The Kiev IIa is a true Contax II copy and was in production at Arsenal factory in Kiev in 1955-1959. Kiev IIa is practically identical to the Contax II – it even features a stabilizing foot on the bottom plate. This model adds a useful feature – a flash sync.
This Kiev IIa was made in 1957.
The specifications are the same as Contax II’s.
- Shutter speeds: B, 1/2 – 1/1250
- Rangefinder base: 90 mm
- Lens: Jupiter-3, F = 5 cm, 1:1.5, coated, a copy of Zeiss Sonnar. Note that this is an upgrade with a faster lens, the Kiev IIa was originally sold with a Jupiter-8
- Flash sync (first introduced on Kiev IIa)
The camera is in EXC- condition, shows its age and use, but clean and attractive. There are some minor paint scuffs on the edges of the body, no brassing on the chrome parts.
The leather covering is complete and clean. The RF/VF is clear. The lens is also clean and clear, but as most Jupiter-3s has cleaning marks on the front element.This does not affect image quality.
The shutter, flash sync, and self-timer are working properly.
The Kiev IIa is much less common than its successors – Kiev 4a and 4am. It is a good user and a desirable and attractive collectible camera.