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 a stabilizing foot on the bottom plate.
A small quantities of Kievs were made in 1947-1949, those cameras are very hard to find and they are technically not classified as Kiev II.
This Kiev II was made in 1955. The Kiev engraving is of the early type – in Cyrillic only.
The Kiev II is becoming increasingly hard to find, especially the early models.
Kiev II Body