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I have finally tried Kiev 4
Old 12-08-2019   #1
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I have finally tried Kiev 4

Well, I have never planned to have one. Growing in FSU I have never really liked Soviet stuff so as soon as iron curtain has fallen I ditched Zenits and Smenas and went for Contaxes and Leicas... But FSU gear is still quite abundant and not expensive where I live (Lithuania) so after reading some good words about Helios 103 I decided to give a try. So, I needed Kiev too and found one for 20 EUR and the best part of it was that it was from 1969 (same year I was born). Well, what can I say - my Kiev works with no issues. Exposures are accurate, focusing as well, no issues with light leaks, film spacing is OK. Helios 103 is really nice (although I have to test it more, especially wide open). But I am not sure I will get comfortable with slow focusing. It's really slow, especially in cold weather with gloves. But we'll see...

Below a couple of test shots on ORWO N75. It's quite grainy film, so...

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