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    Kiev 88 - has anyone used it?

    Hi,

    Im very close to buying a Kiev 88, supposedly its the russian version of the 'blad. Has anyone used this camera and do you have any tips/advice? Is it easy to use? Good results? Any feedback would help. Thanks guys, love ya

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    I've used the lenses on Kiev 6C and 60s. The lenses are fine.

    My question for you is why?

    A few years back they sort of made sense. Lenses were cheap. Bodies cheap.

    Today? In good condition they don't seem much/any cheaper then a Bronica SQ or a Mamiya RB/RZ. Or if you're looking at a 645 version then plenty of other 645 choices.

    So what is attracting you at the moment?

    Main draw for me would be the fisheye lens. That alone might justify getting a body.

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    I saw one on craigslist for $200 including everything. I had a pentax 67 for a while, my second one, both of them had shutter issues. Its time to move on, you know?

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    My 6C and 60s have been fairly problem free. But I would never suggest moving to a Kiev to avoid camera problems. With luck you'll get a great body. But you might not.

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    That's not the direction I'd move if you want something that is mechanically reliable.

    MF gear is really cheap right now. There are outstanding deals to be had on RB/RZ 67, Hasselblad 500 C/M, and Bronica cameras.
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    Havenot used one but tried one at a camera fare once. Was inpressed with its quality, it is a V series copy and some of the bits are interchangeable, prisms for one. It probably will not take the workload of a Hasselblad over 25 years but it will not cost nearly as much either.

    OK I baught a second hand Hasselblad, but it has taken 4 years to be able to afford 2spare backs and 1 additional lens. With the Kiev you could get the whole kit for what I payed for the camera.

    Enjoy it, it is a good bit of kit.

    Regards Paul.

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    You can often get an RB kit for the same amount. I kick myself everytime I see another go by for $200-$250 and don't buy it, but I have enough cameras for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul. View Post
    Havenot used one but tried one at a camera fare once. Was inpressed with its quality, it is a V series copy and some of the bits are interchangeable, prisms for one. It probably will not take the workload of a Hasselblad over 25 years but it will not cost nearly as much either.

    OK I baught a second hand Hasselblad, but it has taken 4 years to be able to afford 2spare backs and 1 additional lens. With the Kiev you could get the whole kit for what I payed for the camera.

    Enjoy it, it is a good bit of kit.

    Regards Paul.
    The Kiev 88 (and 88CM) are not copies of the V series Hassleblad. Kiev 88 Prisms and viewfinders can be used on the V series Hassleblads - but nothing else.

    I have 3 Kiev 88 CMs and 1 regular Kiev 88. The Kiev build quality and Quality Conrol are all over the place. If you get lucky and get a good one...
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    I have a couple of 88CM's and lots of lenses. I even have a polaroid back for them. They are fine cameras, but the assembly of the average one is poor. The best advice I can give is to puchase from a good reliable dealer that offers warranty. With that in mind, they can be good cameras. The only one to get would be the late models that have the Pentacon 6 lens mount. Earlier Kiev cameras had a propriatery lens mount not shared with other cameras.

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    I have owned two. One for a back up and one for a user. I got rid of the back up because my user was dead on. Three years of hard use and never a problem. I got lucky. I think mine was one of the last to come out of the old Hartblei factory, when folks knew who they actually were. Since getting more heavily into LF I put it up, but have a project I will be using it for, on a daily basis. I ran the shutter through its paces and I expected it to have issues since I have not touched it in a year. No problems aside from the dust.

    Phototone gives the best advice. Go with a reputable dealer. ARAX, had a pretty good reputation and were some really nice folks.

    As for the other MF cameras: The bodies may be cheap but the glass will kill you. One person's "cheap" is still my "way too expensive". I never regretted buying my Kiev. I even have it in the dreaded B mount.

    It can be frustrating if you do not get a good one though.
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    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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