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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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John Player Special - Kiev 30

Vlad's Description
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Wiki Catalog Entry
This is an earlier version of John Player Special made with Kiev 30 camera and not 303 like the later ones. It is much cruder form, built into a tin can type cigarete box with a top cover made with real cut off cigarette butts and even has 2 full real cigarettes in it.

The winding is done with a sliding button the side of the camera and shutter is released with a tiny button on the opposite side. Picture is taken through a hole made in the tin can.

Collection of Vladislav Kern
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