Kiev 88

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by glene, May 13, 2009.

  1. glene

    glene TPF Noob!

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    I have been offered a Kiev 88 for $200 bucks by a friend. Its apparently a knock off of the Blad and is 6x6 and I love 6x6 photography and have wanted to get into it for so long just to get back to film to much digital!! but could never afford a real blad atm, so my question is has anyone got one? I know they have a rep for being DOGS but how bad is it, if im just ganna have a play is it a good buy? or should i run for the hills!?
     
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    Steph No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Kiev were famous for their (very) poor quality control. Their cameras were not very reliable even when new. I would stay away and maybe look for a Twin Lens Relflex (TLR) camera such as a Mamiya C330 (interchangeable lenses) or a Yashica MAT124 (non-interchangeable lens). You might even find a Bronica SQB or SQA (SLRs) with a film back and a 80mm lens with your $200 budget.
     
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    ^ Ditto.
     
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    I've have one, You should run for the hills.
     
  5. glene

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    HAHAH consider your advise taken, Im running!!
     
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    I will add my ditto on the Bronica SQ if you want to get into MF. Lot of good equipment being sold off right now. Just after the holidays I purchased a new SQ-Ai body, new 80mm PS lens, new Metering prism, new non-metering prism, new 120 film back all for under $500. This was a store clearancing out their equipment. I saw full kits of SQ models going for $200 used the other day while parusing that auction site. If you have the desire and couple extra hundred. I think now is the time. Before they start becomming considered classics and prices start going back up.

    I actually bid on a C330 and think would have won but my last rebid didn't make it in time. It went for $221.
     

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