I have purchased several other cameras from Yuri, FEDs and Zorkis, but not a Kiev... until now. The first one, a Kiev 4am, had shutter issues, and I exchanged it for another 4am model. (I'm very sorry I had to send the first one back, because it really was pretty and everything but the shutter worked just fine.)
Got the new one and ran a roll of Tri-x through it, and they all came up smiling. Any not-so-hot prints were my fault, not the camera's. Like the first one, this Kiev is really pretty; the focusing wheel and lens are really smooth, the rangefinder was on target, and the shutter speeds seem to be fine. The only quibble I have is that the photo lab used color print paper instead of B/W paper to print the negatives. Everything has a warm cast to it!
I go my usual excellent service from Yuri, and I'll be buying from him again. I'm using my Ukrainian cameras in rotation, mostly with B/W film. The Kiev is my main B/W camera now.
Once again, I can recommend Yuri and Fedka.com as a superior place to do business. In my opinion it's the next best thing to a real live camera shop for service and product.
With best regards,
Stephen S. MackRating: [5 of 5 Stars!]