The 50 mm
Jupiter 8 lens can be avantajously replaced with another soviet lens :
the Helios 103 pouvait être avantageusement remplacé par un autre objectif
soviétique : le Helios 103. This lens provides better image quality especially
with color films. The
Helios lenses are based on the Zeiss Biotar concept.
The common roots of the Kiev 4 with pre-WW2 Zeiss cameras,
allows it also to use Contax lenses.
Four versions of this camera have been produced : the Kiev
4 and the Kiev 4M with a small-size selenium photo-electric exposure
meter, and the Kiev 4A and the Kiev 4AM without this exposure meter.
The Kiev camera numbering process is simple : the two first digits of
the camera serial number give its manufacturing year. Thus, the camera
of my collection has been produced in 1973.