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mermoz37 Posted - Jan 05 2010 : 11:09:03 AM
note :
a "no-name" factory design Lubitel (black front paint whith original rivets) may be to be silk screen rebadged in export or just for International exibition ? (never used)
and an original Kristall whithout usual hammered grey enamel.Seem to be factory made like this : soft matt aluminium (whithout any scratches or cracks)...I can confirm never painted.
serial number : 61018045


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Fred_L Posted - May 28 2023 : 08:27:41 AM
A special one arrived yesterday
I will open a special thread with more pics for this!!


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED B_0001.jpg

Fred_L Posted - May 28 2023 : 07:55:18 AM
Hi all!!!

One more in my collection....

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0001.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0002.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0003.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0004.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0005.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0006.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0007.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0008.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0009.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0010.jpg

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/2852023_FED Siberia_0011.jpg

uwittehh Posted - May 21 2023 : 5:06:36 PM

thanks, yes, the FED is now one of the beautifuls I own.

Here is another like-new camera, a Zorki 2. It works perfectly and after a CLA it is quiet as a Leica. It comes with the original Zorki 2 leather case, spool and film cassette.

I like the Zorki 2 more than the Zorki, because of the selftimer and that you can change the speeds even it is not cocked.

The engraved versions seem to be more rare than the one with the logo stamped in. But I have not seen a rule when they were engraved and when they were stamped. That seems to be mixed over the few years they were built.






Jacques M. Posted - May 21 2023 : 07:30:56 AM
Added in the wiki. Thanks, Ulrich.
I will have a look to find other ones, if possible.
No idea about the real number of the "Ukrainian" Kiev IIIa...
Amitiés. Jacques.
PS: your early Feb 1b is absolutely beautiful!
uwittehh Posted - May 21 2023 : 04:07:25 AM

I had an Ukrainian Kiev IIIa with serial number 5828601 and a normal Kiev IIIa with serial number 5828053. So really close together.

And, if the number of about 40 KIIV IIIa is wrong, what do you think how much of them were made? I have no idea.


Jacques M. Posted - May 21 2023 : 03:34:20 AM

Hi Alexander,
I found an allusion on this legend on Sovietcam.com. False, of course. About that question, it could be interesting to complete a bit the s/n we have in the wiki: are there "ordinary" non-Ukrainian Kiev III inside the range?
Amitiés. Jacques.
AlexanderK Posted - May 20 2023 : 4:20:58 PM
Hello Jacques,
very nice camera, congratulation! What do you mean with "40 items only"? Where did you find this wrong information?

Regards, Alexander
uwittehh Posted - May 20 2023 : 2:05:52 PM
My newest find, a like new FED 1b with low serial number (11367). It has very fine and shiny chrome and a much finer vulcanite. It seems to be PE0185 as described on Aidas' site. I had to disasssemble it because of hard curtains, and under a lot of dirt and grind I have found this beauty:






uwittehh Posted - May 20 2023 : 2:02:01 PM

nice find. I like these Ukrainian KIIVs. On the 42 Leitz Photograpica Auction is one listed, with the nice red box. Estimated price there ist 6000-7000 Euro...


Jacques M. Posted - Apr 17 2023 : 10:51:10 AM
A Kiev III Ukrainian engravings arrived here some days ago:



Rather rare, but the 40 items only are a legend!
Very happy with this symbolic camera.

Amitiés. Jacques.

cedricfan Posted - Apr 04 2023 : 10:30:07 AM
Long time without any new filmcameras, until today. My Latvian friend sent me a Zenit-E, which could be considered a bit dull, and not worth sending as the lens is an Industar. But this was from first owners legacy, so in great condition, plus with brown full leather case. So not black, nor with plastic "nose". Not a typical case in 1974 IIRC?

Best regards,
fotomuda Posted - Jul 29 2022 : 4:29:57 PM
Something interesting



cedricfan Posted - Jul 09 2022 : 11:13:25 AM


Had to take it homr from a swap market today: one more Swedish version of Lubitel, the AMATÖR

Best regards,
seany65 Posted - May 11 2022 : 11:00:02 AM
I've decided that having received my FED 3A(5) back from the technician now in full working order and can be used, that it counts as "Just arrived in my collection", even though I bought it about ten weeks ago. Serial number on the body: 3217441, serial number on the fed Industar 26m lens:1871128. Both are excellent condition. The focusing ring is smooth and doesn't turn when the aperture ring is turned and I can't really see any dust in it, the lens's body also looks like it's not been very dirty at any time. The camera body is clean and only shows any "age" in a few very tiny places, most noticeably a tiny bit of brassing on the eyepiece.
cedricfan Posted - May 05 2022 : 11:13:30 PM
But the amount of space it takes to own one, it is huge!

Best regards,
AlexanderK Posted - May 05 2022 : 4:08:57 PM
Perfect! I am looking for this stand for many years and still without any success .

Regards, Alexander
fotomuda Posted - May 05 2022 : 12:04:22 PM
Unused Rakurs-672 with stand and all the eletronics, purchased in 1984.




Brian Posted - Feb 20 2022 : 2:03:43 PM

The early finder is the mirror image (almost) of the later model. I assume the reversal was to use the new finder on a Zorki/Fed.
Did KMZ continue making both versions of the finder? I've seen some 4-digit SN finders that are oriented as the new ones.
Brian Posted - Feb 20 2022 : 1:43:45 PM
Early KMZ Turret Finder,


Opened it up to clean, found what looks like Zeiss Numbers.


Brian Posted - Dec 22 2021 : 7:57:14 PM

One more shot, ZOMZ left and KMZ right. New style fixture with threads on leading edge of the fixture and guide ring for better alignment into the barrel.
Brian Posted - Dec 22 2021 : 7:54:04 PM
I received a KMZ Jupiter-3 with a Serial Number higher than what I've seen before. This is my 4th KMZ J-3 made in 1956. This one is different: the fixture for the rear triplet is similar to the ZOMZ. The sides are the same thickness 2.0mm as my other 1956 KMZ J-3's. The 1956 ZOMZ shown here - thickness is 2.2mm.


1956 ZOMZ left; 1956 KMZ 56040xx Middle; 1956 KMZ 5601xxx right.


I think this is a PT1635 using the recomputed formula using Russian glass rather than Schott glass. I'll be testing against the 1956 ZOMZ and earlier KMZ with the Zeiss style rear fixture. The optical block was mounted in a 1970s ZOMZ LTM focus mount, I did a full teardown. Maybe some blocks were found and mounted for sale? The glass is perfect.

fotomuda Posted - Oct 21 2021 : 2:18:32 PM
Unfortunately, the equipment in the laboratory did not have the correct sensor. I could only measure the thickness, it was 0.6mm above the serial number and 0.7mm above the logo.
One theory is that the camera was stolen from the factory before the logo was engraved.



fotomuda Posted - Aug 30 2021 : 04:55:42 AM

I have good news. I can use one laboratory and there is device, with which I can see trought the chrome surface. Will let you know, is there some engraving or not. I thin I can get the answer in month!
uwittehh Posted - Aug 22 2021 : 3:33:47 PM
Jacques, very nice FED :-)

2 nice items arrived here the last time:

A 50 years October Zorki 4 with dark blue silk screening of the logo:

And an early ZK 1,5/50 from 1948 for M39:


Jacques M. Posted - Aug 11 2021 : 06:49:53 AM

Another Fed, not yet here. A rare 1f "romashka".

(seller's photo)

I will open a thread about the early 1f when this one is here.
These early 1f are the last on the tortuous lane which starts from the late 1e, followed by the Fed Arsenal and the "Red Flag"...

Amitiés. Jacques.

Jacques M. Posted - Aug 02 2021 : 09:28:40 AM

So, no doubt, it's a Fed.
As for the year... Probably 1940, by what I see. 1941 would be too late, and the 1939 ones probably still have a yellow brass shutter box with such a month.
Does the pressure film plate has a hole (after c. # 150000) or not (before that number) to confirm? If nothing was changed!

Amitiés. Jacques.
fotomuda Posted - Aug 01 2021 : 2:44:32 PM


I think, it is 19 X and probably I have the missing window also.
paracampo luiz Posted - Jul 24 2021 : 03:39:16 AM
my suggestion nd speculation:
Considering the totally different case and lens (also firing knob), it could be first prototype generation of Neuca which were really overhauled war surplus Feds intended to be sold in Europe.
This was an obscure period (1945-1949) when lots of German engeneers were working in Soviet factories.
Jacques M. Posted - Jul 19 2021 : 05:39:22 AM
Hi Martti,

Yes, there should be a date (day and month only) engraved on the shutter box, where you insert the film. It corresponds to the checking of the mechanism, before the complete assembling. It's not always readable because of the erasion by the cartridge.

Here is an example: 16 X (or XI ?


Have you found the missing window?

Amitiés. Jacques.

fotomuda Posted - Jul 19 2021 : 02:40:06 AM
Hello Vlad and everybody else!

Is there a date marked inside, on the shutter box?
I will look after.
Will try to find out from the seller, where did he get it. He used it last time in 90s.
What to you think, is it possible to look through the surface with some medical device, xray of something?
xya Posted - Jun 30 2021 : 1:27:53 PM
sincere congratulations, jacques, you made it quite soon. 100! incredible!

www.a7camera.com www.120folder.com www.instantphoto.eu www.135compact.com www.oddcameras.com
Jacques M. Posted - Jun 30 2021 : 1:10:23 PM

Yes, Alexander.
These windows can be seen only on the 1a and very early 1b. And too when there was a special reason to check the register. For the moment, I don't know if this camera is original or was assembled with spare parts...

Amitiés. Jacques.
AlexanderK Posted - Jun 30 2021 : 12:01:07 PM
Hi Jacques,
red window on the back side seems to be made later. it doesn't match the camera type.
Let me know please when you get the camera.

Regards, Alexander
Jacques M. Posted - Jun 30 2021 : 08:42:24 AM
My 100th Fed 1.
In fact, an early Fed 1f, with prewar features (circled release button, for example).
I will tell more when I have it.

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/3062021_Fed 210155.jpg

Amitiés. Jacques.

Vlad Posted - Jun 21 2021 : 09:33:00 AM
Hi Martti, welcome back! Haven't seen you around in a long time! . I have a similar one but with unfinished chroming. I think the engraving has been filled (instead of filed down) and entire top cover has been re-chromed for later transformation into a Feica, I've encountered a few of these. Someone did a very good job.

Best regards,
Jacques M. Posted - Jun 21 2021 : 08:47:37 AM

A cover erased, then re-chromed, waiting for another engraving? But it seems there is no difference between the chromes cover/upper plate. So, a cover originally non engraved?
To know more, is there a date marked inside, on the shutter box?

PS: it seems you miss the RF front window. PM if you need one.
fotomuda Posted - Jun 21 2021 : 05:46:57 AM
No marks from FED logo removal.



Jacques M. Posted - Jun 17 2021 : 4:01:05 PM
Hi Martti,
Certainly a Fed NKVD 1d/1e, by what I see. Without engravings (are there traces of erasure ?).
The lens is very interesting in itself: a LTM Sonnar 2/5cm. Do you have its serial number or a photo of the beauty ring?

Amitiés. Jacques.
fotomuda Posted - Jun 17 2021 : 07:44:43 AM
Help me out, what is this?
An old man sold it to me, he said it's been in his closet for 30 years.
He said he used it to take pictures of himself.










schyter Posted - Jun 04 2021 : 3:07:12 PM
Almaz 103 / MC Zenitar 16mm


Only dead fish follow the stream ...
paracampo luiz Posted - Jun 03 2021 : 3:14:46 PM
absolutely beautiful!
Jacques M. Posted - Jun 03 2021 : 10:43:29 AM
A Fed 1 in battledress, here (some weeks ago, in fact).
Just for fun (and for the 1e inscription!)

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent2/362021_Fed battledress.jpg


schyter Posted - Apr 27 2021 : 04:00:57 AM
Zenit 17 / Jupiter 3 / Chajka 2M





Only dead fish follow the stream ...
uwittehh Posted - Apr 14 2021 : 4:29:59 PM
Hi folks,

I have found this rare early black Jupiter 8 from 1966 the last time. It has the shape of the silver ones and it not browned/black oxided but black painted.


uwittehh Posted - Apr 14 2021 : 4:26:47 PM
Jacques, great! What a nice FED. Hope you'll find the next two soon :-)


Jacques M. Posted - Apr 05 2021 : 07:31:14 AM

Another Fed S, here. One of the very first ones, probably (s/n 55217), but without the 2/50mm lens, alas...

(photo of the seller, sokrat_photo)

It's my 98th Fed 1. The 100th soon!

Amitiés. Jacques.

mirror Posted - Mar 28 2021 : 2:16:07 PM
Early FED 1b No. 8866 with notched viewfinder frame and the angular viewfinder.






schyter Posted - Mar 28 2021 : 12:59:02 PM
Zenit 15 black by Vilejka 1985
Zenitar-M 1.7/50


Only dead fish follow the stream ...
perkinsmg Posted - Mar 28 2021 : 03:37:06 AM
The biggest camera in my collection (bigger even than a Kiev 60 ;-) ) - I have finally got an FKD 13x18.

Lens is a KOMZ and from 1956 if they followed the usual serial number conventions. The nameplate seems to show it was made in Kharkov (харкiв in Ukrainian. I guess that's Orgtechnica?



uwittehh Posted - Mar 20 2021 : 11:38:57 AM

I also like the Zenit B, because my first serious camera was a Revueflex B that I got from my older brother in the mid 70ies. It is still in my collection today :-)



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