|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.|
|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.|
|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 Cheers Tj.|
||Cincinnati, OH, USA
|Great informative site. Thank you.|
|Just wanted to say - great page!|
||Heist o/d Berg, Belgium
|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
many thanks for these special sites.
Today I bought a Zorki 4 special
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.|
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.
|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
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
The bellows is surviving, he's black
without further coloring, is in a very
good fashion, and has obviously no light
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
I've seen some bellows, for which I had
to use even leather oil with ultralarge
care just to avoid further damage.
|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
|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...|
|nice ! body marked B CCCP no
6023537.Shutter blocked/out of order
probably for having change time before
rotating the shutter knob. What can I
do? Someone can give me a simple
instruction (not technical) to adjust it
? Thanks so much. |
|Very nice webpage!
I have got a Vilia Auto from my mom. She
bought it in Moscow in 1980. After some
repairs, it is still in perfect shape. I
|Really useful website!! I've just found
a bounty of old zenit cameras and lenses
which i've inherited. If anyone is
interested heres a link, they're wasted
on me so i'm trying to sell them.
|Extremely useful catalog! Great
collection. I've got some things which
I didn't know before. And some my
cameras have early s/n than defined in
description as 'An earliest so far