Russian Lens Galaxy: From Sonnar to Jupiter

14th May 2018
Russian Lens Galaxy: From Sonnar to Jupiter
by William Fagan
Russian cameras and lenses have often had a bad reputation in the past, particularly during the Soviet days. Some of this may have been due to the Leica counterfeits which became a ‘cottage industry’ in Russia at one time, particularly involving ones which carried nasty ‘military’ stampings or engravings, allegedly of German origin. All of the items coming from Russian during the Soviet era (called FSU cameras by aficionados) are not bad, and some items are, indeed, quite outstanding.

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