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Kiev Saga pt.2: The Arrival

today (26 July 2010) is the arrival of my long awaited Kiev 4A. as explained on part 1, this purchase have many first for me, and after 20 day had passed, i was getting worried that will it ever arrived. well now there is nothing to be worried! it’s here! with it’s rather crude packaging, as i rip the brown paper that is covering some kind of protective layers, and lo behold the camera I’ve been waiting for almost a month now The Kiev 4A with Jupiter-8M 53mm f2 lens (rather odd, the internet sources always said that the jupiter-8 is a 50mm lens, it’s the Helios that uses 53mm) and complete with it’s EverReady case.

The Package from Ukraine



Smug faced

Smug Faced #2

well the seller photos is the real one, and hasn’t found anything to be out of order right now, will have to buy some film and check it out some more.

Kiev 4A, eveready case, yellow filter

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Kiev Saga pt.1

well i am in the process of buying a Kiev 4A rangefinder from eBay… this will be a first time experience for many different reasons if it goes well. first, it will be the first time i buy something from the internet. two, and from eBay of course. three, it will be my first rangefinder (always wanted one). and four, my first FSU (Former Soviet Union) camera.

at the moment, i even can’t finalized the transaction, as the verification process on PayPal is not finished yet, didn’t think it will be this complicated.

on the other side, reading stories about buying FSU cameras on eBay is actually a kind of gamble, many stories about the unreliability of the FSU cameras, especially when buying them straight from eastern European dealers. having my finger crossed for this one.

will post the continuation of this epic saga…

more info on Kiev 4 cameras
Keith Berry’s very informative site
Matt Denton’s Kiev

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