James W. Anderson tells how the LDS Church got help from the KGB when they ran low on cameras while microfilming records in the former Soviet Union.
Historically, the Communist governments felt they did not want to rely on the West for their equipment, goods, or services, so they made their own of just about everything. In music, they knocked off the Hammond B3 organ, and in microfilming, they knocked off the Kodak cameras the LDS Church was using among many other businesses and groups.
But the cameras still took the standard size film, and they soon were put to work filming anything that could be found. There is a vast quantity of records still there, and at the outset they soon had, thanks to the old KGB cameras, ... 40 operational throughout Russia and other areas almost right away. [Link]