October – Kiev Month
The last few weeks the amount of traffic this blog has received has spiked in one very particular area – Kiev Cameras.
I am a big fan of the ones I have and use them all on a regular basis – but because of the amount of interest in them recently; I have decided to make October the month of the Kiev for me; so I will use the 4AM, 60 and 88 exclusively for the month and leave the rest at home.
As my choice of camera has been driven by the lens options more than body options recently, I am going to have to get used to a choice of 5 lenses for the cameras and also get reaquainted with carrying a meter and the shear size and weight of these beasts;
– For the Kiev 4AM it will be either the stock Helios 103 53/1.8 which fits and locks on the Kiev bayonet or the Jupiter 12 35/2.8 that I have to hold on as it doesn’t lock.
– On the MF Kiev 60 I have a choice of either the 80/2.8 from Arsat or the Mir 65/3.5. There is a small difference is the angle of view between the lenses – but as I tend to use them both close up I don’t ever see a massive difference in the result as both are of the same optical standard.
Now however with the Zodiak 30/3.5 stuck to the front for all eternity, it can only give me full frame medium format fish eye.
As there would be no use doing this for the month and just using the cameras in normal situations, I am going to deliberately look for the places where you seriously would not chose to use a fully manual meter-less Ukrainian camera and hopefully demonstrate the reason why these cameras are not becoming redundant in the overly digital age.
If anyone has any specific ideas on difficult situations – then please feel free to drop me a line so I can incorporate your ideas.