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Kiev Manual

FK


The FK 13X18 and FK18X24 are wooden field cameras. They were manufactured from about 1930 to about 1987 by several different factories or by one factory with several name changes. There was no shutter you removed the lens cap and replaced it to control the exposure It was an anachronism made to take glass plates long after the rest of the world had quit using glass plates. These cameras were made specifically for portrait photography studios in the USSR. They were made of fruitwood with chromed brass fittings. The Set consisted of the camera and lens with 2 double film holders, the dark cloth and its case made of leatherette covered cardboard. A wooden tripod and its leatherette covered cardboard case was also included



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 13cmX18cm or 18cmX24cm glass plates
Image Size: 13cmX18cm or 18cmX24cm
Dimensions:
height:16.1cm
width: 11.2cm
depth:
weight:
Normal lens: Industar -37 f4.5/300mm
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: none
Typical serial no:

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FK Lenses


These lenses are for either FK 13X18 or FK18X24.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 13cmX18cm or 18cmX24cm glass plates
Image Size: 13cmX18cm or 18cmX24cm
Dimensions:
height:16.1cm
width: 11.2cm
depth:
weight:
Normal lens: Industar -37 f4.5/300mm
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size: none
Typical serial no:

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Fotokor


This is a typical folding sheet film camera from the 1930s. With a folding front that becomes a focusing track. It has interchangeable sheet metal film holders and a folding rear hood with ground glass for focusing. It has a waist level viewfinder and a folding sports finder on the side. Other than the GOMZ symbol on the rear and Cyrillic marking there is nothing to distinguish this camera from the other folding sheet film cameras made all over the world during this period. These cameras are normally found in poor condition and were made from 1930 to 1940. During the first year of production some cameras had German lenses and shutters. The case for this camera is a rectangular black leatherette case with room for the camera and film holders.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 90mmX120mm sheet film
Image Size: 90mmX120mm
Dimensions:
height:16.1cm
width: 11.2cm
depth: 22.2cm
weight: 1054gm
Normal lens: ORTAGOZ 135mm f4.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size:
Typical serial no: 748498

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Tourist


This is a very interesting folding camera. Perhaps the design of this camera can best described as a folding box camera. The bellows(for want of a better word) is not used for focusing it is used merely as the top and sides of the box. The camera is black with chrome trim and is made of bakelite with chrome trim and a leather bellows. This camera was produced from 1936 to 1940. The front of the camera is a bakelite panel with Tourist under the shutter. In the upper right corner is the front half of the optical viewfinder and on the left side is the wire frame for the sports finder. The shutter is of the self cocking type, no separate cocking lever required and there is a cable release receptacle. This cable release attachment required relieving of the bakelite to provide access. The shutter speeds available are 25, 50, 100, K(manual timing) and D(open for focusing). The lens rotates for focus and is marked with distance. Apertures of 3.5, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22 and 32. The top has two chromed folding frames that form a viewfinder, one on the front and one to the rear. There is a small chromed button in the left rear corner that is the film holder release. The left side of the camera has a wire type sports finder with a chromed metal frame in the rear. The right side and the bottom of the camera each have a three eights inch tripod bushing in the rear frame. The rear of this camera is either a film holder or a bakelite and leather focusing hood with groundglass. There is the typical sliding latch on the left and in the center of the door is the GOMZ symbol.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: 60mmx90mm sheet film
Image Size: 60mmx90mm
Dimensions:
height:10.0cm
width: 13.3cm
depth: 13.2cm
weight: 563gm
Normal lens: Industar-7 10.5cm f3.5
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size:
Typical serial no: 144649

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Moment


This is a folding "POLAROID" camera. It is clearly a close copy of the original Polaroid model 95. It is a folding camera with bellows focusing. It is finished in brown leather and chrome with a waist level viewfinder and a viewing frame. It obviously would have used used Soviet film had they been able to make any. However, it had to use Polaroid Type 42 or 47 black and white or Type 48 color. This caused a major problem because it required hard currency which was always in short supply in the Soviet Union. Therefore it was not successful.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: Polaroid type 4X
Image Size: 80x105
Dimensions:
height: 23cm
width: 1.2cm
depth: 23.4cm
weight: 1755gm
Normal lens: T-26 13.5cm f6.8
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size:
Typical serial no: 530468

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Foton


This is perhaps the most interesting instant camera ever made. It uses the same film as the Moment. This is a giant range finder camera. It has a non removable collapsible Industar-77 lens assembly with a leaf shutter and speeds of 125,30 and B. The shutter is cocked by rotating the front portion of the lens. The Shutter release is a large black button on the side of the camera. There is a cable release socket on the camera body above the shutter release. The apertures are set by moving a square sliding button to the left of the viewfinder. The camera has both a hot shoe and a flash jack. This camera was not provided with a case. It was unsuccessful for the same reasons as the Moment.



Technical Specifications

Film Size: Polaroid type 4X
Image Size: 80x105
Dimensions:
height: 13.7cm
width: 18.2cm
depth: 16.0cm
weight: 1429gm
Normal lens: Industar-77 120mm f5.6
Lens Mount: fixed
Filter size:
Typical serial no: 0558

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