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John Bailey
09-15-2005, 10:38
Hi,

Is the film advance/shutter setting on the more "modern" 4am/4m easier to operate than the "older" 4/4a which I have? Smoother and less force required?

Thanks,

wlewisiii
09-15-2005, 10:54
Actually if your Kiev has a harsh advance, you'd probably be better off spending the money on a CLA of that body rather than on a new one. Oleg www.okvintagecamera.com come highly recommended though I haven't yet used his services.

William

kiev4a
09-15-2005, 10:55
Hi,

Is the film advance/shutter setting on the more "modern" 4am/4m easier to operate than the "older" 4/4a which I have? Smoother and less force required?

Thanks,

Pretty much the same although the AM is easier to rewind because it has a crank.

Rick Beckrich
09-15-2005, 13:56
I agree with both W's... but note that the AM (am) is easier to load
with the fixed spool. That said, I use my older version more often.

phototone
09-15-2005, 15:38
None of these Kiev cameras are "easy" to wind when compared to more modern designs. They are a bit rougher than the comparable Contax models, as the gear trains are not as finely polished.

FrankS
09-15-2005, 16:00
I found a huge difference between an early (1959) Kiev 4a and a later (1980's) Kiev 4am. The earlier Kiev was much smoother and more Contax-like in its operations.