Kiev 4 AM


The Kiev 4 AM was one of the last range finder cameras produced by the Kiev-Arsenal company. It was produced between 1979 and 1986. The 35mm range finder Kiev cameras were clones of the pre-war Contax II and Contax III cameras.

I got this camera a while ago off of ebay and its just been lying around ever since. I finally got round to trying it out recently and was really pleased with the results. The Kiev 4 AM is a completely manual camera, you have to set the shutter speed yourself, which ranges from B to 1/1000. The Camera comes with a 1:1.8/53 mm Helios-103 lens, which has an aperture range of 1.8 to 22. There is a hot shoe and a self timer, but mine is a bit temperamental and doesn’t always would but that doesn’t bother me too much. It doesn’t have a light meter, but i got myself a cheap one off of ebay, which is a lot easier to carry around with it instead of another camera that does have one.

It took me a while to figure out how to open the camera to get the film in, because it doesn’t open up like a regular 35mm camera, there are little latches at the bottom of the camera that you turn and the whole back comes off in order to up the film it the camera. Once you figure out how to use the camera (which doesn’t take that long but didn’t help that the instruction book was in Russian) it is a fairly simple camera to use, and i really enjoyed seeing what this camera could do.

I can’t wait to get another roll of film into this camera and taking it out again. For more information on Kiev range finder cameras i would recommend visiting this web page it gives a whole load of information about the history of the Kiev cameras.

written by laineyrocks on 2009-08-13 #gear #rangefinder #review #soviet-camera #kiev-4-am


  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Sweet Kookaburra. I love how these cameras can be so old and beat up, but still take amazing pictures.

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    I really like the design of this cam!

  3. yadda-yadda-yadda
    yadda-yadda-yadda ·

    sharp shots - will check out for sure.

  4. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    I have a Kiev 4am, also. It's a bit battered and coroded, but works beautifully. The camera in the photo is not a Kiev 4am, but a Kiev 4a, a rather late model one. Good photos, i like #'s 13, 15, 16, and 17.

  5. laineyrocks
    laineyrocks ·

    hi, yeah i just noticed that they put a pic of the wrong camera, this is a link to a pic of a Kiev 4 AM

  6. ellyn
    ellyn ·

    i'm thinking to own a Kiev 4 camera...But I'm not quite sure about the difference...Would you suggest me to buy a Kiev 4m or 4am?

  7. laineyrocks
    laineyrocks ·

    sorry its taken me so long to reply, i think that the main difference between the two is that the Kiev 4m has a built in light meter as where the Kiev 4am does not, apart from that i think there are pretty much the same, here is a link to the instruction manual if you want to know more about them

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