The Kiev 17 was the first Soviet camera with the Nikon lens mount. The 17 was introduced in the late 1970s. The big difference between the 17 and later Kiev models is that it doesn't have an internal meter and more of the camera parts were made of metal, making it heavier. It also has shutter speeds to 1/1000 sec., rather than 1/500 like the Kiev 19 and 19M. It has a feel and shutter sound somewhat like an overweight, meterless Nikkormat. There was a later edition of the 17 - the Kiev 17M, that has a meter, also named as Kiev-20. There also is a rare Kiev 18 that was only manufactured for about a year. The film advance lever on the Kiev 17 seems easier to operate that the fatter, shorter lever on the 19 and 19M. The Soviet-built Nikon mount lenses are excellent optics (source: http://home.att.net/~wayne.cornell/camera/russianslr.html).
I have added a couple of pictures of an earlier version of the Kiev-17. Note the position of the flash synch on the front of the camera and not on the side of the pentaprism housing. Also the film reminder disk on the camera back. David Tomlinson.
Producer: Arsenal (Kiev)
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Helios-81M 2/53.
Shutter: 1s-1/1000s + B. (sovietcams.com)
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Created by Vlad on 12/17/2007 3:53:31 PM | Last Edited by RCCCUK on 8/28/2009 3:32:45 AMRevision History