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Искра = Iskra, means Spark

Manufactured by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod (KMZ) , Mechanical Factory of Krasnogorsk, Moscow, USSR

Model: 1962, First version, type 2a , (produced between 1961-63)

*Distinctive feature of this type: an adjustment bolt on the top plate

all Iskra first series produced between 1960-63, quantity made 38722.

as to Alexandr Komarov

Folder Rangefinder film camera, film 120 roll, picture size 6x6

Lens: Industar-58 (ИНДУСТАР), 75mm f/3.5, Tessar design 3 elements, serial no.6204701

Aperture: f/3.5-f/22, possible to set separately: pull out the aperture ring, then turn to desired aperture, on the lens-shutter barrel

*Aperture and speeds are coupled and turning the coupling ring on the front of the lens, turns the aperture and speed rings together, according to Exposure Values

Focusing: Yellow rengefinder images must be matched in the viewfinder for exact focus, via focusing ring w/ grooved silver handle, behind the lens-shutter barrel,

Focus range: 1-10m +inf , DOF deal on the lens

Shutter: FXCh-18 central leaf shutter, speed: 1-1/500 +B, very quiet,

possible to set separately: pull out the aperture ring, then turn the shutter ring on the lens-shutter barrel

Cocking lever: on the lens-shutter barrel

Shutter release: on the right of the top plate, beside winding knob, not works before winding

Viewfinder: Coupled rangefinder/viewfinder

Winding: a knob, on the right of the top plate, do not work without film,

Double exposure prevention: film advance system blocks the spool reel when reaching the next frame, warning us that when we feel that resistance

Frame counter: auto resets, advance type, a window beside the shutter release,

not work without film

Bellows opening button: on the top plate

Self-timer: setting via a lever points A on the lens-shutter barrel, same lever for flash synch.

Flash synch: at all speeds, setting: via a lever points a flash sign on the lens-shutter barrel

Flash PC socket: on the lens-shutter barrel


Memory dial: left of the top plate, shows cyrillic film type marks and GOST numbers

Back cover: remowable, opens by a handle on the left side of the camera

Body: aluminum; Weight: 912g

Tripod socket: 3/8'', old type

Strap lugs

Serial no.62 04079 (engraved on the back of the top plate with KMZ logo, first two digits show the production year)

+leather ever-ready case and strap

*Caution: You must change the shutter speed before you cock the shutter. This is the opposite of almost every other Russian camera.

Iskra has four variants/types with some changes on the body.

The name Iskra was the name of the secret Marxist newspaper founded by Lenin in 1900. It was a political newspaper of Russian socialist emigrants established as the official organ of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.

Iskra inspired by the Agfa Super Isolette of 1954.

The shutter is a copy of Synchro Compur RMX/RMXV of the Solinar 75mm f/3.5 lens of the Agfa Super Isolette.

Iskra is the highest quality level camera, above all from an optical standpoint, ever made in USSR.

The second version of the series is Iskra-2 , and produced between 1961-64. The only change in this model is a Selenium meter added. Controls for the meter are integrated into the knob that was the film reminder in the original Iskra. There are three variants/types.

more info: Alexandr Komarov, Sovietcams, Wikipedia Iskra


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Taken on August 28, 2010