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
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.