Some say it is a weak camera, but when I grabbed the Kiev 19, I felt that I could use her like a hammer. Learn more about this camera after the jump!
I bought this camera in Chernivtsi, Ukraine from an old man in a flea market. I didn’t know much about Kiev 19, but the camera was in good shape so I decided to buy it. The price? €12 .
Took a while for me to learn how to work with her, and I was a little discouraged with the first results. But, once I had mastered shooting with her, she showed me what she is capable of.
The Kiev-19 is 35mm SLR camera as produced between 1985-94 by Arsenal factory in Kiev, Ukraine.
This camera came with a Helios-81H MC 50mm f/2, but you can use any Nikon lenses with this camera. The mount system is Nikon Bayonet mount .This lens have aperture up to f/16 setting, ring and scale on the lens.
Shutter speeds: 1/2-1/500+B on the dial in front of the camera.
Film speed range: 25-400 ASA , with the setting beneath the re-wind button. To set, press the small silver button beside it.
Exposure setting: the metering system is automatically turned on by depressing the depth of field preview lever. The exposure is set by adjusting the exposure time and aperture until both the red minus and plus led are lit. Only plus or minus means over and under exposure.
Yes you can use flash, as the Kiev 19 comes with a hotshoe and also a flash PC socket. This camera uses two LR44 batteries. With its metal body, the Kiev 19 is a heavyweight at 911 g.