experiences with KievUSA? any?

Discussion in 'Medium Format & Large Format' started by blackdoglab, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. blackdoglab

    blackdoglab yeah I'm easy.... but I'm not cheap

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    I'm savin' my pennies for a medium format slr and I've got a baited question... Have you ever bought a camera from Kiev USA and how well has it stood up. Yeah I know Bronica bodies are cheap, but I'd rather have a Kiev. Don't ask me why, but I've grown fond of soviet cameras and optics.
     
  2. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have a Kiev but did not buy it from Kiev USA, so I can’t not tell you about their upgraded reworked models, the Kiev I bought new on Ebay is likely the worse camera, total junk, shoot just 5 roll before it broke, I was so angry that I bought a Hassy 500CM
     
  3. blackdoglab

    blackdoglab yeah I'm easy.... but I'm not cheap

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    Ah yes, the creative quality control of Arsenal Zavod strikes again! Well, I know I won't be going the ebay route for a Kiev.
     
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    ErinB TPF Noob!

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    If you want to get into square format, I'd recommend a Hassy or a twin lens (Mamiya or Rollei). Kiev's are cheap knock offs of Hassy, and don't hold up so well.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There's a better alternative than the one you mentioned. Try this link:

    http://www.araxfoto.com/

    It might be more expensive but they're good people. They also do re-polishing and re-coating of lens cells for next to nothing.
     

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