At first, I had no desire to collect 35mm cameras, but
these Leica-copy ex-Soviet Union cameras caught my eye, and I was hooked.
First there was one, then another, and so-on. A unique model, then a wide
angle and a telephoto lense. The history of how they were designed and their
quirks...all of it was sort of invigorating. There was a need to learn to
tinker on them to keep them running smoothly, which begat a sort of loyalty
that is only known by people who keep machines operating that might otherwise
be thrown into the junk heap. It is an affliction that is felt when collecting
and using all vintage cameras, but these Russian ones have a peculiar
character that some describe as addictive. Besides that, when you've adjusted
the rangefinder, relubed the lense, and all is working smoothly, they can be
used to make fine images.