The last model of Arsenal Factory's Kiev line of Contax clones, the Kiev 4M remains a popular rangefinder camera among Soviet camera fans up to the present. Find out more about this analogue beauty in this installment of Lomopedia!
Produced by Arsenal Factory in Kiev, Ukraine between 1976 – 1987, the Kiev 4M remains a popular camera for analogue lovers and Soviet camera collectors/enthusiasts. This 35mm rangefinder camera was the last Russian copy of the Zeiss Contax III produced by Arsenal during the Soviet Era. The “M” in its name signifies that it was modified and modernized from the previous version. Upgrades include a new self-timer, hotshoe, new rewind fold-away lever, and an improved shutter speed dial that made reading and operating easier. There were 5 types and 5 sub-types made for this rangefinder camera.
Technical Specifications: (for Type 4 produced from 1979 to 1980)
Focusing: Match the rangefinder images, via lens ring or via a wheel in the right-front of the top plate
Locks on infinity, unlocking via a small knob just behind the focusing wheel
Shutter: Focal plane slotted type with hinged metal curtains, vertically travelling
Cocking knob: Also winds the film, it should be turned as far as to lock
Speeds: 2-1/1000 +B, setting dial on the cocking knob, pull-out and turn
Viewfinder: Coupled viewfinder / rangefinder
Eyepiece: Large and very bright
Exposure meter: Uncoupled high-sensitive small-size selenium photo-electric exposure meter, w/ a lid on its window
Exposure setting: Matching needle and black diamond mark in the window, w/ 2 and 4 EV multiplier numbers; Adjusts via a complex dial knob around the re-winding lever; Shows GOST (ROCT) scale & aperture & speed scales
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