Quote Originally Posted by Stephen J. Collier
...should I try to find a used medium format system from a larger and better known name or should I buy a new Kiev system for half the price?
Personally I would get a decent used system from a well known brand. There are some great used stuff out there for cheap. I would NOT however buy from e-bay, but I'd go to reputable places like B&H, Adorama, Samy's, Henry's or KEH. I am assuming you are in the US or Canada.

Regards, Art.