Leica Copies?

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  1. McQueen278

    McQueen278 TPF Noob!

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    Anyone have one? I understand most of them are Zorki cameras that have been refurbished. My question, does anyone have one and how do you like it? I know they are a bit stiff and louder than a real Leica, but I could care less. If I had a real Leica II, I'd feel bad using it and I'd feel uncomfortable walking around with it for feel of it being stolen. Also, do they have cloth shutters like a Leica or metal like a Kiev/Contax? I can't seem to find this info very easily. This is the camera I am looking at getting.

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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That definately looks like a zorki 1, the Leica II RF housing is different. Oddly enough it looks like the Shutter release was modified on that one as All the Zorki1's I've seen have a cable release port, this one does not. Unfortunately with zorki inconsistant quality controll (or lack thereof) there is no way of knowing it's abilities untill one handled it has shot it on an individual camera to camera basis.
     
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    The Soviet Leica fakes have cloth curtains. The camera pictured in your post is definitely a Soviet copy. They are built like a tank and handle like one too. And they are collectible.
     
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    I have a Canon Leica copy. It is the rare S-II(made in occupied Japan), so it is almost as valuable as a Leica...lol

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