The Kiev 4a is a well known Russian (Ukrainian to be 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-4am, was in production from 1980 to mid-80’s.
This Kiev-4a was made in 1977, it is a type 2 model.
- Shutter speeds: B, 1/2 – 1/1000
- 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. Leatherette is complete.