KMZ Start (1959)

What is it? This is a KMZ Start Single Lens Reflex camera made by Krasnogorsk Mechanical Works (KMZ for short) in the former Soviet Union.  This was the first Soviet made SLR aimed at professionals.  Although it doesn’t look like it, the Start borrowed many design elements from the German made …

Zorki 4 v2 (1961)

What is it? This is a Zorki 4 rangefinder made by Krasnogorsk Mechanical Factory (KMZ) in Moscow, Russia.  The first Zorkis were built by KMZ in 1947 after the FED factory in Ukraine was damaged in WWII.  These first Zorkis were near identical copies of the original FED rangefinder which itself was a …

Kiev 4 Type 3 (1970)

What is it? This is a Kiev 4 (Type 3) rangefinder camera made by Kiev Arsenal in Kiev, Ukraine, which at the time was part of the Soviet Union. Today, there is a whole sub-genre of cameras made in the Former Soviet Union which are popular with collectors.  The common …

FED 2 Type C (1958)

What is it? This is a FED 2 35mm rangefinder camera made by the F. E. Dzerzhinsky Labour Commune in Kharkov, Ukraine during the reign of the Soviet Union.  The FED line of cameras started off as direct copies of German Leica cameras.  The FED 2 was very similar to the original Leica design but …