taking a snap of my FSU 'Barnacks' yesterday and, as I had a couple of minutes spare, thought I might as well get the Kievs out too. Here they are. The III top-left is a '52 and has some Contax parts. Next along is a Ukranian logo one. Bottom row starts with '55 Cyrillic II; '55 Export II; '56 IIa;



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