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Does anyone know how to use this RF?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by ahuyevshi, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    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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  2. re-note

    re-note Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2010
    Bremen -Germany
    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.


    re-note Rolf
  3. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
  4. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    Thanks guys.... I don't plan on using it daily, but definitely need to shoot at least a roll of triX with it...
  5. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    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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