Sociedad Ibero-Americana de la Historia
de la Fotografia Museo Fotográfico y Archivo Historico "Adolfo Alexander"
Fórum Yahoo [maquinas russas]
Russian technicians who now have too little work to do in factories, spend their times recreating cameras which never existed.
This is one of the examples. - A Leica II style with crackle paint having the back cover à la M3 style. And is born a collector’s camera.
That says Stephen Gandy from Cameraquest:
Vladimir, my Russian Leica spy, has provided top secret pictures of this new improved “Leica” for 2001-2007?). Not content with merely imitating old cameras made decades ago, those wily Ruskies are making new Leicas like the world has never seen before. New improved 20th Century features include:
· Much Easier Back Door film loading
· Nifty Black Crinkle paint, none of that cheap chrome stuff
· Nice Red and Orange markings those boring Wetzlar guys never put on production cameras
· Even parts of the lens are Orange, surely a major improvement over that boring Wetzlar stuff
· Realizing that Leica's are never used, but always just sit in a safe waiting to be bragged about, the slow speeds were dispensed with, making this beauty based on the Leica II instead of the IIIa.
· To those not in on the joke, this camera is a heavily modified Russian Fed –Zorki? -- a not so well made Leica II copy. The innovative artist who did the makeover succeeding into turning a very ordinary camera into a very interesting one. Apparently these are produced by hand, one at a time, by a single Russian artisan, presumably in his immaculent work shop atop the kitchen table. Whoever the guy is, I am a big fan.