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GOI Leningrad                                                                                                                                              The famous first version prototype of the Leningrad camera. The

                                                                                                                                                                        GOI-Leningrad was widely unknown for many years and remained
                                                                                                                                                                        mysterious until 1990 when a drawing of the second appeared in
             prototype outfit                                                                                                                                           Pont /Princelle’s ‘300 Leica copies’ and in 2004 photos of the first
                                                                                                                                                                        version prototype no. 1686 (offered here) and the second version
                                                                                                                                                                        no. 2088 has been shown in the second edition of Princelle’s
                                                                                                                                                                        ‘The Authentic Guide to Russian and Soviet Cameras’.

                                                                                                                                                                        The GOI-Leningrad offered here is an advanced, precisely made
                                                                                                                                                                        35 mm rangefinder camera, with a special lens mount, different to the
                                                                                                                                                                        later version 2 prototype. Another unique feature is a small focusing
                                                                                                                                                                        wheel placed left below the lens, equipped with a spring-loaded
                                                                                                                                                                        infinity lock. Unlike the serial production Leningrad, this camera does
                                                                                                                                                                        not use a spring drive—it has got a folding, single-action winding
                                                                                                                                                                        lever on the back of the top plate.

                                                                                                                                                                        Included in this lot is a set of seven prototype lenses, showing various
                                                                                                                                                                        stages of development and possible focal lengths for the system:

                                                                                                                                                                        1. No. 4099 — Industar 2.5/5 cm
                                                                                                                                                                        2. No. 4192 — Industar-22 3.5/5 cm
                                                                                                                                                                        3. No. 4211 — Uran-14 2.5/3.5 cm
                                                                                                                                                                        4. No. 4252 — Industar-28 3.5/5 cm
                                                                                                                                                                        5. No. 4258 — Jupiter 1.5/5 cm
                                                                                                                                                                        6. No. 4296 — Industar-24 2.8/5 cm
                                                                                                                                                                        7. No. 4299 — Industar-26 2.8/5 cm

                                                                                                                                                                        All lenses were made by GOI Leningrad and are engraved accordingly.
                                                                                                                                                                        All are showing amazing technical precision and attention to detail,
                                                                                                                                                                        unseen in the later serial production lenses. This is the first time this
                                                                                                                                                                        special camera is being offered in a public auction. It is for sure the
                                                                                                                                                                        most impressive prototype outfit and a milestone from the history of
                                                                                                                                                                        the Soviet photographic industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Start price € 100.000*
                                                                                                                                                                                                           est. € 200.000 – 250.000
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Serial no. 1686
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Year of production: c.1948
                                                                                                                                                                                                           condition A/B
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