Kiev-4a

$179.00

Kiev-4a

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Description

Russian Kiev-4a Rangefinder, Contax Copy

The Kiev 4a is a well known Russian (Ukrainian to be politically 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 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, of course, the name was changed 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.

This Kiev-4a was made in 1961. It is a type 1 model.

Technical Characteristics

Kiev-4a Body

Shutter
Speeds

B, 1/2 – 1/1250

Shutter
Type

Focal plane, metal/leather curtains, vertical movement
Rangefinder
Base
90mm

Viewfinder
Magnification

0.9x

Flash
Synch

X-type
Film
Type
35mm film in standard cassettes

Self-timer

9 to 15 seconds
Lens
Mount
Contax Rangefinder Bayonet. Internal and external bayonets fully compatible with Contax II, III, IIa, IIIa
Body
Finish
Chrome,
Leather covering

Lens: Jupiter-8M,
50/2, CZJ Sonnar Copy

Focal
length

50 mm

Aperture

1:2, settings from 2 to 22, stop-clicks
Angle of View
45 deg

Focusing

0.9 m – Infinity

Filter size

M40.5×0.5
Optical Design
6 elements in 3 groups, click to see drawing

Optical registration (back focus)

31.85+/-0.02 mm
Mount
Contax Rangefinder Bayonet (Internal). Will fit all Kievs, Contax II, III, IIa, IIIa
Glass
Coated
Finish
Polished chrome

The camera is in GOOD+ condition, clean and attractive, the viewfinder is clear and sharp.
The lens is also clear and clean with a few dust specks inside (minor and will not affect image quality). The shutter and self-timer are working properly.

The camera comes with a take-up spool and a plastic lenscap.

As well as any Soviet Contax copy, the Kiev-4a is a rugged and precision camera, equipped with a great lens. It is capable of  taking advantage of modern films, and is simply a great fun to use.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs

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