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test roll: Kiev 4AM

*a couple of months ago i posted my “newest” cameras (here). i’ve gotten the test rolls weeks back but i haven’t blogged about em yet here. but i have posted the test shots on my tumblr.

kiev 4AM: mine was made in 1983. compared to a regular kiev 4, the 4AM does not have a light meter built into the camera. ergonomically, its a bitch to hold.  i had to “relearn” how to hold this camera. on a normal grip, you tend to cover the rangefinder window. so you try to avoid the window by serparating your fingers in a weird way. known as the “contax hold” as matt denton puts it. im sorta used to it now even though i have just used the kiev w/ only one roll of film. this came with a really nice helios 103 53mm 1.8 lens. same as the zorki 4 in the previous post, the kiev is well-built, very solid and has a bright viewfinder. what i find annoying on the camera is the lens locks whenever you set it to infinity. the film advance knob and the shutter speed knob are both not as smooth to turn as on the zorki. but despite this its still a great camera.

ferrania 200

the rest of the kiev 4am photos are posted here.

next up: test roll: Smena 8M


  1. August 28, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Great photos! What kink of film did you use?

    • August 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      thanks royalrat. i used a generic film made by ferrania 🙂

      • August 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        That’s great. What is the sensitivity of the film asa/din?

    • August 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      royalrat, asa200, i usually write the film speed on my posts. check the tags on my posts i try to put all the details there. thanks for stopping by again 🙂

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