Kiev 5 (1972)

This review is part of the Cameras of the Dead series which I have been publishing every year on Halloween and “Halfway to” Halloween, featuring three cameras that I’ve wanted to review that either didn’t work, or was otherwise unable to shoot. I am republishing each of those individual reviews …

Kiev-15 TTL (1980)

This is a Kiev-15, a 35mm SLR camera produced at the Soviet Union’s Arsenal plant in Kyiv, Ukraine between the years 1973 and 1980.  The Kiev-15 TTL was a slightly updated model with a different exposure meter that was produced only in 1980, the camera’s last year of production.  The …

Zeiss Historica Spring 2001

Zeiss Historica Spring 2001 Prototype lenses for three different Zeiss cameras, a look back at Carl Paul Goerz and his contributions to early Zeiss-Ikon and more of the story of how Zeiss-Ikon moved from Dresden to Kiev, Ukraine. Pg 2. Prototype Lenses for the Contax, Contaflex, and Contarex.  It should come …

Kiev-19 (1985)

This is a Kiev-19, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by the Arsenal Factory in Kiev, Ukraine between the years 1985 to 1994.  It was a replacement to the earlier Kiev-17 which was the first Soviet camera to use Nikon’s F bayonet mount.  Most Nikon F-mount lenses will work …