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JF Bonnin   E-mail: Limas (France) Home page: 2016-02-27 14:07
My very first 35 mm camera was a Zorki 4 with Jupiter 8. Thank you for this website ! JFB

Raid Amin   E-mail: Pensacola   2016-01-25 22:18
Correction: My ZK has number 000029. Is this somehow special?

Raid Amin   E-mail: Pensacola   2016-01-25 22:15
I have a ZK with serial number 0000129, dates 1948.

Arpyia   E-mail: Santiago, Chile Home page: 2016-01-25 17:45
Thanks, I have a Lubitel 2 and a Zenit 12, you have a great site here, full of information and nostalgic.

William Read    Stafford, England   2016-01-15 15:18
Discovering this website today, I was fascinated to see the FED 4L, which I own, though not currently in active use. I had no idea it was named after the founder of the KGB. I would like to see a section in Russian/Soviet telescopes and binoculars, both of which I have owned, and found to be excellent value and quality. Visiting the Ukraine in September 1989 I was surprised to see that none of the Soviet cameras, binoculars, telescopes, monoculars etc that were freely available in Britain were not in sale in the large city of Rovno, now Rivne.

Kamran Q    Baku, Azerbaijan   2015-12-09 10:00
Thank you very much for this beautiful website. Excellent spot for a soviet photo gear collector. Would be nice if you could also cover camera accessories like flashes, lightmeters, rangefinders. But anyway, good job really, keep it up. Will definitely contact you if I find something rare here in Baku.

Ti. Hanlon   E-mail: Auckland N.Z.   2015-11-06 15:27
Thanks very much for putting this informative site up. I am seriously pondering getting myself a Russian Classic and there are so many to choose from it's hard to know where to start: Especially as without reading a site like yours, a buyer can't know if the camera and lens combo are standard issue or put together by the seller. You have cleared up a query I had simply by having the info available: So thanks again. I will repost when I have bought my camera Smile Cheers Tj.

Steve Horstmeyer    Cincinnati, OH, USA   2015-10-18 00:57
Great informative site. Thank you.

Kaupo        2015-09-17 18:33
Just wanted to say - great page!

Stephan   E-mail: Heist o/d Berg, Belgium Home page: 2015-06-02 15:10
As a proud owner/user of a Kiev 6C and a Kiev-10 your site is an obvious choice to find out more about these cameras and the history of other cameras that where produced in the fallen Empire. Keep up the work! Cheers, Stephan

Frank        2015-05-10 16:28
Dear Admin, many thanks for these special sites. Today I bought a Zorki 4 special edition. 50 years of Soviet authority. After I get in touch with your site I have a good feelig to buy. Your No PM 1825. Thanks very much.

Hannes   E-mail: Vienna   2015-02-16 23:40
Hello: Thank you for the great reference. I have a Jupiter 8 lens variant which is not in your list. It is a late PT3110 from a Zorki 4k with 7 digit serial number 7633192. The name marking is in Cyrillic characters, scale markings are in green. There is no "MADE IN USSR" markings on body. I can send you a photo if you like. Hannes

Heinz   E-mail: Stuttgart, Germany   2015-01-08 21:20
The Fotokor-1 are built for a very robust usage. It's true,that they are not totally at the state of the best german cameras. Indeed - my two Fotokors were more or less working, when I got them, while they were in a very sad looking outer state. I've seen famous german cameras, which were in a much better looking state - but with totally stuck mechanics. But the bellows of the Fotokor is of a pretty formidable hardiness. One of them was grey, white and totally moldy, really a health risk in that state. I thought of throwing him away, but gave him a chance. At first I washed the leather side intensively under the water tap, dried him, washed the inner side somewhat less aggressive, dried it - it was still smelling moldy. After appending 30% vinegar and drying this smell was gone, and then I used a lot of leather care. The bellows is surviving, he's black without further coloring, is in a very good fashion, and has obviously no light leak. Believe it or not - I was also not believing such a success before this crazy procedure. I wouldn't dare to append 5% of such a procedure on another bellows. I've seen some bellows, for which I had to use even leather oil with ultralarge care just to avoid further damage.

Heinz   E-mail: Stuttgart, Germany   2015-01-07 23:05
Im owning two Fotokor-1, a PK0245(9150** with Ortagoz 9667**) and a PK0235(6640** with Ortagoz 6744**). The stops on both were bad, so I wanted to repare them and had less success: Some blades were broken, and one shutterblade of the 245 also - the very unusual material for them is celluloid - like non safety films - tending to be brittle and to selfignition increasingly with the years. Burning match - parts are immediately burned down. Too, the GOMZ shutter housing / lens mounts are internally very different for the two lenses (looks like war restrictions for the 245) - housings are very different to open. The 6744** with 4 housing threads, the 9667** 3). You should store the Fotokor at 30°C or lower, avoid it to put them in a fire dangerous area!

m. nielsen      Home page: 2014-12-31 01:04
When You get a old camera, I hope, You check, if there should be an old film in it, and get it processed! Just take a look at my website - the site is ONLY in danish - I'm sorry...

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