"Reporter", 1960-1961, "Arsenal"
"Репортер", 1960-1961, "Арсенал"
Professional camera of superlative design 6X9 “Klapp”
format. Industar –7 3.5/105mm bayonet mount. Focalplane
shutter with speeds 1/5 to 1/1000s. Stamped metal
body. Focusing through contra-rotating prisms with 0.9 X enlarging, or
through matte glass.
rangefinder base, single sheet metal plate holder. As complement existed
a 120 type roll film magazine and various objectives. Dimensions: 160X132X74 mm . Weight 1460g.
The camera was advertised in fall of 1937 but its production took place only in
1939 producing some 1000 units.
Sovietskoe Foto 1960 matter.
class 6X9 camera aiming to soviet photoreporters.
We do not know
when it will be produced.
has changeable lenses with coupled focus, and are
mounted over the shutter.
All lenses arerangefinder coupled.
magazine enables you to use B&W or colour films.
"Reporter", 1960-1961, "Arsenal"
6X9 camera with changeable lenses and film magazine intended for quick
change film. Rangefinder focusing, Central shutter 1 to
1/250s +”B”. Double extension bellows for macrophoto
use. It was poduced
in small series of only 10 units. The camera was delivered wit three lenses.
The designer was Vladilen Lunchenko.
Its development hás begun at Krasnogorsk factory in Moscow, but
was soon sent to Arsenal factory of Kiev for
further production adjusting and mass production.
The two models have little differences, the rangefinder style, and the
film advance system, through a bottom lever in the first model, and push-pull
system on the second one. Other differences are knobs shape, etc.
Both share the same basic structure.
An interesting modular conception close to Hasselblad
design, although in 6X9 format and rangefinder version.
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Mr. Ionissani and Mme. Rimmer.
Andronik Konstantinovich Ionnissanii
(1904- 1942), from Arminian origin, The older of the brothers, participates the Factory 340 -
He began working
on Reporter camera in June 1936 and finished his work at 1st May 1937. The
work was done in conjunction with Rybnikov and
Postnikov with assistance of Mme. Rimmer.
“German- Soviet Collaboration” just before the war, Mr. Ionossanii
learned much about Leitz instruments and Leica camera, once he worked there for one year
(1936/1937). When returned, he had all original plans by heart and traced the
plans for the Voomp Pioneer made at GOMZ factory, and
solved various problems for FED. He was an extremely dinamic
person. He was also responsible for the construction of the first 6m telescope ,the largest in the world in that time. During the war he worked on development of a bomb sight equipment. Recieved
the Red Flag Honour Medal as a wide rending builder
of civil, military, and laboratory equipment with distinguish for his great
qualities. Unhappyly during the Leningrad siege, he
died of Hungry at the factory’s dispensary. His brother is still alive and
worked in vartious Photographic. Photogrametric
and sight instruments
for the Space Research
Construction basis of the Ionnissanii’s
Roll-film Professional camera
Shutter based on: Contessa Nettel
Body a mixed
solution of: Plaubel Makina
but with external focusing helicoid.
Lens: is a Tessar type Industar-7 f3.5/105mm
viewfinder: after Super-Ikonta 6x9
Construction basis of
the New Report
This camera was planned to the exhibition of
to be shown together Astra, Kometa,
Start, Leningrad and
several others. Unfortunatedly it was nor ready for
this exhibition, but it was first shown in the Mashpriborintorg
stand at Sao Cristovam Exhibition Stand in Brazil in 1960, The camera
was shown in a leather compartment case, with the
Russar MR-7 6.3/60
High attention was given from every
I stayed there, and can tell you the
Push pull film advance through the
by right hand knob giving complete bed movement.
via a buttom release through the thumb finger of the
left hand. The magazine accepts 120 film and is a close design
from Hasselblad cameras unless for the 6X9 format.
Automatic breking mechanism when film is absent or
finished- very similar to the Simmons Brothers Omega Press. Light weight body
and Rangefinder with auto parallax compensation with three brilliant frames
The shutter a Moment 24 is a close
copy of Synchonized Compurs.
This camera has a huge Zeiss feelings and one can see on it the development of the
Super-Ikonta 6X9 with a giant Linhof
23 influence. On hands, it is really a Linhof but
much lighter and smaller. Another curiosity was that at that time I used a 35mm
Prominent from Voigtlander and objective changing and
bayonet style of both were quite similar .
These are my impressions from the
era. I have seen no more data upon this camera.