Russian Early Kiev II Rangefinder, Contax II Copy
The Kiev II is a true Contax II copy and was in production at Arsenal factory in Kiev in 1950-1955.
Kiev II is practically identical to the prewar Contax II – it even features its stabilizing foot on the bottom plate.
This Kiev II was made in 1950, the second production year of this model. The Kiev engraving is of the early type – in Cyrillic only.
Shutter Speeds: B, 1/2 – 1/1250s
Shutter Type: Focal plane, metal/leather curtains, vertical movement
Rangefinder Base: 90mm
Viewfinder Magnification: 0.9x
Flash Synch: Not available on the Kiev II
Film Type: 35mm film in standard cassettes
Self-timer: 9 to 15 seconds
Lens Mount: Contax Rangefinder Bayonet. Internal and external bayonets are fully compatible with Contax II, III, IIa, IIIa
Body Finish: Chrome, Leather covering
Lens: Zorki ZK, 50/2, CZJ Sonnar Copy. Most of these early lenses were assembled using original Zeiss glass.
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f:2, settings from 2 to 22
Angle of View: 45º
Focusing: 0.9 m – ∞
Filter size: M40.5×0.5
Optical Design: 6 elements in 3 groups, coated glass, 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
Finish: Polished chrome
The camera comes with a metal lenscap and a take-up spool
The Kiev II is much less common than its successors – Kiev IIa and 4a and is becoming increasingly hard to find. It is a good user and a desirable and attractive collectible camera.