Xmas, Contax is said to have internal parts chromed, I doubt any Kiev will have it, and finding Kiev assembled from Contax gears in Poland is like hitting needle in a haystack three times in a row. Hence the original Contax. Migrating lens designs was way harder due to different glass available on Russian market, so they had to change every single design as soon as they've run out of Zeiss glass. I can hit either a good body with an inferior lens (Early Kiev) or the other way around (late Kiev). So for now I'm sticking to Zorkis as long as I'm able to service it myself.
Disassembling the shutter and replacing anything in Leica shutter in it is way beyond my comfort zone, E. I'd cruise European flee markets to find a serviceable piece. I haven't yet taken a Kiev apart.
Leica or Contax, doesn't matter. It may be a different story in some years though, servicing Zorki 4 is a learning experience in my case. At least I got mine up ad running. I'm not missing much to really dis- and reassemble whole camera, but I'm afraid to do this and I won't without a good reason and a quality lubricant. And a spanner wrench, costing more where I live, than four Zorkis 4 with their lenses on.
I've seen somewhere I61 in Contax mount. Looking forward for more bizarre lenses made this way.
And yes, that's the softness of Jupiter I've been praising that much. It's not lack of sharpness common in Tessar clones, it's more like the bokeh only ends where you want it to end. For sharp results, I have Pentax M 50/1.7, pretty badass lens for the price, it almost never leaves the body.
Here the Helios is far from "clinical":
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