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01-19-2005, 09:43
....Contax IIa compared to a Kiev 4a? And the Kiev shutter is very quite at 1/50.

back alley
01-19-2005, 10:43
i think they are the same size if not at least very close.
i know i was surprised at how big & heavy the kiev was.


01-19-2005, 10:55
I don't have a Kiev to compare but here are the dimensions for a IIa (basic body, not including knob height):

135mm x 35mm x 68mm, 1 lb. 3 ounces


01-19-2005, 11:01
The Kiev dimensions and weights are on Nathan Dayton's "Commie Camera" site:



01-19-2005, 11:35
Looks like it may be pretty significant.

IIa 135mm x 35mm x 68mm and 539g
Kiev 4a 150mm x 30mm x 88mm and 675g

I think I have a like comparison of the Contax II and IIa at home which should measure the cameras at the same points. Technically this should be a good measure as the Kiev is a copy of the Contax II.

Thanks guys

01-19-2005, 11:44
P. S. I changed the measurement: the actual body is 30mm with a 5mm front cover, height is 67mm with 1mm feet. The winding knob adds about 10mm to the height.