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Kiev-19

The Kiev-19 adds through the lens metering to the Kiev-17. The metering system is automatically turned on by depressing the depth of field preview lever. The exposure is set by adjusting the exposure time and aperture until both the red minus and plus led are lit. The film speed is set on a dial under the rewind crank. The dial is released by pressing a small chrome button next to it. There is no self timer and the flash jack has been moved to the side of the prism housing. On the back of the camera is a frame for the end of the film box (source: http://www.commiecameras.com).


 

Produced: 1985-1994
Name: „Киев-19“
Producer: Arsenal (Kiev)
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Helios-81H   2/50.
Shutter: 1/2s, 1/4s, 1/8s, 1/15s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s, 1/250s, 1/500s + B.

Original price (in year 1986) 150 roubles.
                                                  
Thanks to Gediminas Degutis (Lithuania) for camera #8710787 donation.

 

An early Kiev-19  #850889.

 

  

Very uncommon camera to find. Totally black body. No otherwise different.








Camera opposite from private collection in China.

 

Kiev-19  #866969.

 

  

Camera identical to #850889, but with new nameplate already. Different design of lens markings. No otherwise different. 

At least 4 types of Kiev-19 are known to exist in totally: 1) An early type (see camera #850889), 2) common type (see camera #8710787), 3) an export version with nameplate in Roman characters, 4) totally black body (very uncommon). . 

 

Kiev-19 #8710787.

 

 

 

Less common late version of Kiev-19 with export markings. Although the particular sample opposite was released in 1992, still "Made in USSR" markings can be found on the rear plate.

The particular camera is fitted with an ultra rare Volna-4H  1.4/53mm from 1980-ies. The standard lens for Kiev-19 is MC Helios-81H  2/50mm.

 

Kiev-19  #9240347.