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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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