Kiev II, True Contax Copy, 1955

Russian Early Kiev II Rangefinder, Contax II Copy

The Kiev II is a true Contax II copy and was in production at Arsenal factory in Kiev in 1950-1955. Kiev II is practically identical to the prewar Contax II - it even features a stabilizing foot on the bottom plate.

A small quantities of Kievs were made in 1947-1949, those cameras are very hard to find and they are technically not classified as Kiev II.

This Kiev II was made in 1955. The Kiev engraving is of the early type - in Cyrillic only.

The Kiev II is becoming increasingly hard to find, especially the early models.

Technical Characteristics

Kiev II Body

Shutter Speeds

B, 1/2 - 1/1250

Shutter Type

Focal plane, metal/leather curtains, vertical movement

Rangefinder Base

Viewfinder Magnification


Flash Synch

None on this model.

Film Type
35mm film in standard cassettes


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-8, 50/2, CZJ Sonnar Copy

Focal length

50 mm


F2, settings from 2 to 22

Angle of Coverage


0.9 m - Infinity

Filter size


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

Optical registration (back focus)

31.85?0.02 mm

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

The camera comes with a metal lenscap and its original leather case (worn, but complete).

The Kiev II is much less common than its successors - Kiev IIa and 4a. It is a good user and a desirable and attractive collectible camera.

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