Kiev-4a Body

Kiev-4a Body

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Date Added: Sunday 06 January, 2008

by Paul Thomas

This is the third Soviet camera I've ordered from Fedka and, as with the previous orders, I'm very pleased with both the camera and Yuri's customer service.

The Kiev-4a is an excellent camera, in beautiful condition, capable of smooth, precise focusing, with a bright, contrasty rangefinder and the other controls all placed on the camera body for ease of use. It's a fairly big, hefty camera for a 35mm and once one gets used to the "Contax hold" the real fun begins!

I ordered my Kiev-4a with a Helios-103 lens and a case. Yuri emailed me to say that with the Helios-103 lens attached to the body the camera case snout was a bit snug. The case would close if I didn't use a lens cap on the Helios. I had read a lot about the Helios lens online and I do like to have a case where possible so, after a few emails, Yuri came up with an excellent solution: he would include a Jupiter-8M lens free of charge!

I've used both the Helios-103 and the Jupiter-8M lenses and I have to say that while the Jupiter-8M is a great lens, the Helios-103 is simply fantastic. I was really amazed at how crisp and sharp the photos taken with the Helios are. Anyone who gets a Kiev-4a with a Helios-103 lens will not be disappointed!

Fedka and Yuri are simply the best.

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

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