Does anyone know how to use this RF?

ahuyevshi

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My grandmother passed last year and my mom was just cleaning her house when she found this.... I can't seem to find any directions on line....

I can make out Aperture (markings exist), but shutter speed doesn't have a corresponding marking. I can also tell that the film counter is manual. In that case how do I advance the roll? There seems to be a meter on top, but I'm not sure if it is working.. Focus seems to be similar to my M6 (Although the focus patch is way brighter when I don't forget to move my finger lower)..

Also what kind of mount is this? Can I use the lens on my M6 or E-P2?

Any help would be appreciated...

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re-note

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Hello ahuyevshi,

In fact it is a Zeiss Contax made in the U.S.S.R. after the blueprints and remaining parts were liberated from the Soviet Zone after WW II.

for further information go to : http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?Kiev4a.html~mainFrame

this will shed some light on your inheritance.

Having tried a Zorki 4 years ago with a similar lens I think the KIEV an even nicer antiquitiy to keep for a reminder of the old days, but nothing I would use nowadays.:frown:
As for the lens you could pick up something more popular to fit on M43.

regards

re-note Rolf
 

ahuyevshi

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Thanks guys.... I don't plan on using it daily, but definitely need to shoot at least a roll of triX with it...
 

mauve

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Great find, it's a gem. As with many classical RF, never, ever, change shutter speed before cocking it first, or you WILL ruin it.
 
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