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Kiev ArsenalJohn Player (Kiev 303)

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c1960s. Kiev-Vega camera hidden in a copy of a John Player cigarettes pack. Per McKeown's, originally thought these were KGB cameras, but later it became known that most these cameras were made by a gray market in Poland.

Kiev Arsenal: John Player (Kiev 303) camera

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by napchop » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:52 am

The metal variant was made in Kiev at Arsenal. The plastic bodied copies were made in Poland :D I bought my original metal variant from the Arsenal factory with its passport.

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by diser » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:19 am

Thanks, Mike! This is a very interesting observation! I haven't heard about plastic copies.

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CR  Christies Auction
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