The Moskva-5 by KMZ


This is a camera review of the Moskva-5 by KMZ. This is a beautiful folding camera that looks and feels as vintage as vintage can get!

image from rafcamera

I had been looking for a camera that could take 120 film and also take 6×6 and 6×9 images after a few bad buy’s I picked up a Moskva-5 on eBay for £20.00 and feared the worst as it took ages to arrive. It arrived after about 5 weeks and when I opened the box it looked fantastic! in its chunky leather case, But would it take good pictures? I have taken just one film upto now which I hand processed and I have to admit i’m pretty chuffed with the results!

The lens is an In­dus­tar-24 10.​5cm f/3.5 and produces a really nice image and the range finder on the one I have works well. If you manage to get hold of one make sure it has the frame mask for the dual format 6×6 or 6×9 frame, but if it is missing you could always make one. When the camera is folded it quite a nice size but it is quite heavy. It is also quite a looker and I had a few people stand and watch while I took the pictures and they seemed amazed that it is just over 50 years old and still taking pictures.

The film I used was for the test roll was an Ilford FP4 Plus and the results are quite good. The Moskva-5 is a fairly basic rangefinder but has some nice features and is worth checking out. The view finder also has a switch for the different frame sizes as well which is nice.

If you are looking for a dual format camera that’s built like a tank and can turn heads as well as take good pictures then take a look at the Moskva-5 and take the plunge!

written by copefan on 2009-11-13 #gear #review #moskva-5 #kmz #ilford-fp4-plus


  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    Great camera indeed! Big canon :) i own one to still waiting for testing :D

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great review, beautiful vintage cam! :)

  3. copefan
    copefan ·

    the more I use it the more I like this camera........... It does what it does very well...........

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    I love this camera ! The Newton viewfinder deserves to be mentioned though... The two little circular windows in the front are giving a double image in the viewfinder. When you turn the focusing knob, these two images are moving. When they are perfectly superposed you're in focus ! It's absolutely ingenious ! Great review of a wonderful camera !

  5. nural
    nural ·

    Such noltaljic shots, they look beautiful....

  6. joel-dylan
    joel-dylan ·

    fantastic........... just waiting one to arrive in the post!

  7. x9zero
    x9zero ·

    mmmmmmmm.... interesting i want a dual format camera anyone know of any others?

  8. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Great camera and review!

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