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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2

Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  09:50:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
(On the RFF-site I published this question first. Some gentle people referred to this site... Therefore .. there we go again:)

Hello. My name is Ad. I am new on this forum. And first of all: my apologies for my somewhat poor English. My subject is a FED camera.
This summer I went on vacation in Germany. Being a collector of (rangefinder) cameras I bought in the neighbourhood of Dresden three cameras in a small, dark "antique"/junk-store: a Kiev (3A) and two Leica copies, Russian, according to the seller. One copy with a (CZJ - Tessar, nr. 3617223) lens, the other without a lens. I saw that one of the Leica-copies was chromed. All 3 together: € 50. Three weeks later, at home again, I discovered some strange things on the two Leica-copies: no inscriptions for example, and a square mounting plate behind the lens. I'm no "connaisseur" of Leica cameras or Leica-copies. So I contacted "TomTiger" Piel (https://tomtiger.home.xs4all.nl/fakes.html ).
He assumed these two cameras were Feds with a Contax-mount (T.S.V.V.S F93- "No Name", from the "Princelle" Catalogue). (Very?) Rare. But he also wrote that these types were often counterfeited! (The camera looks exactly like the PH1005 on the website: http://www.sovietcams.com/index.php?1556498228, except the lens of course.)
So, before I will spend some money for a CLA and/or a repair, I want to know if these 2 old cameras are original FED's TSVVS F93-No Name or fakes ...........
I hope this forumsite can give me more information.
My question to you is: Can anyone tell me how I can see whether these cameras are original "No Name" FEDs or counterfeited?
Also I'll have to detect if the cameras are well functioning. Therefore I have to read a manual of the FED 1d first. If a repair is necessary (and when it is unmistakable that the copies are original), I would be interested in CLA costs and persons who are capable to do a CLA. (Assuming it is too difficult to do it yourself, follow the link, for example, to J.Javier: http://jay.fedka.com/index_files/Page466.htm). Later I will be interested in the strange history of this hybrid camera. But first of all I'll have to wait for answers at my first question: original or not.
I have made some pictures. Please let me know which are relevant.
In advance, thanks for your answers and responses, any help will be appreciated.
Kind regards,
Ad

*) P.S. I saw that that there are 4 very minor differences between both oldies: on the chromed version are 2 inscriptions of small arrows: one (curved) nearby the button/switch of the reversing lever, the other (straight) nearby the filmcounter; otherwise on the other version is on the bottom a small black button mounted (looks like a flash contact...). And last: the 6 screws on de upperplate (3 front, 3 back) are not exactly placed on the same spots.

Vladislav Kern
Vlad
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  09:54:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Ad,
This is the right place . Please post the pictures, I'm sure there are plenty of people here that can help!

Cheers,
Vlad.
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sean perry
seany65
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  3:41:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Mosasaurus2 and welcome to the forum.
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  4:14:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Vlad,
Here are some pictures of the both oldies ...
The metal version:




http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/12122016_PC110411.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:43:52 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  4:16:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The chromed version:

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/12122016_PC110414.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:43:11 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  4:17:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beneath the metal version:

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/12122016_PC110409.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:44:34 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  4:18:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Metal version above:

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/12122016_PC110419.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:42:03 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  4:21:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The metal version:

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/12122016_PC120451.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:41:06 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  4:23:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The chromed version:

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/12122016_PC120442.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:40:44 AM
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
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Posted - Dec 12 2016 :  5:12:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Ad!

At first glance these do look like legit TSVVS (or VTS-VS) cameras with smaller rangefinder and viewfinder windows than FEDs. This is quite interesting as you have found them together in Germany, as one of the running theories here by Alexey Nikitin (levonsa) is that they were made in East-German factory by special Soviet order. I would like to get some other's opinions as well, but these seem like genuine articles to me (considering all TSVVS are gunuine) - another theory that the whole series is an elaborate line of fakes made by very skilled technicians in Poland..

I personally more inclined towards Alexey's story.

Cheers,
Vlad
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 13 2016 :  05:41:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,

Welcome here, Ad.
I had seen your question on RFF. And frankly, it's not easy to answer. Probably we could share the discussion and examine your two cameras separately...

There are many special features on TSVVS-s. I only take four of them.

- the weight. The body and the bottom are made of brass, so they are heavier than Feds. To compare: 572g for body + bottom, 52g for bottom only. For a Fed: 366g and 43g in the same conditions.
- the internal number, stamped on the bottom (internal face), bottom of the shutter box, and internal face of the belt, under the press film.
- the finder. The front window is smaller than Feds', and it is in the middle of the front rectangle.
- the dimensions, lightly bigger than Feds, so that a Fed shoe cannot be mounted on a TSVVS.

There are curious features on your cameras, and I wonder if they were not made from TSVVS parts, completed with other ones... Anyway, you should buy a 1d to compare closely, Ad...

Of course OK about the possible German origin of the TSVVS. I remind that some Jena Contaxes have the same internal engraved numbers as TSVVS-s. And brass made bodies!

Amitiés. Jacques.
PS: I should be deceived that this discussion would end by a sale, as it was several times the case not long ago.

Edited by - Jacques M. on Dec 14 2016 07:36:02 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 13 2016 :  4:02:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,

1. Thanks for your answer. Too bad for me: the weight of both camera's is only 532 g each (excl. lens, incl. bottom). The weight of the bottoms is 49/48 g each. Material is brass, as you can see on the pictures ...?
2. The internal number is difficult to find. Should I use a screwdriver?
3. The finder looks very small
4. The length is 13,4 cm, depth is 3,1 cm.
(5). There also is the question about the leather: smooth indeed.

Vriendelijke groet,
Ad
P.S. I can reassure you: I have no intention to sell ...
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 13 2016 :  5:54:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The so called "flash contact(?) (the metal version):

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/13122016_PC140454.JPG




http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/13122016_PC140456.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:38:23 AM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  04:01:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Ad,

Sorry, the TSVVS is a bit smaller, not bigger. I should have re read my post... The dimensions you give are Fed's ones, TSVVS's ones are about 13,3cm/3cm if I take them at the shoe. And as said before, a TSVVS bottom cannnot be mounted on a Fed.

Concerning the finder, is seems that the window is too low (not exactly centered) on one of your cameras. Impossible to say for the other which is not entirely visible.

I look for an internal number and I post it.

Jacques.

Edited by - Jacques M. on Dec 14 2016 04:20:24 AM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  04:37:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, here is the internal number of my TSVVS s/n 264 stamped on the inside of the bottom plate:


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_TSVVS 012.jpg

No need to take a screwdriver or a magnifier to see it. It is well visible. The same number is stamped on the reverse of the shutter box (well visible too) and behind the press plate (the camera must be taken to pieces).

Jacques.


Edited by - Jacques M. on Dec 14 2016 06:55:53 AM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  05:46:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Something else.
The bottom plate is bolted on the body through a piece which is screwed on your camera (your 4:17:57 PM post), like on Leicas.
On TSVVS-s and most Feds, this piece is riveted.

See here the difference:


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_DSCF2584.JPG

Screws on left (Leica type), rivets on right (TSVVS type).

It would be interesting too to have a photo of the release spring. Fed's and TSVVS's are different.

Jacques.

PS: I had let the spool when weighing the TSVVS. Without anything, I have 559g.





Edited by - Jacques M. on Dec 14 2016 07:38:56 AM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  08:15:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

So, original TSVVS or not? Impossible to be absolutely sure.

No doubt that some features are original: the buttons, the accessory shoe, the ears for straps, the leatherette. And the general look too: I agree with Vlad.

For me, they could be pre series cameras, before the official production, with some Fed/Leica parts. Or post series ones, with original parts completed with others. The fact that these cameras are not engraved goes in that direction: they could have been made in Germany, as said previously, but not sent in USSR, because non official ones.

Of course, we cannot completely exclude that they are fakes. A regular TSVVS worths 3000€ or so. At that price, it's easy to convince a faker. But I don't think it is the case: too many details are original. And seeing the price you paid for them...

You really have very interesting cameras, Ad. Just the ones I love: those who put questions!

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  08:35:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
Here are 2 pictures of the of the bottom-plate (and here appear some more differences: (above) riveted (chromed version) and bolted (normal metal version)).


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_PC140458.JPG





http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_PC140460.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:46:14 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  08:47:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
Release spring = release button? Or do I have to search for a special spring in the body?
Salut,
Ad
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  08:50:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This may be going towards more discussion again about TSVVS origins, but a friend in Russia sent me an old article from Soviet Photo magazine (I have to find it, but it's in Russian), by a Polish technician who was describing installing a Contax mount on a FED camera. There was then a whole group of Russian collectors that started inclining towards a theory that the whole series were produced by this very talented group of Polish technicians as a "fantasy" series. Same people who made the FED Sport and Zorki 75. One of their arguments was that no one knew about this camera until it showed up in 1990s on the collector's market and there is no record of it anywhere before 1980s or so...

I hate to start another fire, but I think this forum is the place where to air such theories.

Cheers,
Vlad
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  09:29:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ad,

You have a part of the release spring on your 4:17:57 post. It's the blue/black blade which is in connection with the release button: the spring moves when you press the button.

Vlad, sure you are an incendiary. You have prepared the extinguishers?

Jacques.
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  10:14:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, Vlad,
Interesting that old article. When you have find it, could I receive a copy? I will make a try to read it....
Regards,
Ad
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  10:19:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
Here is a picture of blades you meant. They look the same to me. The second looks a bit out of alignment.... (Metal version above.)


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_PC140465.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:33:50 AM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  10:27:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Vlad, Jacques,
Why fire and firebrigade? Those are severe words :). It lookes like I've missed a dispute ...?
Regards,
Ad
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  10:30:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK. The springs are TSVVS ones.
Fed's are flat:


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_DSCF2284.JPG

Sure Vlad will post here the article when he has found it.

Jacques.


Edited by - Jacques M. on Dec 14 2016 10:32:27 AM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  10:54:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Ad,

It seems I see a "17" on the right of your second camera. Can you confirm?
No cipher inside the corresponding bottom plate?

Jacques.
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Vladislav Kern
Vlad
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  11:23:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For now I was only able to find one of the articles placed in April 1968 Soviet Photo "courtesy of Czechslovakian reader": This one is how to adapt an LTM lens (Russar) into Contax mount. There are more drawings somewhere that throw hints here and there of crossover LTM/Contax technology that had been experimented on in Poland/Czechoslovakia in those days.


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_Apr_1968_1.jpg


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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  2:03:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Vlad, thanks a lot.
Now I'll have to search for my old Russian dictionary. (I haven't used it for more than 30 years...)
Regards,
Ad

Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 14 2016 2:18:52 PM
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  2:14:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
"17" you saw , on the right ...? ( Picture of 10:19:47, below?) Where exactly? Can you give me the coordinates :) ? (I feel like David Hemmings in Antonioni's Blow up... :) )
And what is the location "inside the bottom plate"? I'll have to remove something, the blade?
Salut,
Ad

Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 14 2016 2:59:27 PM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  3:07:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Picture 10:19:47, camera with rivets. The "17" is on the right, between the right extremity of the spring and the screw...
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 14 2016 :  4:20:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
A "2"????? (Chromed version.)

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/14122016_PC140479.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 19 2016 07:32:50 AM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 15 2016 :  03:57:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

OK, I have dreamt.
It would have been interesting: it's at this right place that there is a stamped number (at least on my "264").

I have nothing more to add now. You can see that there are vey light differences between these two backs of shutter box. More generally speaking, I always think that your cameras are pre or post run TSVVS.

The lens is most interesting too. It belongs to a series of 10 (only !!) Tessars delivered the 14/06/1951, by Thiele. It's the last series of this lens produced by CZJ. And the only one to be written "50mm", not "5cm". The date is interesting in itself: it could lead to a post series for the cameras.

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 15 2016 :  08:37:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Another thread about the same subject:

http://ussrphoto.com/Forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2094
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 15 2016 :  2:02:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
Merci beaucoup. Thanks a lot.
I'm going to read it with great enthousiasm.
Can we conclude (about the 2 camera's) that it is worth to make an investment for repair/ cleaning?
So yes, it is probably to difficult do do it yourself. Do you know a capable person here in Europe?
Amitiés,
Ad
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 15 2016 :  3:30:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On the picture of the bottom plate (12 december (4:18:51) I can see a number: "1", I suppose. This is confusing... (Should be "2".) Below a detail/close up.
Regards,
Ad


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/15122016_PC150485.JPG


Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 15 2016 3:33:03 PM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 15 2016 :  3:51:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

About a repair/cleaning, you will do what you want, Ad.
But frankly, I would keep the two cameras in their actual condition, so that they can be studied a bit more closely, by an expert, for example...

If you decide to have them cleaned, a Leica screw mount specialist will be perfect. No doubt you have some in Netherlands. If not, I can provide you two adresses in France.

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 15 2016 :  4:06:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I don't know if your "1" can be considered as an original cipher: impossible to say, only by a photo. It depends on the depth of engraving and the dimension of the cipher... And it would be necessary to compare the position of the numbers on all the TSVVS we know: are these numbers always put in the same place?

TSVVS are rare cameras (probably 1000 samples), so they are not completely known. Already for the running production! As for your couple...

Jacques.
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 17 2016 :  09:57:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
I've a question about your remark of Dec 15 2016 :  03:57:14 AM.
(It's a pity that I don't own the CZJ inventory book of Thiele.) You noticed that on 14/6/1951 a series of 10 were made.
Do you mean 1 serie of 10 lenses or 10 series of ... lenses? And only 1 lens with the inscription of 50mm? That's peculiar and rare...
Regards, amitiés,
Ad

http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/17122016_PC170490.JPG

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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 17 2016 :  10:42:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

It was in 1951 that Zeiss modified the distance scale on their lenses (cm -> mm).

So, your lens belongs to a serie of 10 lenses in a Contax mount. This serie was the last for the f2,8-5cm/50mm (in Contax mount)and the only one to be marked in mm. All the precedent were marked in cm. There were no other 2,8/50mm in Contax mount later.

Of course, it's a rare lens, as only 10 exist!

Jacques.
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Bill Parkinson
nightphoto
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Posted - Dec 17 2016 :  7:00:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit nightphoto's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello Ad,
As well as a very rare lens (which is likely original to the camera, considering the date) both of your TSVVS cameras are also rare. They are likely more rare than the usual TSVVS cameras seen in collections, auctions, and for sale.

Both have no TSVVS Soviet Military markings or logo. Niether has a serial number. So it is likely that they were never in the hands of the Soviet military services. They may be prototypes and that may be what the engraved "1" that you pictured refers to - prototype or example No. 1.

Also, one of your cameras appears to have a highly mirror polished chrome finish. This is very unusual and may have been the original idea for the finish instead of the normal acid-frosted finish found on other examples.

So, It would be my strong opinion that it would be better to leave the cameras in the condition they are in rather than to devalue them with a CLA just so they can work. There are plenty of working examples of the TSVVS but yours are special and any replacement or alteration of parts could be harmful to the originality and thus the history of each camera.

I have always thought that the probability of these cameras having been designed and produced in Soviet Occupied East Germany, with the exception of possibly having been engraved in the USSR (although the style of the engraving is not so much like other Soviet cameras either).

You have found a treasure trove of museum pieces, so please be careful with them!

Regards, Bill

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Juhani Halmeenmaki
cedricfan
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Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  01:37:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit cedricfan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This has been a very interesting topic, and may help in solving the TSVVS history.
But one wish: I would love to see better pictures of the whole cameras.

Best regards,
Juhani
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  04:08:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Ad,

I completely agree with Bill about the historical importance of your cameras.

About the shape of the cover, if we refer to the following thread: http://ussrphoto.com/Forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2094 , it seems that the "round" corners of the cover were made after the "straight" ones. Yours have round corners. If we consider too the lens (which could be original on the camera), delivered in 1951, we could have post production. But we know not how the normal running was delivered. And pre production would be more logical!

Concerning the dimensions of the cameras, I really think that you should buy a 1d or 1f to make a close comparison with your two cameras, Ad. If it's not possible for some reason, I can send you one of my Fed 1.

Amitiés. Jacques.


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Bill Parkinson
nightphoto
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Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  10:50:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit nightphoto's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Jacques,
Yes, you are right. It does seem that these two cameras have come from the second group from looking at the shape of the corner, as well as the date of the lens.

So, maybe not prototypes, but two cameras from the second year of production that were left in East Germany rather than sent to the USSR. Since one has 'mirror' chrome and on has 'frosted chrome, maybe the mirror chrome one was constructed from parts that were taken from production before the frosting of the chrome, which maybe can be explained (as well as no engravings of numbers or logos) to be samples put together to look at the changes made (so, a sort of prototype or example of the second series?).

Regards, Bill

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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  2:03:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques & Bill,
Thanks for the investigation, research and good words.
I wanted to search for a repair of the shutter (the ribbon of the curtain of the normal metal version, is broken). But I follow your advice: I'll do nothing at the moment. But: I'm very curious if there is a number inside the camera. It can do no harm to unscrew the 6 screws of the camerahouse?

And when I'm in France again, I 'll take a look at your 1d, Jacques :).
And Juhani: I'll make some better pictures of the whole camera.

Regards,
Ad

Edited by - Mosasaurus2 on Dec 18 2016 2:05:20 PM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  2:55:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

If I were you, I would not do that, unless you are a pro. You risk to scratch the screws and spoil the screw-threads when remounting. And there are not only the six screws on the upper plate to dismount; the four black front screws too: they tie the shutter box directly to the body... And the four screws of the lens plate also, for sure...

You should train on an inexpensive Fed or Zorki before trying that on your cameras...

As for showing my 70 Fed 1 to you, no problem when you are here!

Jacques.

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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
31 Posts
Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  3:09:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Jacques,
70, vraiment? Really? I can't wait ... :)
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Guido Studer
Guido
Switzerland
362 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  3:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Guido's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Hello Ad

I'm very interested in this find and I don't have a clear opinion about it at the moment. Your cameras are not very well documented at the moment as Jacques mentioned more than one time. More and better pictures would help a lot. I don't understand what picture is showing camera A or B. I can't say anything about the authenticity of the cameras because I own a not so authentic copy only (made from a FED).

It would be a very good idea to meet Jacques with your cameras and I'm shure this would bring us to new interesting facts.

I would consider not to change anything at the cameras too. Please keep them as they are because of the historical importance they may have.

Best wishes - Guido
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Alexander K.
AlexanderK
Germany
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Posted - Dec 18 2016 :  3:49:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Ad,
I think it is not too late to join the thread. You can see my no-name TSVVS hier:
http://ussrphoto.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=790&whichpage=2
It looks similar to yours. If you need more photos to compare let me know.

Regards, Alexander
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 19 2016 :  07:01:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Alexander,
I'll examine your photos. Thanks.
M.fr.Gr.,regards,
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Ad van Hout
Mosasaurus2
Netherlands
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Posted - Dec 19 2016 :  07:11:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Juhani,
At your request: 2 pictures of the camera's. Above the chromed version. It's difficult to make a picture of the chromed version: strange reflections all over.


http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/19122016_PC190496.JPG




http://www.ussrphoto.com/UserContent/19122016_PC190500.JPG

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Ulrich W.
uwittehh
Germany
735 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Dec 19 2016 :  07:42:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit uwittehh's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Ad,

no doubts for me that they are both real TSVVS cameras. Congratulations to that find. The chromed one could be chromed later, but to say that one must have it in the hands.

If you are interested I can inspect and clean them. I have disassembled my TSVVS some times ago and I think I can say if yours are real.

Ulrich

http://fotos.cconin.de
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