Lenses for Kiev 4 camera

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by John Fields, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    I recently purchased a Kiev 4 rangefinder (Contax knockoff) and have
    been looking at various soviet lenses. there appear to be two
    different bayonet mounts in the photos. one is the one on the camera
    I bought with a ring and a horizontal, spring loaded bar and there
    there is one that has vertical bars. both get listed to fit Kiev 1-4
    cameras...any way I can easily discern what the right mount is (when
    they don't show the mount in photo)
    John Fields, Aug 6, 2003
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  2. If I'm not mistaken, the Kievs have two sets of bayonets so all of these
    lenses will likely fit.

    The best lenses, based on my research: Jupiter-8 50/2 (sometimes 52/2),
    Jupiter 12 35/2.8, and Jupiter-11 85/2. I own the 35/2.8 in Fed/Zorki/Leica
    mount and it is a keeper.

    Jim MacKenzie, Aug 6, 2003
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  3. John Fields

    Evanjoe610 Guest


    Don't forgot the Jupiter 3 50mmF1.5
    That lens is also a keeper!!
    Evanjoe610, Aug 6, 2003
  4. John Fields

    Canonman Guest

    Go to www.cameraquest.com where Stephen Gandy as two guest ariticles on the
    Kiev 35mm cameras. He also has articles on the original Contax system,
    which explains whey the Kiev, a "copy" of the Zeiss Contax II-III, has two
    lens mounts. I must admit I'm thinking of getting one myself, since I like
    the original Contax II model design.
    Canonman, Aug 7, 2003
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    Thom Guest

    the Kiev 4 seems to come with and without the top mounted meter.
    Which CONTAX had the meter??

    Thom, Aug 8, 2003
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