Kiev 60


Forget the gym membership. Hefting this thing around will give you not only an upper body but also a core work out. A friend gave me this camera. With that TTL meter on top, it looks like it’s wearing a baseball cap sideways, doesn’t it? Meter and all, it weighs in at almost 4 pounds 6 ounces.

I’m thinking there might be some funky engineering in that film take-up mechanism. Weird, huh? Funky engineering in a Russian made product? The images have varying and wide spacing in between. If the film hadn’t advanced quite so far, I could’ve gotten another shot or two per roll. As it is, this particular camera takes about 9 or ten square images on 120 film. Film spacing appears to be an issue as I Googled it and there was much discussion. One person stated they got 7 to 12 images per roll. Close enough, I guess.

Another thing that’s close enough – well, not quite close enough – is the fit between the TTL meter and the camera body. Every now and then it simply falls off. I taped it on with Gaffer’s tape, just to be safe.

I really like the images I’m getting with the 80mm 2.8 lens.

The shutter has a loud and satisfying “KERCHUNK!” Major mirror slap.

Shooting a lion head, created by Jeffro Uitto, at an abandoned bridge abutment – using the Kiev 60. (SO glad I taped that meter on!)


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January 29, 2018

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