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Russian Kiev-4a Rangefinder, Contax Copy

The Kiev 4a is a well known Soviet (Ukrainian to be correct) ContaxII 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 cosmetic changes.
The lens was also modernized – the aperture dial was engraved on both sides of the lens, so the setting is visible regardless of the lens position.
The aperture dial has stop-click settings. And the name was changed from Jupiter-8 to Jupiter-8M. All these changes made the  proven Contax design more convenient to  use. 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-4m, was in production from 1980 to mid-80’s.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs

1 review for Kiev-4a

  1. Kyle (verified owner)

    I originally inquired about a Kiev 20. Yuri spoke with me very frankly about the cameras and troubles I may be setting myself up for. After some further discussion on what I was looking for, he recommended the Kiev 4a. The camera was shipped quickly and arrived in excellent condition. It has been a joy to use. I am very happy with the purchase and grateful for Yuri’s honesty and professionalism.

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