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Kiev-4a
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The Kiev 4a is a well known Russian (Ukrainian to be politically correct) Contax II copy. This was a long running production model - with some slight changes Arsenal factory in Kiev produced it from 1958 to 1980. Kiev-4a is very similar to its predecessor - Kiev IIa, it introduced some cosmetic changes. The lens was also modernized - the aperture dial was engraved on both sides of the lens, so the setting is visible regardless of the lens position. The aperture dial has stop-click settings. And, of course, the name was changed to Jupiter-8M. All these changes made the proven Contax design more convenient to use.

There were two major Kiev-4a variations - the original Kiev-4a (1958 - c.1974) and the Kiev-4a type 2 (c.1974 -1 980). In the Kiev-4a type 2 the Arsenal engineers finally admitted that the top speed of the shutter was seldom as fast as 1/1250, and a more realistic 1/1000 was engraved as a top speed. The last model, Kiev-4m, was in production from 1980 to mid-80's.

This Kiev-4a was made in 1977. It is a type 2 model.

Technical Characteristics

Kiev-4a Body

Shutter Speeds

B, 1/2 - 1/1000

Shutter Type

Focal plane, metal/leather curtains, vertical movement

Rangefinder Base
90mm

Viewfinder Magnification

0.9x

Flash Synch

X-type

Film Type
35mm film in standard cassettes

Self-timer

9 to 15 seconds

Lens Mount
Contax Rangefinder Bayonet. Internal and external bayonets fully compatible with Contax II, III, IIa, IIIa
Body Finish
Chrome, Leather covering

Lens: Jupiter-8M, 50/2, CZJ Sonnar Copy

Focal length

50 mm

Aperture

1:2, settings from 2 to 22, stop-clicks

Angle of Coverage
45?

Focusing

0.9 m - Infinity

Filter size

M40.5x0.5

Optical Design
6 elements in 3 groups, click to see drawing

Optical registration (back focus)

31.85?0.02 mm

Mount
Contax Rangefinder Bayonet (Internal). Will fit all Kievs, Contax II, III, IIa, IIIa
Glass
Coated
Finish
Polished chrome

The camera is in GOOD+ condition, clean and attractive, the viewfinder is clear and sharp. The lens is also clear and clean with a few dust specks inside (minor and will not affect image quality). The shutter and self-timer are working properly.

The camera comes with a plastic lenscap.

As well as any Soviet Contax copy, the Kiev-4a is a rugged and precision camera, equipped with a great lens. It is capable of taking advantage of modern films, and is simply a great fun to use.

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