OK, Now I've done it. Finally gave in to temptation and got seduced by the Russian Hasselblad based cameras. I resisted for quite awhile, telling myself I didn't need one, what with a couple of medium format folders and a perfectly good Pentacon 6 with two lenses already at hand. But I knew it was coming. Visiting the Kievaholic Klub didn't help any, either. Even with all the fair warnings from "Top 10 things to do with a broken Kiev", "Kiev Truths" (It will break), and the "Lighter side of owning a Kiev", I was not deterred. I wanted one even more. Maybe the warnings were carefully crafted reverse psychology. I started watching Kubanoid's auctions carefully, because he is well regarded at the Russian Camera Forum. I've bought Russian rangefinders from FSU sellers in the past, but not from him. I won a Kiev-80 from him, and it arrived last Tuesday. It's very similar to the Salyut-S that came before it and the Kiev-88 that came after. Kubanoid was true to his word, the thing works, even at the dirt cheap price I paid for it. There is some lore surrounding the metal shuttered versions of this camera that the shutters won't work properly at 500 or 1000 and this can't be repaired or adjusted. I'm happy to report that on this example, these speeds work well and the frame is evenly exposed. The 1000 speed is, if anything, fast instead of slow. I found myself picking it up and fondling it, winding and firing it just to hear the sound. I started packing it around the house and setting it down where I was sitting or working. It is beautiful in some ways, rude and crude in others, but that makes it even more desirable somehow. Maybe I'm just trying to emulate the examples of Kievaholism.. Like every other Russian or Ukrainian camera I've bought from sellers in the former Soviet Union, the focus needs some minor adjustment, but I think this can be done without sending it out. I made a makeshift focusing screen by attaching a small piece of Scotch magic tape to a scrap piece of film and installing it in the magazine. This was used to observe the focus at the film plane through the peephole in the film magazine. After determining a "fudge factor" to correct the focus from the finder screen, I got some beautifully sharp images on film of the objects I was focussing on. IIRC, some older 35mm SLRs have little tabs that the mirror rests on when down for viewing, and the mirror can be adjusted by bending the tabs slightly. There are tabs like this in the Kiev-80 body, but they're too heavy duty to bend easily, and I don't want to break anything, so I'm leaving them alone 'till I get a repair manual. Also, if I raise the mirror slightly, which I will need to do to correct the focus, the plunger that operates the lens diaphragm retracts slightly, so I'm not sure this is the correct way to adjust the mirror. Anyone have experience with this?