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zcetrt
45 Posts
Posted - Dec 22 2014 :  1:55:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi to all.

I came across a Kiev 5 dressed up in a red snake skin. I'm practically certain it's a fake, but the seller claims it's original and that he has owned it for a very long time. He told me these cameras were given out as gifts to important persons. It has a lens cap in the same style and even a snake skin strip on the case.

I would love to be wrong about this camera being a fake. What are your opinions? Any chance it's a real one?










Vladislav Kern
Vlad
USA
4108 Posts
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Posted - Dec 22 2014 :  2:08:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's an aftermarket. It may have been done in 1971 but not at the factory. Usually ones for important people were specially engraved and engravings may have been colored but I've yet to see an original snakeskin camera to come out of any Soviet factory.

Cheers,
Vlad
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Alexander K.
AlexanderK
Germany
552 Posts
Posted - Dec 22 2014 :  4:27:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, it is aftermarket, but from early-middle 90th, wenn the border opened and russian cameras started to be sold to the west.
Some sellers do it still nowadays. I have also one Zorki-4 with snakeskin cover in beige. It looks very nice, but it is also aftermarket .

Regards, Alexander
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Luiz Paracampo
Luiz Paracampo
Brazil
1846 Posts
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Posted - Dec 22 2014 :  9:27:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luiz Paracampo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The cāmera is original but releathered elsewhere not at the factory.
The ready case proves it ad also the lens cap.
Of couse a recent refurbishment
LP
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zcetrt
45 Posts
Posted - Dec 23 2014 :  01:26:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the feedback. I would rather have it in original state, but it's still an impressive camera. It fully works so I have to try it with a Jupiter 12 since it has a nice viewfinder.

Have a nice day.

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Lenny
496 Posts
Posted - Dec 23 2014 :  04:50:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does it have a selenium-cell for the lightmeter too?
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zcetrt
45 Posts
Posted - Dec 23 2014 :  06:35:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It has a light meter and it still works - the selenium cell is located around the rangefinder window. The light meter is responsive to the light but I haven't tested it yet for accuracy.
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zhang
Kievuser
310 Posts
Posted - Jan 05 2015 :  08:30:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,

A late new year's greeting to you all. I saw this thread that reminds me of a leather case for my Kiev-5. I don't remember ever seeing another one over the years. I am wondering if it was made for a special Kiev 5 camera? Has anyone seen, or owned a camera with the same case?

Kind regards,

zhang


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/512015_55571_1220947950.jpg

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Luiz Paracampo
Luiz Paracampo
Brazil
1846 Posts
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Posted - Jan 05 2015 :  3:10:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luiz Paracampo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello Zhang!
This case is from Kiev 5's early batch but the name is embossed in the front. The plate is an aftermarket modification.
Regards
LP
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zhang
Kievuser
310 Posts
Posted - Jan 07 2015 :  10:16:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Luiz Paracampo

Hello Zhang!
This case is from Kiev 5's early batch but the name is embossed in the front. The plate is an aftermarket modification.
Regards
LP



Hi LP,

Thanks for your input. So the plate is a rare collectable item.

Cheers,

Zhang
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Luiz Paracampo
Luiz Paracampo
Brazil
1846 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Jan 08 2015 :  4:49:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luiz Paracampo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For some reason I feel the plate is not original
Regards
LP
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jed
France
368 Posts
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Posted - Jan 08 2015 :  5:12:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit jed's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It may be not original but it looks very well done !
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