I was not impressed when I got it about 8 years ago. Examining it now I am still unimpressed. It is a clunky thing with limited shutter speeds and what amounts to a preset aperture. It is uncomfortable to hold being quite nose heavy with its Helios 44-4 58mm f2 lens.
Little bumps that were so common 75 years ago but not today are appearing behind the leather covering.
I am probably being unfair never having put a roll of film through it but there is little inducement. Nor did it make me want to further investigate Russian cameras.
First impressions, you know.
I bought a new Zenit 12xp to replace my Ricoh KR-5 when they were still soviet. Early 80's. Not as good as the Ricoh but you get what you pay for. The bestest Soviet camera I have would be my Fed Micron 1/2 frame with selenium meter still working. The rest of my FSU's are Zorki's & FED's.
Post by bobinleipsic on Apr 24, 2012 6:08:00 GMT -5
Well, my FED 2b arrived, seems to be OK, film developed, etc. . . There is a bit of haze in the lens, Elmar 3.5 collapsible copy, but I have another one to replace it. Cost? $15.00 US, via a friend from another forum (Not cameras!).
I have a Zorki, with an Industar 50mm lens. It's not bad, but it's always jarring to see how much play there is in the diaphragm collar. But of course, it doesn't really affect the way it works very much.
I think that was the Russian philosophy on most things.
Ahh... the joys of Russian quality control, err..lack of!, when they are good, all is well, but they do go adrift far too often, but are easily serviceable if you are that way inclined. When in the Photo Trade in the late 1970's I once saw the importer to the UK, TOE LTD's window in the Holborn shop, and was impressed to see all the then current Russian production on display, every model, all the lenses, Pro 120, Movie including a 35mm, and other exotica not retailed in the UK. Quick enquiry to the Rep, the Russian Ambassador was visiting the next day, and the Soviet Embassy had arranged a full crate load of the latest stuff, some never made for retail sale etc. I have never seen again such a large display of now collectable gems from Russia! The window was back to displaying Zenit's, Quartz 8mm, Cosmics and Lubitels by the next week. Stephen.
Last Edit: Aug 29, 2012 13:39:55 GMT -5 by Stephen