|FED 2 with the Jupiter 8 lens|
Production of FED rangefinder cameras ended in the mid 1990s, Fed's site claims that it was in fact 1997: "Start of serial production of vertical drive for control system of tanks. Production of all types of cameras has stopped. 8,647,000 cameras were manufactured since the beginning."
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|Photo by Annette Pehrsson|
|Kiev 60 TTL (via Wikipedia)|
The low price of the Kiev medium format cameras has attracted many amateur photographers wishing to enter the medium format camera market on a budget. Some have reported that the prices of a Kiev camera setup with other Russian or Ukrainian components (e.g. lenses) can be 1/10 to 1/15 the price of a similar Hasselblad setup. One of the reasons for the lasting demand for these cameras is the price of the lenses that can be used on them. Despite the cheap price, the Kiev lenses are high quality optic wise, with many of the lenses being based on Zeiss designs.
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|Photo by Fatih Alkan|
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|The original Lomo LC-A|
Since the introduction of the original Lomo LC-A, Lomography has produced and marketed an entire line of their own analog cameras. Most Lomographic cameras claim to produce photographic effects such as oversaturated colors (which can never be achieved with lo-fi lenses), extreme optical distortions, rainbow-colored subjects, off-kilter exposure, blurring and alternative film processing (obviously available with any film camera), all things usually considered bad in photography.
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|Photo by Angela Marlaud|
|Photo by Liana Garcia Joyce|
|Zenit-E Camera with Industar 50mm lens|
During 1967 through 1969 KMZ built an automatic die-cast moulding line, allowing mass camera production. Camera production switched to the M42×1 thread (also known as Praktica thread) and an instant-return mirror was also developed. This led to one of the most famous Zenits — Zenit-E which saw (including its subtypes) over 12 million produced.
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|Photo by Oliver Liria|
|Photo by Aleksey Orlov|
|Zorki 2-s with Industar-50 lens|
When using most Zorki cameras, the shutter speed should only be set after the shutter has been cocked. Setting the shutter speed before the shutter is cocked can permanently damage the camera. This especially affects all Zorki cameras with slow shutter speeds under 1/30 of a second, in particular the Zorki-3 and Zorki-4.
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|Photo by Brad Brok|
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All information from Wikipedia.