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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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Vlad's Description
My version has a non-original shutter
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Wiki Catalog Entry
The EFTE-2 was made in Moscow between 1931 - 1933 by a cooperative workshop, "Foto Trud" (Photo Work).

It is a folding plate camera using 9 x 12 cm sheet film, with focusing on the ground glass or by a folding frame finder attached to the side of the body. The EFTE cameras (there is also an EFTE-1) were manufactured by hand and evidence of this can be seen on the aluminum body, where file marks are visible onthe edges.

The example shown has a German lens, a Rodenstock - Munchen Doppel Anastigmat Eurynar, f 1:4.5 13.5 cm, and the shutter, also German, is an AG - IBSO. This is probably an early example of this model dating to 1931, since in 1932 Soviet shutters made by GOMZ were installed (using a Soviet made lens as well).
The Soviet-made lens was the Moscow Periscop f 1:11 150 mm. and the shutter had speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 + B & T.
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