Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/11

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Subject: [Leica] RUSSIAN KGB leica?"
From: raimo.m.korhonen at (Raimo K)
Date: Tue Apr 11 23:01:49 2006
References: <> <010201c65dc5$2cd513a0$73b56c18@ted>

What model is it supposed to be? Almost all FEDs were copies of Leica
II. Was it expensive?
Take the lens off and see if the rangefinder actuating lever has a
roller, like all Leicas have.
NKGB s unknown to me - NKVD was the forerunner of KGB, like MVD. UKGB is
possible, meaning Ukrainian KGB, but as FEDs were made in Kharkov,
Ukraine it would quite likely be a fake - but a real one - a factory
made fake. FEDs were made in an instution for juvenile delinquents
called Trudkommuna imeni Felix Edmundovich Dzhershinsky.
Can we see some pictures of it?
All the best!
Raimo K
personal photography homepage at:

Quoting Ted Grant <>:

> Howdy Crew,
> Hopefully someone out there in LUGLAND has some idea whether this is
> for real or a phoney Russian KGB Leica knock off camera?
> Sunday at the Vancouver camera swap meet Peter Kline pointed out the
> "Russian Leica" I had to sell was engraved with NKGB and some other
> Russian 
> script. Tom Abrahamsson suggested I should put it out of site until
> it could 
> be verified in some manner whether it was for real or not.
> So over to you crew, does anyone have any solid information about
> whether 
> this might be or suggestions on how to verify it? And yes the camera
> works 
> as best as we could tell.
> I've had it after an assignment in Russia on the Chernobyl Children.
> But 
> never used it nor did I do anything with it as I thought it was an
> old Leica 
> look a like and maybe some day I might use it, never happened.
> Thanks folks,
> ted


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