Киев = Kiev, capital of the Ukraine
Manufactured by Arsenal Factory, Kiev, Ukraine, CCCP
Model: 1991 (Produced between 1984-99)
Medium format SLR film camera, Film: 120 roll, picture size 6x6 cm
Lens: Arsenal Volna-3 MC (ВОЛНА), 80mm f/2.8, automatic,
Mount: Kiev Type C, breach-lock, (same with Pentacon Six),
filter thread 62mm, serial no.9106660
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22, setting: ring and dial on the lens
Lens release: via turning the ring on front of the lens mount
Focus range: 0.6-10m +inf
Focusing: Fresnel matte screen w/ central microprism collar around the split image rangefinder, ring on the lens, w/ distance and DOF scales, focusing possible only when shutter cocked, thus mirror goes down and diaphragm sets to full aperture
DOF lever: Two, on the lens and on the right of the lens mount (work when the shutter cocked),
Shutter: Curtain-type cloth focal plane shutter, setting: dial on the left of the top plate, horizontal travel, speeds: 2-1/1000 +B
Shutter release: on the right front side of the body, obliquely positioned, w/ cable release screw
Shutter cocking lever: also winds the film, on the right of the top plate,
Frame counter: auto-reset, additive type, minute window display beside the cocking lever, after auto-resetting the letter H (Cyrillic) instead of usual S letter appears in the display
Mirror: not instant return, the shutter must be cocked for down position
Viewfinder: eye-level SLR pentaprism finder, interchangable with waist level finder
Releasing: two symmetrical siver knobs on both side of the prism, left one locks
Exposure meter: full aperture TTL CdS, cell in prism, metering zone is the oval shaped, central part of the viewfinder field, (full aperture metering depends on the shutter cocking)
ASA range: 9-1000, setting: on the complex calculator dials knob on the prism finder
Exposure meter on switch: right side of the prism finder, auto turns-off after 15 seconds
Metering: two red LED light in the viewfinder, for correct exposure they must be seen in the same time by turning the calculator dials, over exposure: only right hand one is on, left hand one under exposure
Exposure setting: Cock the shutter first, set the ASA number on the calculator dial, set the aperture ring of the dial to the actual lens aperture, then turn the outer speeds ring of dial till the two red LEDs appear simultaneously in the finder, then set camera's speed dial to the alligned speed with your aperture on the calculator
Cold-shoe: on the special arm screwed to the front of the body
PC sync. connection socket: on the lower-left-front of the body, X- sync. 1/30
Self timer: none
Film speed memory dial: ASA, on the winding lever
Back cover: Hinged, opens by a minute lever on the bottom plate,
Film loading: The beginning index arrow of the film paper must be alligned to the red index mark over the film way, close the cover and then make three blank shots so the counter shows 1
Two folding handles on the both side of the bottom plate for releasing the spools
Engravings on the back of the top plate: Arsenal logo and serial no.
Tripod socket: modern 1/4'', w/ an adaptor screw for old type 3/8''
Battery: 4.5v, (eg. 3x LR44/PX675/RM675), for metering only
Battery chamber: left backside of the prism
Body: metal, Weight: 1.95 kg. with 80mm lens
serial no. 9105290 (the first two digits show the manufacturing year)
+ Arsenal UV filter УФ-1x (UF), eye-piece hood
The Kiev 60 is inspired by the Pentacon Six, but contrary to wide-spread claims, it is not strictly accurate to call it a Soviet Union copy, it has been very substantially re-designed. So the Kiev 60 is a newer design than the Pentacon Six. They share the same principles and the lens bayonet but nothing else. So, you can use many of the Pentacon Six lenses.
If ever there is a camera which doesn't deserve its bad reputation, it's the Kiev 60.
It is one of the best deals for anyone wanting to do amateur medium format photography.
With the prism, it looks, feels and handles like an overgrown 35 mm SLR.