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Thank you so much I really enjoyed all the links, especially the pictures and the cigrattes. When my best friend visited Soviet in our youth and played bandy (a very russian and swedish sport, we take turns winning the wc) he bought the russian cigarettes with long paper cylinders on, I think they were called papyross something, for me...............................they were really strong:pI actually dont think I smoked them all.

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I am a sufferer of Soviet Rangefinder Camera Syndrome.

One of my favorites which I use a lot is the FED-4, see photo. FED, models 1 through 5, were very common cameras; many millions were made from the Thirties to the Nineties. Mine is from 1964 and works beautifully.

F.E.D. are the initials of Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky the founder of the NKVD, ancestor of the KGB. The early prewar cameras actually had the NKVD acronym engraved on them, although they were commercial, not spy cameras. And this was done in-factory, not by Frankenmasters later. How did this happen? How did the Soviet Security Apparatus spearhead the production of millions of cameras for the masses? For this trully fascinating story of Soviet Socialist industrial practices, I highly recommend:

http://fedka.com/Useful_info/Commune_by_Fricke/commune_A.htm



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I love Kiev 4 rangefinder (contax III copy with orignal factory machinary, like valjoux-poljot 3133) camera and I have several of them and a lot of lens....
But now I'm searching for russian metronome....but I can't :-(
 

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I love Kiev 4 rangefinder (contax III copy with orignal factory machinary, like valjoux-poljot 3133) camera and I have several of them and a lot of lens....
But now I'm searching for russian metronome....but I can't :-(
Hi,

I am a camera collector long before ever got interested in watches. If you visit rangefinder forum, you can see a lot of interesting Chinese photograhic stuff that I published there.

A 1947 Kiev could fetch very high price now.:-d|>
 

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Congratulation! I have only a chinese Shen-hao 4x5", very good camera!
Thanks. Are you a professional photographer? Normally, hobbist would not use a 4x5" camera.

Here is a super rare Chinese 20mm F2! 35mm movie lens mounted on a beautiful Leningrad.:-d How much would a Leitz 21/2.8 ASPH cost?o|
 

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Hey Comrade Zhang, what happened to the beststuff Russian Camera forum? why is it so quiet? I left for a couple of years and now it seems there is almost no activity. It used to be excellent around 2003-4.
 

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Hey Comrade Zhang, what happened to the beststuff Russian Camera forum? why is it so quiet? I left for a couple of years and now it seems there is almost no activity. It used to be excellent around 2003-4.
Hi,

Were you there in 2003-4? We are old friends.:-! I am not sure what happened. It might have something to do with the owner of that site? I did not go there for about 2-3 years either. I did not hear from Bob Shell for a long time.

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Hi,

Were you there in 2003-4? We are old friends.:-! I am not sure what happened. It might have something to do with the owner of that site? I did not go there for about 2-3 years either. I did not hear from Bob Shell for a long time.
Yes Comrade Soviet,

We are old friends indeed! I sent you a private message revealing my other identity as a Soviet Camera addict. (I have more than one Soviet addictions...)

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Yes Comrade Soviet,

We are old friends indeed! I sent you a private message revealing my other identity as a Soviet Camera addict. (I have more than one Soviet addictions...)

OKEAH
Hi Comrade OKEAH,

I did not receive the message.:-s I haven't heard from my twin brother SteveR for a long time. I miss his lyrics.:-!

Cheers,

Zhang
 

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Hi Comrade OKEAH,

I did not receive the message.:-s I haven't heard from my twin brother SteveR for a long time. I miss his lyrics.:-!

Cheers,

Zhang
So do I Comrade Soviet. We never had such talent in this forum...

I sent you another message

Best

OKEAH
 
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