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Kiev Manual

Droug


The Droug(friend in Russian) is a very interesting design. This seems to be one of these designs where the designer said "Lets see how many different things we can do!". The body is interesting, it is very rectangular with few protusions. The front corners are chamfered while the rear corners are rounded. The combined rangefinder/viewfinder assembly is chromed while the body is black. The body is treated the same as a late model Zorki with black stripes top and bottom and around the lens and the same style fabric. On the right front below the rangefinder window is a small round shiny chrome shutter release button that is threaded for cable release. Below this is the button for the self timer and a stylized self timer lever, both shiny chrome. On the other side of the lens is a small lever that looks like the self timer lever. This serves as the film rewind release. The viewfinder window is contained within a shiny chrome frame. The freme has two sections one containing the view finder window and the other the camera name and a small range finder window. The viewfinder is centered over the lens with the other section to the right. The viewfinder has frames for 50mm and 85 mm lenses that are not parallax correcting. The range finder cam has a wheel on the end and is fixed on the viewfinder end. On the top deck in the left front corner is a semicircular window for the frame counter and there is a wheel pritruding on the left side of the camera for resetting the counter. Next is the shutter speed dial which looks very much like a Zorki dial. The shutter speeds are 30,B,1000,500,250,125,60,15,4,8 and 2. The shutter is a cloth focal plane shutter and the curtains are hidden behind a casting inside the canera. In the center of the top deck is a stamped metal accessory shoe that is made to look as if it were machined. Finally, on the right side of the top deck is a film reminder. On the back of the top deck in the center is a black plasitic viewfinder window with the KMZ prism engraved to the right and two flash jacks. The back is hinged on the left side. Now we come to the bottom of the Droug,where we find a recessed rewindknob and a three Eights tripod recepticle. Centered on the bottom is a chrome folding lever. This lever folds down to become the film advance, moveing aboue 38mm to the left in a slot to advance the film. This film advance is very similar to the Leicavit or the one on the Canon 7. This direction of movement exposes one of the Drougs' other pecularities, the film advances out of the cassette on the right side. The camera also came with a shiny machined aluminum lens cap and lens hood. A black plastic cap to fit the lens hood was also supplied. This camera has a brown everready leather case with chrome trim around the top and bottom. Droug in cyrllic script is within a keystone shaped border and both are embossed into the lens cover.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24x36mm
Dimensions:
height: 9.0cm
width: 13.9cm
depth: 7.1cm
weight: 624gm
Normal lens: Jupiter-8 50mm f2
Lens Mount: m39 rf
Typical serial no: 6007245

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Leningrad


This is a range finder camera that has a spring motor for film advance. This camera has a very strange shaped body. The corners on the rear are rounded while the front corners are square and there is a reset area where the lens is mounted. The camera has a folding support foot and shoulder strap lugs. The camera has a self timer on the left front of the body.


Caution:
Many cameras are found with the self timer broken and so a special note is warranted. Never set the self timer when the camera is not wound. If the shutter release is pushed in the unwound condition with the self timer set it will break the self timer when the camera is wound.

The top deck of the Leningrad has two steps and the flash receptacle on the front under the wind knob. There is a combined rangefinder/viewfinder with frame lines for 35mm,50mm,85mm and 135mm lenses. The range finder cam pivots on the wind side and is rounded. Diopter adjustment of the viewfinder is accomplished by rotating the frame on the rear of the camera. The frames are not parallax corrected. There is a films reminder on the rewind knob. The shutter has speeds of B,1000,500,250,100,50,10,5,2,1 and 25 (B,1000,500,250,100,50,15,8,4,2,1 and 25 in the somemodels). There is an interesting lever set on the angle to the rear of the shutter release and shutter speed indicator. It has two positions marked B and M. It is used in conjunction with the shutter release and is normally set to M. When the time exposure setting of B is set it can be used in two different fashions. If the lever is set to M and the speed set to B when you press the shutter release the shutter will open. It can then only be closed by moving the lever to B. If on the other hand the lever is set to B and the speed set to B when you press the shutter release the shutter will remain open only as long as you depress the shutter release. The shutter is a horizontally traveling cloth focal plane shutter. The motor is wound with a large knob on the upper deck. Under this knob is a flash synchronization adjust lever with times of 0,5,10,15 and 20. The small crescent window on the top deck serves as the film counter. There is a small button on the back below the wind knob that is used to reset the film counter.

The removable back is held on by a rotating latch on one side and a large knob on the other. In the center of the knob is a screw that serves as the film release for rewind. If the back is removed it can be seen that this screw is in the center of the large drum that serves instead of a spool for film winding. This camera has no sprocket in the film advance path and the pressure plate is made of black glass.

There are several minor variations of this camera. Supposedly there are some cameras marked "Grand Prix BRussels 1958" and some with a LOMO trademark but I have never seen either I know that there were some black models made supposedly for the police.There is a black and a plain aluminum film reminder. There is one model that has two screws on the front on the rewind side a short self timer lever and a Jupiter-8 with click stops and a GOMZ logo and a "58"serial number. The Wind knob can be found with a flat top or with rings cut in the top and early cameras do not have the year type serial number. English engraving is quite uncommon. These cameras are very rare in like new condition since they are very usable and most were used.

This camera has a brown everready leather case with chrome trim around the top and bottom. There is a chrome ring around the lens cover and the LOMO symbol is embossed in the center. Leningrad in Cyrillic script is embossed into the top regardless of the engraving on the camera being Cyrillic or English.


Rewinding the film on the Leningrad is a little complicated. Turn the little screw in the center of the large knob (on the bottom) counterclockwise until it is loose(just put your thumb on it and it will turn). Then pull up on the rewind knob (on the top) until it locks and rewind the film. Remember to turn the screw on the bottom and push the rewind down before using the camera.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 35mm
Image Size: 24x36
Dimensions:
height: 9.5cm
width: 15.2cm
depth: 7.0cm
weight: 741gm
Normal lens: Jupiter-8
Lens Mount: m39rf
Typical serial no: 610425

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© Nathan Dayton 2000