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Kiev Manual

Moscow


This is a folding 6x9 roll film camera with a frame finder and "guess the distance focusing. It is typical of folding roll film cameras made world wide prior to World War 2. It is interesting that the Soviet industry should take up post-war a design that the rest of the world had virtually abandoned. Maybe they thought that there was a market niche that they could exploit and get much needed hard currency. This camera was produced from 1946 to 1949. The back is hinged on the left side. These cameras did not come with cases and are typically found in poor condition.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6X9cm
Dimensions:
height: 9.8cm
width: 15.9cm
depth: 13.0cm
weight: 700g
Normal lens: Industar-23 11cm f4.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: 27mm
Typical serial no: 4712233

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Moscow 2


A range finder with a pop up viewfinder on the shutter assembly was added in this model. This camera was produced from 1947 to 1956. The case for this camera is made of brown plastic or leather.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6X9 cm
Dimensions:
height: 9.8cm
width: 15.9cm
depth: 13.0cm
Weight: 855gm
Normal lens: Industar-23 11cm f4
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: M33X.5
Typical serial no: 5517732

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Moscow 3


There were very few of these cameras produced. It has a special cassette for multiple sheets of sheet film. This camera was produced for 2 years 1950 to 1951. The case for this camera is made of black leather.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: sheet
Image Size: 6.5X9 cm
Dimensions:
height: 13.5cm
width: 9cm
depth: 14cm
Weight: 700g
Normal lens: Industar-23 f4.5 11cm
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: 27mm
Typical serial no: 31243

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Moscow 4(a)


The Moscow-4 is a Moscow-2 with a flash receptacle added. There was also a little drop in masking frame provided to convert the camera to 6x6 cm. This camera was produced from 1955 to 1958. The case for this camera is made of brown plastic or leather.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6x6 or 6x9 cm
Dimensions:
height: 9.8cm
width: 15.9cm
depth: 13.0cm
Weight: 852gm
Normal lens: Industar-23 11cm f4
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: M33X.5
Typical serial no: 5638350

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Moscow 4(b)


A new combined rangefinder and viewfinder assembly are the most obvious change in this camera. There is a rotary switch that changes the viewfinder from 6x6 to 6x9. The removable back has a switch that allows only the appropriate window to open. There is also a new shutter with no obvious changes and a new lens. The actual years of production are unknown but started at least in 1957. The case for this camera is made of brown plastic and leather marked Moscow 4.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6x6 or 6x9 cm
Dimensions:
height: 9.6cm
width: 15.7cm
depth: 13.2cm
Weight: 872gm
Normal lens: Industar-23 11cm f4.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: M33X.5
Typical serial no: 5762006

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Moscow 5
The only apparent changes in this camera are the engraving, the lens and the shutter. This camera was produced from 1956 to 1960. The case for this camera is made of brown plastic or leather marked Moscow 5. Interestingly enough some of these cameras have lenses that are not threaded for filters.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6x6 or 6x9 cm
Dimensions:
height: 9.6cm
width: 15.7cm
depth: 13.2cm
Weight: 872gm
Normal lens: Industar-24 10.5cm f3.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: M33X.5
Typical serial no: 5941057

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ISCRA
This is a modern design for a medium format folding roll film camera. It has a combined viewfinder and coupled range finder. The shutter speeds and apertures lock together and the lens is marked with "Exposure Values"(EV).This camera was produced from 1960 to 1962. This camera has a brown everready leather case with chrome trim around the top and bottom and ISCRA on the lens cover.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6X6 cm
Dimensions:
height: 10.7cm
width: 15.4cm
depth: 10.0cm
Weight: 875gm
Normal lens: Industar-58 7.5cm f3.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: unk
Typical serial no:6101761

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ISCRA 2
The only changes in this camera are those required to add the Selenium meter. Controls for the meter are integrated into the knob that was the film reminder in the original ISKRA. Next to it on the top deck is a curved meter window. The rangefinder windows are combined with the CDS cell in a black frame on the top front deck. This camera was produced from 1961 to 1964. This camera has a brown everready leather case with chrome trim around the top and bottom and ISCRA-2 on the lens cover.

Technical Specifications

Film Size: 120
Image Size: 6X6 cm
Dimensions:
height: 10.7cm
width: 15.4cm
depth: 10.0cm
Weight: 875gm
Normal lens: Industar-58 7.5cm f3.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: unk
Typical serial no: 6302310

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