|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. I am quite impressed. Soviet execution of German design is as good as it always is. There are no light leaks - always a bugbear of old cameras, neither in the seals around the base/back nor in the sutler blinds - an advantage, I would think, of using brass rather than cloth. Exposure is even indicating that the shutter blinds are both moving smoothly. There is no lens flare - although these test pictures were mostly taken in rather overcast conditions.
The rangefinder test (see below) shows both that the rangefinder is accurate at close distances and that the lens produces sharp images. The picture of the iron shutter shows the one draw back of a rangefinder camera (or any viewfinder camera, come to that). I had the shutter central in the viewfinder but it is distinctly off-set in the image - parallax problem. Some cameras adjust the viewfinder when focusing closer but not here.
|Rangefinder test - focused on the nearest finial|
|Enlargement of the finial showing it to be in good focus.|
|Metal shutter showing parallax error in the viewfinder|
|Lincoln City Square|
|Witham looking west|
|Witham looking west|
|Old bicycle that I use as a test piece for all my old cameras|
|Indoor shot of Lincoln Central market - fairly slow shutter speed.|
|Fisherman as Easington, East Yorkshire|
(сделано в CCCP = Made in USSR ) ,