Lots of parts Kievs are complete apart from the mount so someone is doing it: buying one is/would be simpler than machining.
For a while Helious were available NOS really cheap. Probably all gone now.
There are still H-103s out there for reasonable prices, quite a bit less that J-8s in equal condition anyway. I think Fedka wants about 40 USD for one.
The Kiev mount conversion would still entail a fair bit of machining to connect it to an LTM body; I can cut 26 TPI threads, but do not have facilities to cut metric threads. I couldn't make some dremel and epoxy kluge anyway, I'd wince every time I saw it and besides my friends would probably euthanise me if I did.
The Contax/LTM adapter would let me play with other lenses, too.
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