Thursday, 27 May 2010
Week 22 - Kiev 4 Russian copy of Contax IIIa
The Russian Kiev cameras were copies of the Zeiss Contax range. After WW2 the Russians removed the production line equipment from the Zeiss factories, and used it to make identical cameras in the Soviet Union. Quality control was not tight, and there were very good, and less good cameras made. This one was made in 1974, the same year that the final version of the Kodachrome colour slide film was introduced. I have removed my part used roll of Kodachrome from the Kodak Retina camera that I used in week 19, and will finish it off in this Kiev.