recently I got interested in the russian made FKD cameras. Especially the 18x24 model. While I was able to track down it's technical specifications, I am not so sure about it's quality and usability. Yes, I know, it takes plate holders, the standard lens is shutterless, etc. … But I would be really interested in how it is to actually use one of these cameras in the field and if it feels solid. Somewhere I read, that it's made of rather soft wood, which leads to inaccuracy and a lack of stability. But from the pictures it seems, like there are different 'generations' of this camera. The last ones look rather cheap, for example the knobs, or the woodwork, as far as I can tell from pictures. Also some have lensboards that seem to be made from plastic or metal. While others look rather nice, I would imagine, that cameras from the 50's or 60's are nicer made than the later ones.
Fore any insights, user experiences, or tips or what to look fore if one wants to buy such a camera I would be grateful. Yes I know there are other cameras, but the fkds seem to be cheap and they were also fascinating anachronisms.
btw, the website http://www.pauck.de/marco/photo/stuff/fk/fk.html seems to be down, does anyone know if the informations there are available somewhere else?