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Kiev-60 TTL

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

Strap buttons

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.


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Taken on May 19, 2010