Kiev 88

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The Kiev 88 is the most well-known of the Kiev cameras. Produced by the Arsenal factory in Ukraine, the Kiev 88 is very similar to the Salyut-S (Kiev 80), but has a hot shoe. The Salyut-S was in turn an updated version of the Salyut, the first model of which was a copy of the Hasselblad 1600 F.

The Kiev 88 is best known as an inexpensive entry-level medium format SLR. Quality control is generally understood to be rather poor on these cameras. A version reconditioned by Arax may improve this.

The standard lens is a Volna-3 80 mm f/2.8. There are some high-quality lenses available for Kiev-88 cameras at low prices, including the Arsat 30mm f/3.5 fisheye lens, available for around $200, whose nearest rival bears a price tag closer to $6000.

The Kiev 88 originally used a screw thread but was later modified to take the Pentacon Six mount. This version is called the Kiev 88СМ.

The camera was sold with a metering prism as the Kiev 88 TTL.

External links

Praktisix and Pentacon Six lens mount
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