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 buys. I picked up a Moskva-5 on eBay for £20.00
I 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 up to 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 to 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 viewfinder 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!