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The Moskva-5 is a 120 film folding rangefinder camera, 6x9 and 6x6 format, built from 1956 to 1960 by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod, KMZ , (Mechanical Factory of Krasnogorsk), Moscow. It was the last of the series, followed by a complete new construction, the Iskra. It was made for professional photographers.

The earlier Moskvas were copies the Zeiss Super Ikonta C. The new top plate of the Moskva-5 resembles the Bessa II. The camera shown is from 1957. It has the features of a top class camera in those days: coupled rangefinder, a good lens (Tessar type, 4 elements in 3 groups) and a double exposure prevention.

Size (mm): 165 x 95 x 50
Weight: 867 g
Lens: Industar-24 3.5/105, closest focus 1.5 m
Shutter: Moment 24c, B. 1 - 1/250, F 3.5 - 32
Finder: coupled rangefinder and separate viewfinder
Film advance: red window

Here are some photos of the camera. There is a short introduction to the use of it and how it feels at the bottom of the page.

Camera front closed. Top: 
viewfinder window, 2 rangefinder windows, shutter button and film advance. Tripod socket for vertical views, foldable camera stand.

Seen from the back. Rangefinder and viewfinder. 2 red windows for 6x6 and 6x9 format.

Camera and rangefinder lens unfolded. The smaller dented wheel is coupled to the front lens movement for focus setting.

Camera front open. Little lever: shutter cocking. Outer ring: speed setting. Next ring:
depth-of-the-field scale. Inner ring: focus setting. Under the lens: aperture setting.

Seen from above, camera open. On the top: film advance with film reminder, shutter button, opening button and viewfinder format selection.

Seen from the bottom, camera open. 
The knobs on the bottom retract the pegs. Tripod socket. On the lens: flash socket.

Left side, camera open. Top of the lens: self timer. You have to cock the shutter, engage the self timer and then cock further.

Camera back open. It's not hinged. Format selector, blocks the other red window.

Film chamber. There is a separate mask to be inserted for 6x6 format.

Handling an Moskva-5 is easy, it's mostly like other folding rangefinders. Loading film is quite as usual, very easy because the pegs retract by pulling the knobs on the bottom and turning them counter-clockwise. Open the camera back, retract the peg and put the take-up spool into place. Turn the knob clockwise and the peg engages into the spool. Same procedure for the film spool. Insert the film paper backing into the take-up spool and advance it using the advance knob until it's well engaged. Close the camera, open the red window and move the film to "1". To change the format to 6x6, you have to insert the mask to the film plane, set the format on the back (blocks the other red window) and set the viewfinder window.

Open the camera.
Cock the shutter, set speed and aperture. Be cautious: You must change the shutter speed for 1/250 before you cock the shutter. It's a good habit to do so for the other speeds, it's less stress for the shutter system. And please don't stock the camera with the shutter cocked. Set focus, focussing moves the lens out. Press the shutter release button. That's it. The double exposure prevention will block the release until you turn the film advance. To close the camera, set focus to infinity, press the hinges of the struts as usual, it will fold easily. Do not forget to fold the rangefinder lens first.Turn the film advance via the red window to the next number.

The Moskva-5 is a very nice and very sturdy camera, it's on the heavier end of the range. For a 6x9 rangefinder camera it's quite small. Most of the models on the market have been heavily used. As they are not expensive, choose with care.

Moskva-5867165 x 95 x 50CRW, DEPIndustar-24 3.5/105 | 1.5Moment 24C B 1 - 1/250 | 322 format, 6x9 6x6