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papyrazzi Posted - Dec 14 2011 : 3:37:05 PM
Never easy to speak over itself and more when you're using a language who's not yours... Indeed, I have many problems with these hot stones that I have to keep in my mouth to speak the language of Shakespeare with the proper accent. This wonder so much effort and concentration that I still can not write properly in English. So my apologies if I happen not to write or explain correctly.

At the occasion of the purchase of a particular digital camera, I decided to purchase some Russian lenses that I heard or read the praise here and there, to finally try them and have my own opinion.
Obviously, left to myself and having no knowledge of Russian equipment, I quickly lost in that wonderfull jungle.
After many readings, I tried my luck and bought a few lenses that are commonly found. Some in M42 mount, some others in M39 as I could also try them on my Leica M3 (with appropriate adapter ring).
Some I like a lot, others less.
But since my first purchase, an insidious virus has installed in me and I can not help to go every day to make a "quick tour of the russian market" to see what might interest me. Even today I bought a small Jupiter 3 of 1984 (Valdai). I would rather buy the ZK Zorki I had found, but I had the unpleasant conviction that it was unfortunately a fake. For this reason, moreover, a reference person invited me to register with you promises me you'll learn me a lot.
Obviously, I have not (yet) the middle of a collector. But I always try to know exactly what I buy and am passionate about the origin of my equipment.
Tonight or tomorrow I will buy my first camera of Russian origin.
Without any experience, but after an initial filtering, I will have to decide between a Fed-3 or a Zorki-4. But the balance tips strong towards Zorki for now. I still think for a while.
I do not feel enough "expert" to buy older models, but I know it will come... thanks of you.

New user of Russian photographic material. But I care of me !
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papyrazzi Posted - Dec 17 2011 : 11:41:44 AM
Réponse que j'aurais donnée également, Jacques et... merci pour l'accueil.

Answers from Jacques are very reasonnable... "the one I use;... the one I want"!
The one I use... I already have a lot of camera's, digital or no (MF, 35mm, APSC, compact) and use them all!
I just now wanted to taste these camera's who are invade my nights and dreams these last weeks.
The one I want... I've bought today a nice Zorki 4 + Industar-61-L/D (nieuw piece). I think, tomorrow it will be a Zorki C + a collapsile Fed 50 + another collapsile Industar 22 (type PT5860) + an Industar 26-M (type PT4320).
But... there is also a nice Fed-2 who does all he can to seduce me. And I must confess it has a very eye appealing! How long should I resist?

Thanks for your welcome Alexander. You're wright, there is so an infinite diversity in Russian photographic material that you feel totally lost in an unknown crazy world ! Th'at's the reason I also have bought a detailed "map" to recover the right path: Jean-Loup Princelle's reference book.

New user of Russian photographic material. But I care of me !
Jacques M. Posted - Dec 17 2011 : 09:30:39 AM

Welcome in that world of maniacs, papyrazzi!
About your question "which camera is the best to shoot?" As for me, it's the one I use. Now, a Fed S...

My question is rather "which camera is the best to collect?" The one I don't own!

Amitiés. Jacques.
AlexanderK Posted - Dec 16 2011 : 4:13:18 PM
Hi papyrazzi,
wellcome to the crazy world of russian photo equipment !
Don't stop with you experiments with russian lenses. I still use almost all my 42mm russian lenses with the digi Canon 30D and the results are unbelivable good!

Keep it up!

Regards, Alexander
papyrazzi Posted - Dec 16 2011 : 06:39:59 AM
Hi Bill,
I try,indeed.
I'm still watching and analyzing several offers to buy 2 different pieces (Fed-2 or 3 + Zorki-4 or Zorki-5) but there is such variety in the equipment that I do not really go out.
I also don't know yet to determine what type of device is the best issue regarding their use, robustness, quality, etc. ... Pffff!
If I had an expert near me, I had already decided !

New user of Russian photographic material. But I care of me !
nightphoto Posted - Dec 15 2011 : 5:13:21 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum! I hope you find many good Russian cameras and lenses!

Regards, Bill

papyrazzi Posted - Dec 14 2011 : 8:24:40 PM
Thanks Vlad.

New user of Russian photographic material. But I care of me !
Vlad Posted - Dec 14 2011 : 8:17:27 PM
Greetings! Welcome to the forum, papyrazzi!

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