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I am an Soviet and Russian camera collector residing in State of Illinois, USA. I have only somewhat recently started collecting (since May 2007) these fine examples of Soviet and Russian mechanical engineering and design that until late 80s have been closed off to the rest of the world. Now that these cameras have come to light, I want to share them with all of you. Recently I have decided to start cataloging Soviet and Russian cameras online, thus the project was born, which is a Wiki catalog of Russian and Soviet cameras.
Vlad's Soviet/Russian Photographic Equipment Collection

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S-13 Photo Machine Gun Camera Czech Export

Vlad's Description
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Wiki Catalog Entry

This unit was made in the late 1950's (this is my best guess). It was used on military aircraft for training purposes. The camera is powered by 27 VDC.

The camera is equipped with a fixed focus 100 mm f:6.3 lens. There are three aperture settings corresponding to the weather conditions: CLEAR, CLOUDY, OVERCAST. The S-13 has a hinged door which can be easily opened without removing the unit from the aircraft. You only need to unzip the protective canvas cover and release a side lock.

The cassette is the only removable part of the S-13. The cassette holds 5.2 m of special aerial b/w 35 mm film. This was a fast (around 1000 ASA) film called A1000. The cassette has a permanently attached label for recording the following data: Name, Excercise number and the date.
(Source: Yuri Boguslavsky,

In pictures 12 & 13 you see a camera pod for C-13 camera. this pod is for Su-15, Mig-21 and Mig-23 aircrafts.

Picture 14 shows a KOMZ made S-13 with an FS-2 f/4.5 300mm lens attached.

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