a true Contax II copy and was in production at Arsenal factory in Kiev
in 1955-1959. Kiev IIa is practically identical to the Contax II - it
even features a stabilizing foot on the bottom plate. This model adds
a useful feature - a flash synch.
This Kiev IIa was made in 1957.
The specifications are the same
as Contax II's.
- Shutter speeds: B, 1/2 - 1/1250
- Rangefinder base: 90 mm
- Lens: coated Jupiter-8, F =
5 cm, 1:2, coated, a copy of Zeiss Sonnar
- Flash synch (first introduced
on Kiev IIa)
The camera is in EXC condition, clean and attractive. There are some minor
paint scuffs on the edges of the body, no brassing on the chrome parts.
The leather covering is complete and clean. The RF/VF is clear. The lens
is also clean and clear. The shutter, flash synch, and self-timer are working properly.
The Kiev IIa is much less common
than its successors - Kiev
4a and 4am. It is a good user and a desirable
and attractive collectible camera.
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