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I am an Soviet and Russian camera collector residing in State of Illinois, USA. I have only somewhat recently started collecting (since May 2007) these fine examples of Soviet and Russian mechanical engineering and design that until late 80s have been closed off to the rest of the world. Now that these cameras have come to light, I want to share them with all of you. Recently I have decided to start cataloging Soviet and Russian cameras online, thus the project was born, which is a Wiki catalog of Russian and Soviet cameras.
Vlad's Soviet/Russian Photographic Equipment Collection

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Kiev 20

Vlad's Description
Body Serial #:
Lens Serial #:

Wiki Catalog Entry
The Kiev 20 was the best of the Nikon bayonet system SLR's produced by Arsenal but the price put it beyond the means of most soviet consumers and the camera was not successful. It was eventually withdrawn and replaced with a simpler, cheaper model, the Kiev 19. Kiev 20 adds full aperture metering to Kiev-17, and 20 was also sold as 17M. An excellent camera, with a few gremlins like most late soviet products.

CDS TTL metering
Shutter B, 1-1000th
stop down lever
self timer
hot shoe & sync
lens Helios 81H 2/53mm (MC) or Volna 4(MC), 1.4/53mm

Known serial numbers:
830108, 830952
840529, 841925, 842675, 843381 (Aug 22nd), 845381, 845733,
846084, 846090, 846232, 846495
850044, 850597, 850734, 850744, 851142, 851384, 851997, 852980

Price 400 rubles
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