Kiev-4am with Helios-103 Lens

Kiev-4am with Helios-103 Lens

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Date Added: Monday 20 December, 2010

by Bruce Kowal

Kiev -4 with Jupiter 8 Lens
This superb piece of fine mechanics is from 1959. Not only is this camera in excellent condition, but the case itself seemed to have been locked up in a closet for 51 years. And surprise, the selenium meter showed some sensitivity. With some adjustments I am able to use the meter. The Jupiter 35 has exceptional contrast and sharpness. For the first time, I do not need to use the contrast slider on my software. I shot a roll of film on December 14 in Manhattan. The temperature was 25F on that day. The shutter speeds were absolutely accurate: all the exposures were perfect. I will admit that I did not test the 1/1000 speed, but 1/125 and 1/250 where most people shoot were accurate. The camera, obviously, had undergone an exceptional CLA from Mr. Boguslavsky. A half-century of grease and oil were removed. Mr. Boguslavksy takes much of the risk out of purchasing these fine, fine instruments. It helps that he is a genuine enthusiast for the cameras, as well as for the hardworking Soviet citizens and technicians who produced them.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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