Photo: Paulo Moreira

Considering getting your hands on a Soviet film camera? Good for you! There’s quite a few quality options out there and many can be had for a reasonable price.

But before you go and pull the trigger on a Zorki-3C rangefinder like the one above, we suggest reading the guide below from our pals at KosmoFoto. It covers everything from where to buy, what to look for, the most-popular models, repair advice, Leica ‘look-alikes’, and much much more.

Even if you’re not necessarily interested in buying a Soviet camera, the sheer amount of camera history and fascinating facts make it worthy of your eyeballs.

KosmoFoto: Read this before you buy a Soviet camera

About Film Fridays: We recently launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at KosmoFoto and 35mmc.