|Kiev 4 - front view|
The camera has a very Zeiss Ikon look about it and the body is broadly similar to the Pentacon F and Contaflex - both German derivatives of the Contax, the Pentacon F being East German and the Contaflex being West German (younger readers should consult their history books!).
- in the centre is the shutter release, threaded for a standard cable release.
- around the shutter release is a knurled ring to wind on the film and reset the shutter.
- The shutter speed selector - operated by lifting and turning the film advance ring.
|Kiev 4 - top plate|
|Kiev 4 - accessory shoe|
- The outer knurled ring adjusts the light meter.
- The inner ring which is adjusted by two studs to set the film speed.
- The centre is a pull up knob for rewinding the film.
|Kiev 4 - lens mount|
- there is a small pointed stud near the upper left of the lens mount which can be moved away from the lens to unlock it.
- there is a lever by the rangefinder wheel which you depress as you turn the wheel.
|Kiev 4 - rangefinder wheel|
|Kiev 4 - rear view|
The reason for the loose take-up spool is that it can be replaced with an empty cassette, removing the need to rewind the film when finished. This gives a faster reload time - good for studio work but not good elsewhere. I think, in general, this camera was designed with the studio in mind.
|Kiev 4 - back/base removed|
|Kiev 4 - detail of brass shutter|
|Jupiter-8M lens - front bezel|
|detail of lens showing curved aperture blades|
Test film is developed and here are the results. Firstly, I am impressed with the lens with one exception - there is significant flare in one picture. Secondly, I am used to using either SLR or point-and-shoot cameras and on occasion I have forgotten to focus because the viewfinder is always in focus. One picture was intended to test the accuracy of the rangefinder and shows that the rangefinder is not quite accurate but is close. This is adjustable but I shall not bother.
(сделано в CCCP = Made in USSR ) ,