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Still Cameras > Military and Official Use Cameras > TSVVS / VTS-VS
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TSVVS / VTS-VS
1949-1950

TSVVS (TCBBC in Cyrillic) ...... 35 mm / Leica-Contax copy .......... lens : Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar - 50 mm f.2
Body serial # 577 ....... Lens serial no. : 3090237 ..... year : 1950
factory : Uncertain (possibly the ALMAZ Factory ~ Yuri Davidenko Theory ~ DVD Tech), Moscow, USSR ..... production under 1000 units total in 1949 & 1950

TSVVS stands for Topographicheskaya Sluzhba Voyenno-Vozdushnih Sil (Topographic Service of the Air Force).

As per Alexander Bronstein's website, www.leica.boom.ru , the correct name will be VTS-VS:

"TSVVS - one of the most enigmatic soviet cameras. I am not even sure that it is correctly named. There’s a plate with text: "To colonel Maksimov L.K. for a long and blameless service in parts of VTS S.A., from the VTS Chief on December 9th 1957"
This gives some basis to the unexpected assumption that it is necessary to read the name of the camera on the circle, as it was actually a normal practice in Russia, and it should sound - not VTSVS from Topographical Service of Air Force but VTSVS.
VTSVS=Voyenno-Topografitscheskaya Sluzhba Vooruzhennyh Sil (Militar Topographical Service of Defence Forces).

These were possibly special cameras that were manufactured by Soviet goverment for high ranking people in the military or the KPSS (Communist Party). Possibly given as gifts for excellence in service to the Soviet Union. Maybe given to generals and ministers, but very selectively according to historical records. .

more photos at: nightphoto.com


Known Examples of TSVVS Cameras and lenses

notes: (CZJ = Carl Zeiss Jena) __ ( M-info = List of TSVVS cameras from Dr. Milos Mladek )

Serial # ___ Year ___ Lens Serial # & Type ___ Owner or where seen ___ Authenticity (if known)___number on baseplate/number
on shutterbox


Unmarked _ ? _ 3060338 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ DVDTECH __ YES
Unmarked _ ? _ 5403601 / Jup-8 f/2.0 __ Princelle __ YES
Unmarked _ ? _ 3101418 / CZJ f/3.5 ___ SH_Photo __ ?
1 ____ 1949 __ 3060168 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ photos only (ebay: sovdepia) __ (Authenticity of serial number is doubtful although camera is real TSVVS)
6 ____ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ Photohistory/Abramov __
7 ____ 1949 __ 3060235 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ eBay uv1962
7 ____ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ Princelle / M-info __
7 ____ 1949 __ 3089557 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Ebay / foto_hobby
22 ___ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ Princelle-info
27 ___ 1948 __ ? / ? _______________ Princelle-info __ YES ?
33 ___ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info ___
41 ___ 1949 __ 2269946 / CZJ f/1.5 ___ Princelle __ YES
71 ___ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info __
88 ___ 1949 __ 3060333 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
153 __ 1949 __ 226xxxx / CZJ f/1.5 ___ JPG. ___ YES
155 __ 1949 __ 5909407 / Jup-8M ____ Westlicht #8 / M.Mladek __ FAKE
177 __ 1949 __ 3050587 / CZJ f/2.0____eBay___
184 __ 1949 __ 3094933 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
194 __ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ Photohistory / Abramov __
200 __ 1949 __ 2269238 / CZJ f/1.5 ___ W. Parkinson __ YES

214 __ 1949 __ 2727413 / CZJ f/1,5 ___ eBay, 11/2013.
245 __ 1949 __ 3090072 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ WestLicht Auction __ YES
264 __ 1949 __ 3089522 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Jacques M. ____ YES __64/64
266 __ 1949 __ ? / ? _______________ tiscali.co.uk __ YES
271 __ 1949 __ 3009139 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ C. Asquini __ YES
280 __ 1949 __ 3050898 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ M. Mladek __ YES
292 __ 1949 __ 3059649 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Alexander K. coll. __ YES
303 __ 1949 __ 3089341 / CZJ f/1.5 ___ on the net
308 __ 1949 __ 3050909 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ KING-2 (website) __ YES
311 __ 1949 __ 3095126 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Alexey Nikitin coll. __ YES
330 __ 1950 __ 3060329 / CSJ f/2.0 ___ On EBAY jan 2010 __ YES
366 __ 1950 __ 3092474 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
372 __ 1950 __ 3059505 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Ebay-Arsenal __ YES
392 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info __
422 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info __
440 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info __
441 __ 1950 __ 3092387 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Sovietcams.com __ YES
442 __ 1950 __ 5509465 / Jup-8 f/2.0 __ Arfact Auction ___ YES
467 __ 1950 __ 3059591 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Sold- RAF Camera __ YES
469 __ 1950 __ 3096197 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ On eBay jan 2013 __ YES __ 20/20
471 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info __
488 __ 1950 __ 3059778 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Princelle-Milos Mladek __ YES
488 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M- info __
503 __ 1950 __ 3090471 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Jacques M. coll. __ YES __ 89/89
514 __ 1950 __ 3050719 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
517 __ 1950 __ 3093560 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Westlicht #7 __ YES
544 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M-info __
552 __ 1950 __ 3090384 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Ebay-Photo __ YES
552 __ 1950 __ 3090384 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Igor N. Rykov __ YES
575 __ 1950 __ 3009075 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ eBay jan 2013 __ YES
577 __ 1950 __ 3090237 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ W. Parkinson __ YES
607 __ 1950 __ 3059688 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
629 __ 1950 __ 3060385 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Westlicht # 13 __ YES
638 __ 1950 __ 3059899 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Ebay-moscowphoto __ FAKE
650 __ 1950 __ 3093650 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ David Tomlinson __ YES__2/36
665 __ 1950 __ 3006819 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
699 __ 1950 __ 3094394 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ uwitte coll. __ YES
700 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ A. Bronstein __ YES
705 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ Princelle __ YES
709 __ 1950 __ 3090875 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ C. Asquini __ YES
714 __ 1950 __ 3059762 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Alexander K. coll. __ YES
733 __ 1950 __ 3060196 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
747 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ M. Mladek __
756 __ 1950___3095256 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ A.Nikitin Coll.
781 __ 1950 __ 3059927 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ A. Berry __ YES
785 __ 1950 __ 3095141 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
790 __ 1950 __ 3051259 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Private Collection __ YES
792 __ 1950 __ 3094435 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Asahi-net __ YES
804 __ 1950 __ 3060175 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Ebay (from Italy) __ YES
816 __ 1950 __ 2019243 / CZJ f/2.0 ___ Ebay
901 __ 1950 __ ? / ? _______________ Princelle- info __


From that list you can see that all the Sonnar 50/1,5 are from an early 1938 prewar uncoated batch and are on the earlier camera, and that all the f/2 lenses are coated and from post war Jena production batches on later cameras. The 50/1,5 lenses seems not to be leftovers found after the war (coated lenses would have been available at that time).

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Created by Vlad on 8/15/2007 11:06:33 PM   |   Last Edited by Niko80 on 1/8/2014 1:57:25 PM   Revision History  
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