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Fred_L
France
222 Posts
Posted - Dec 18 2011 :  1:12:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all!

I wonder why some Zenit 18 bodies have a 8 digit serial number, and other have only 7 digits.
For example with my cameras:
83000436
83000635
8600140
8601105
Does someone has an explanation please?

Thank you very much

Fred

Juhani Halmeenmaki
cedricfan
Finland
1011 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Dec 18 2011 :  1:45:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit cedricfan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Added my 860xxxx serials to Wiki (http://www.ussrphoto.com/Wiki/default.asp?WikiCatID=69&ParentID=1&ContentID=590&Item=Zenit+18)

Best regards,
Juhani
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David Tomlinson
RCCCUK
United Kingdom
208 Posts
Posted - Dec 19 2011 :  02:40:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think that KMZ probably dropped the extra zero and reduced the digits from eight to seven when they realised that they were not goiing to produce so many Zenit-18s. Were all Zenit-18s manufactured in 1983 and 1986? Does anyone have a Zenit-18 manufactured in any other year?

David.
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David Tomlinson
RCCCUK
United Kingdom
208 Posts
Posted - Dec 19 2011 :  02:44:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have just added my Zenit-18 to the Wiki Catalog and noticed that there is a 1985 camera listed.

David.
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Martti Muda
fotomuda
Estonia
155 Posts
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Posted - Dec 19 2011 :  03:16:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit fotomuda's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My camera is also 8601687!
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Jacques M.
France
2571 Posts
Posted - Dec 19 2011 :  10:29:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

David's explanation is certainly the good one.

KMZ had already had these problems. For example, with ZK lenses. In 1947-48, they had 6 numbers (ex: 1948-003963). They suppressed a number for 1949 (ex: 4903637). The explanation: the totalization was additive for the years 1947 and 1948, it became year by year from 1949.

On the contrary, they jumped to 8 numbers for their Zorki 1 in 1955 and 1956. That time, the first two numbers marking the date...

There are probably other examples...

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
USA
4247 Posts
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Posted - Dec 19 2011 :  9:06:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well, I got one from 1981. #81000469

Cheers,
Vlad.
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Fred_L
France
222 Posts
Posted - Dec 20 2011 :  07:36:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, thank you all...
It seems that models from 1980 to 1983 have 8 digits, and after 1984?, only 7 digits.
What is sure is that all models i have seen from 1986 and later have only 7 digits..

I have had mine to wiki too...

Fred
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Guido Studer
Guido
Switzerland
362 Posts
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Posted - Dec 20 2011 :  07:45:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Guido's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Hello Fred

The s/n's of 1984 have 8 digits too.

Best wishes - Guido
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Fred_L
France
222 Posts
Posted - Dec 20 2011 :  07:50:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Guido

I was not sure for 1984...

Thank you very much!!

Fred
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