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The Kiev 19M is a manual-focus manual-exposure single-lens reflex camera made in the Ukraine by Arsenal. It uses the Nikon F mount (AI). The standard kit lens is a 2/50. In contrast to the earlier Kiev 19, it has diaphragm coupling [2].


Produced: c.1988
Name: „Киев-19M“
Producer: Arsenal (Kiev)
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Arsat-H  2/50.
Shutter: 1/2s, 1/4s, 1/8s, 1/15s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s, 1/250s, 1/500s + B.

Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection. 

Can be found under export name Mirage-19M (Latin America market).


An early Kiev-19M  #9000061.



Arsenal have introduced Kiev-19M in 1988. The first batch of the particular cameras have metal top plate mouldings, instead of obviously cheaper plastic ones on late 19M's. My camera #9000061 has another serial number #152377 on paper sticker inside the body. No otherwise different from regular cameras.

Totally new complete set. I was told, that appr. 100 units of such sets were prepared in 1990. Few of these sets are for sale on eBay right now.


The cover of manual guide.



An export version of the particular camera. It's interesting to mention, that export cameras seem to have a separate 5-digits serial numberings. Domestic Kiev-19M cameras are quite common to find with 6-digits numbers (see camera #155360 below).


Kiev-19M (export)  #00928.




Kiev-19M  #155360.