Kiev 4 meter callibration

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by mapadogm, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. mapadogm

    mapadogm Guest


    I recently aquired a Kiev 4 with a meter. Since I gave the camera an
    overhaul I am trying to adjust the meter (actually trying to find the
    corect position of the readings display)On the display there are four
    symbols. A black
    dot, the number '4', the number '2', and a black diamond shape. What
    do these numbers mean? And where should the needle be resting when the
    sensor cover is shut? I am new to photography and this is very hard
    for me.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    mapadogm, Nov 12, 2003
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    Jeff Sumner Guest

    The -4 and -2 are underexposure numbers, useful in lower-light
    situations. Each accounts for an approximate "stop," or at least thats
    how I use them, and I get decent exposures.

    Don't worry about where the needle sits when the window is closed- there
    is a bit of light that gets in there (not a bad thing) when the window
    is closed, and if you have the sensitivity of the meter set all the way
    for low light, the needle will indicate *something* some of the time
    depending on the amount of light getting into it. Don't worry about it.

    I use the sunny 16 if I'm relying on the Kiev meters- I'll check to see
    if it is pretty accurate that way and at what "GOST" speed is indicated,
    and if close, I'll consider the meter fairly accurate for what I need to

    Don't take it too seriously, though.

    Jeff Sumner, Nov 12, 2003
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    mapadogm Guest

    Thank you JD for your responce.
    mapadogm, Nov 13, 2003
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    Jeff Sumner Guest

    Not at all! You are aware of the FSU forums on and, eh?
    Jeff Sumner, Nov 13, 2003
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    mapadogm Guest

    This is a good piece of information.
    mapadogm, Nov 14, 2003
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    Duncan Ross Guest

    From: (mapadogm)
    If it's any use, large adjustments are made by moving the wiper position on the
    underside of the meter dial, fine adjustments are made by turning the set screw
    on the camera back just below the meter (it moves the scale forwards and
    backwards). Don't open the meter mechanism up unless the needle is sticking.

    And yes is is normal for the needle to zoom away suddenly as you cross into the
    over-exposed part of the scale.
    Duncan Ross, Nov 14, 2003
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