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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-13-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By Ed S.
I have 2 Kiev 6Cs (predecessor to the...

I have 2 Kiev 6Cs (predecessor to the K60).

Remove the prism from your K60. Tape a rectangle of white plastic grocery-bag across your K60's film rails. Make sure the plastic film just tight enough,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,289
Posted By Ed S.
I've used cold-cream on camera leather and cases...

I've used cold-cream on camera leather and cases with very good success. My '80s vintage K-4 had a severe case of camera leather surface fungus on the body and the ever-ready case; fortunately,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-21-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 539
Posted By Ed S.
I know very little about Kiev/USA. Try reading...

I know very little about Kiev/USA. Try reading other links here for the latest information, or at http://www.rickdenney.com/The_Kiev_Report/Kiev_report_webpage.htm...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-15-2010
Replies: 87
Views: 10,048
Posted By Ed S.
Roll over to unblinkingeye.com and read about...

Roll over to unblinkingeye.com and read about uranotypes: http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Uranium/uranium.html.

The low-level radioactivity is a problem, but the chemistry of uranium and many...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-16-2010
Replies: 87
Views: 10,048
Posted By Ed S.
It depends on which lens element is "hot". As I...

It depends on which lens element is "hot". As I suggested in post 25, load some fast film and find out. The hot lens element will work like a radioactive flashlight. A hot front lens is unlikely to...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-15-2010
Replies: 87
Views: 10,048
Posted By Ed S.
It's important to determine the type of radiation...

It's important to determine the type of radiation involved.

Alpha particles are electron-less helum nuclei, which rarely travel more than 10" in free air before capturing a couple of electons (and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-19-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,183
Posted By Ed S.
If you get an M39-to-M42 adapter ring, the Helios...

If you get an M39-to-M42 adapter ring, the Helios works in any M42-mount SLR.

It (or they; there are 3 variants) has become a bit of a cult lens; the technical performance is poor overall...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-16-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,648
Posted By Ed S.
Link to Dante Stella: Section 3 "Ivan the...

Link to Dante Stella: Section 3 "Ivan the Incompatible" (http://www.dantestella.com/technical/compat.html)
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-16-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,648
Posted By Ed S.
I have a Kiev-3, a Kiev-4, a J-3, a couple of...

I have a Kiev-3, a Kiev-4, a J-3, a couple of J-8s, a Helios-103 and a Menopta (aparently identical to the Helios-103 except for the nameplate). I've had good results with all of these lenses, but I...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-13-2009
Replies: 163
Views: 9,917
Posted By Ed S.
Once upon a time, actually until quite recently,...

Once upon a time, actually until quite recently, government funding / monies for Public Art brought us things such as The Parthenon, most works by Michelangelo, Donatello (and the other Turtles),...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-10-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 5,526
Posted By Ed S.
I've had good luck repairing threads (2) damaged...

I've had good luck repairing threads (2) damaged like that shown in post #6.

I use a dowel and piece of wood on standoff blocks, as others do, but I use a large C-clamp instead of a hammer, to push...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-12-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 632
Posted By Ed S.
If you chose to do the repair yourself, The Kiev...

If you chose to do the repair yourself, The Kiev Survival Site (http://www3.telus.net/public/rpnchbck/index.html) will be very useful.

Try this specific link:
...
Forum: Off Topic 08-22-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 1,644
Posted By Ed S.
Thereís a lot to be said for the Kiev 60 (I have...

Thereís a lot to be said for the Kiev 60 (I have a 6x6 and a 6x4.5 Kiev-6C; almost identical, but also takes 220 film). These cameras are inexpensive but reasonably robust, and they take P6-mount...
Forum: Optics Theory - 08-09-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,913
Posted By Ed S.
The Jupiter 37 lens looks suspiciously like an...

The Jupiter 37 lens looks suspiciously like an SLR variety.

This link (http://forum.mflenses.com/disassembly-jupiter-37am-t1176.html)on mflenses.com has a brief / cryptic discussion on opening...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-14-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 583
Posted By Ed S.
Haze? Once upon a time, New York had haze, but...

Haze?

Once upon a time, New York had haze, but now I think it's mostly smog.
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-24-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By Ed S.
I suppose that I should clarify a bit. I...

I suppose that I should clarify a bit.

I generated all of my data using Excel, and Excel defaults to 7 or 8 decimal places. Just create a formula, and voila, unachievable amounts of precision are...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-23-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By Ed S.
AntiQ: The situation that my Excel spreadsheet...

AntiQ:

The situation that my Excel spreadsheet shows me is this:

If a 50mm f/1.0 lens has a nominal diameter of 50mm, then it has a clear aperture area of 1963.495mm2.

So, interpolating:...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-23-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By Ed S.
I did an Excel exercise on this subject. Lots of...

I did an Excel exercise on this subject. Lots of typing and checking, to catch any mistakes. I did this mostly out of curiosity: is f/0.95 1/8- or 1/6-stop below f/1? An 11% overall light loss makes...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-25-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,200
Posted By Ed S.
Reuben, You seem to be on a quest for sharpest...

Reuben,

You seem to be on a quest for sharpest focussing ability for your camera.

The "tape-the-focussing-screen-of-your-choice-over-the-film-rails" method has already been described. But you...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-28-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 1,373
Posted By Ed S.
From your description and post #17, it looks like...

From your description and post #17, it looks like somehow your camera is pointing down (relative to the bottom of the camera) by a small fixed amount.

But you write that this only happens on the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-17-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Ed S.
It sounds like your shutter is ok. The red on the...

It sounds like your shutter is ok. The red on the right of the picture you posted might have happened during film handling. Things seem to point back to a film advance problem.

In rereading your...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-16-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Ed S.
Rhodes: I see that you are located in Portugal....

Rhodes:
I see that you are located in Portugal. Oleg, in the FSU, is probably much closer to you. There are / were a couple of repairers in England, but one of them no longer repairs Kievs. Check the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-16-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Ed S.
It sounds like you should send your camera out...

It sounds like you should send your camera out for repair and a good CLA. Iíve had good luck with Fedka, and Eddie Smolov is highly recommended by others. Both are in the US.

As a sanity check,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 01-07-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 1,390
Posted By Ed S.
I have an Arax 55mm Shift lens that mounts to my...

I have an Arax 55mm Shift lens that mounts to my Pentax Super Program via a P6-to-PentaxK Tilt adapter (pictures here (http://forums.delphiforums.com/kievreport/messages/?start=Start+Reading+%3E%3E),...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-12-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By Ed S.
If you have a J9, J11 or J12, the infinity lock...

If you have a J9, J11 or J12, the infinity lock is useful when mounting one of these lenses.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 681
Posted By Ed S.
Can you set up a set of distance tests using a...

Can you set up a set of distance tests using a measuring tape? An indoor test on a table or hallway floor, with a playing card (a face card, to focus on the pattern) set at 0.9m, 2m, and the marked...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-06-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By Ed S.
The focus wheel can be used to focus other Kiev...

The focus wheel can be used to focus other Kiev lenses, but it can be a bit painful. I usually rotate the lens barrel on my J-9 and J-11 to focus. Hand under the lens seems less likely to interfere...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-03-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By Ed S.
I have an ~1980 K4A (working meter), recently...

I have an ~1980 K4A (working meter), recently CLAed by Fedka, and a 1952 K3 (functional meter) with (its original?) 1953 J-8 (and now a 1952 J-3), and the obligatory J-9, J-11 & J-12, plus a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-28-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By Ed S.
My table of ASA-to-DIN-to-GOST says ASA 200 =...

My table of ASA-to-DIN-to-GOST says ASA 200 = GOST 180, and this seems to be correct. But Iíve used mostly color, and Walgreens might adjust the prints a little (my negatives look ok though).

One...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-09-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,098
Posted By Ed S.
Rick Olesonís site ...

Rick Olesonís site (http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-27.html)has a large selection of manuals. There are other sites that also have manuals, potentially different ones, and there are sellers on...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-05-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 982
Posted By Ed S.
Oleg Khalyavin...

Oleg Khalyavin (http://www.okvintagecamera.com/kievparts.php), a premium repairman, seems to have shutter ribbon in stock, His site mentions a $30 minumum order, but he is also on the other side of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-28-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Ed S.
The Kiev Survival Site...

The Kiev Survival Site (http://www3.telus.net/public/rpnchbck/index.html) might have the answer you need.

Specifically, this page...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-24-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By Ed S.
Iíve had good luck with the following procedure,...

Iíve had good luck with the following procedure, based on one I found on-line; maybe here, maybe at the Kiev Survival Site, maybe somewhere else (I canít remember). Itís similar to that for my Kiev...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-23-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 2,681
Posted By Ed S.
For completeness, there are also the 250/3.5...

For completeness, there are also the 250/3.5 Jupiter-36B (Latin V) and -36b (Latin B) for the Kiev 88 + Salyut, and P6 mount (Kiev 88CM, -6C, -60 and Pentacon), respectively, medium format cameras.
...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-08-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 721
Posted By Ed S.
Iím not offended. Using measuring tape to...

Iím not offended.

Using measuring tape to verify focus range is a useful action. But the resulting photos will again confirm that a focus problem exists, not directly identify the cause.

Note...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-08-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 721
Posted By Ed S.
Iíve had good results with several Kiev lenses on...

Iíve had good results with several Kiev lenses on my Kiev-4a, so I believe that the late-model Kiev-4ís were designed to use earlier Kiev-2, -3 and Ė4 lenses. But with the variability in Soviet build...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-07-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By Ed S.
Try http://www.okvintagecamera.com/index.html

Try

http://www.okvintagecamera.com/index.html
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-17-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,562
Posted By Ed S.
Itís interesting to note that on the Kiev RF, the...

Itís interesting to note that on the Kiev RF, the lens focusing range is dependent on amount of lens rotation. I had never paid much attention to this, until this thread (which caused an attack of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-14-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 1,562
Posted By Ed S.
My Guess

Go to the Kiev Survival site (Lenses) (http://www3.telus.net/public/rpnchbck/lens%20and%20optics.html) and look at the J-9, J-11 and J-12 disassembly photos. These lenses are similar to SLR lenses;...
Forum: DIYS Forum 04-11-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 3,305
Posted By Ed S.
Iíve looked at the Before and After photos in...

Iíve looked at the Before and After photos in post #2 several times (most before joining).

Being a Technical Absolutist, I see the difference, and I vote for the treatment (the After photo).
...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,696
Posted By Ed S.
A quick examination of my Kiev 4 reveals that...

A quick examination of my Kiev 4 reveals that when I attach my J9, 11 or 12 (all of which can focus like an SLR style lens: base locks to body, optics rotate) the infinity lock can be used to ensure...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-02-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 572
Posted By Ed S.
Thanks for the link. It confirms my belief that...

Thanks for the link. It confirms my belief that Konica RF lenses (40mm) could be adapted to work on many rangefinders (~5mm available).

I've been eyeing this adapter (#7598893473, on eb). It's...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-02-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 572
Posted By Ed S.
Lens-to-Camera Adapter RFI

This is a request for lens adapter information for pre-digital lenses and camera bodies.

I have an assortment of m42-mount lenses and several Konica SLR lenses, and Iíd like to be able to get an...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-01-2008
Replies: 106
Views: 6,870
Posted By Ed S.
I had Fedka clean and adjust my Kiev about 4...

I had Fedka clean and adjust my Kiev about 4 months ago and fix a minor problem, and it seems quite reliable.

From one of the previous links, the Kiev 2 and 3 are exact copies of the Contax (II or...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-01-2008
Replies: 106
Views: 6,870
Posted By Ed S.
Second Post I was going to ask about the...

Second Post

I was going to ask about the overall reliability of the Kiev 4A (I have a new one, received as a gift in 1981), given that it has been examined/adjusted by a capable repairman, compared...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-23-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 861
Posted By Ed S.
First Post (again)

Perhaps this First Post will show up. Maybe login type is the key.

The .pdf made available by Abbazzís link is excellent material. There seems to have been quite a lot of Soviet optical development...
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