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 sight cosmetic changes.
There were two major Kiev-4a variations - the original Kiev-4a (1958 - c.1974) and the Kiev-4a type 2 (c.1974 -1980). 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 1974, it is a type 1 model.
- Shutter speeds: B, 1/2 - 1/1250
- Rangefinder base: 90 mm
- Flash synch
The camera body is in EXC.- condition cosmetically,
clean overall. There are practically no paint scuffs on the edges of the body,
no brassing on the chrome parts.
Why AS IS? The shutter of this Kiev is stuck open. The rest of the camera is working.