Kiev 5 (1972)

This review is part of the Cameras of the Dead series which I have been publishing every year on Halloween and “Halfway to” Halloween, featuring three cameras that I’ve wanted to review that either didn’t work, or was otherwise unable to shoot. I am republishing each of those individual reviews …

KMZ Iskra (1960)

This is a KMZ Iskra, a folding medium format camera that shoots 6cm x 6cm images on 120 format roll film.  The Iskra is a copy of the AGFA Super Isolette first introduced in 1954, and was made by KMZ (Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod), just outside of Moscow starting in 1960.  …

FED 2 (1955)

This is a FED 2, a 35mm rangefinder camera made at the F. E. Dzerzhinsky Labour Commune in Kharkov, Ukraine during the reign of the Soviet Union between the years 1955 and 1970.  The FED 2 was an upgrade to the original FED camera which itself was a copy of …

KMZ Narciss (1961)

This is a KMZ Narciss (Нарцисс), a 16mm sub-miniature SLR camera produced by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod in Krasnogorsk, Russia between the years of 1961 and 1965.  The Narciss produces 14mm x 21mm exposures on unperforated 16mm film loaded into specialized cassettes made specifically for the Narciss.  Despite it’s diminutive size, …

Cameras of the Dead 6: Halfway to Halloween 2019

Today is April 30th, which means it is exactly halfway to Halloween 2019, so in the spirit of a day that’s not really Halloween, I provide you a screen cap from a Halloween movie, that’s not really a Halloween movie. That’s right, 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch is …