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#1 LightMeter

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 08:47 PM

I found this Kiev 4 on Ebay. It only took 2 weeks to get here from Ukraine. Being an SLR guy, I accidently shot a few with the lens cap on :mellow:  Now that I'm developing film at home I don't have to wait for it to get back from the lab. I plan on developing the test roll of FP4 Friday. It looks very nice. Like my Praktica it has the selenium meter and the camera does not use any kind of battery. But nothing on this camera is smooth or precise. Sliding the back off and putting it on is kinda difficult. Changing shutter speeds and winding film is klunky. Changing the f stop can result in changing the focus. The viewfinder is tiny. The flash contacts short out when the shutter is not cocked. Flash sync is a dismal 1/25. Frame counter has to be set manually and it can easily be bumped and changed. The bottom of it is not flat so mounting an Arca type tripod plate is tricky. But from the research I did on this camera I expected all that smile.png Serial # starts with 82 so that's when it was made. Seems the Soviets were way behind in the camera times in '82. But I like it and will run a few rolls a year through it.

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 10:17 PM

Very cool LM!!!
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Posted 30 April 2015 - 06:29 AM

I look forward to the prints.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 06:44 AM

Super cool Bill congrats!

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:51 AM

Looks great, Bill. Enjoy!

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:36 AM

yup Russian cameras are clunky and quirky, but the lenses for the Kiev and Feds are fantastic.

 

Even the Leica (SM) crowd have good things to say about  the Jupiter and Industar lenses.


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Posted 30 April 2015 - 12:46 PM

Congrats!

 

I will bet BP will be green with envy when he sees it! ;)


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