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..I didn't buy, because the Cash Converters shop I saw it in wanted £100+ and it had internal dust and what might have been slight fungus.

Tair-33, 300mm f4.5 with Kiev 80 mount for 6x6cm SLR. Huge heavy bugger. Annoyingly they didn't have the camera itself, I've always had a soft spot for them.

If anyone actually wants one of these, it's the Cash Converters shop in Kentish Town road - it may be on their web site too. They had no idea what it was at all, just look for Russian Lens and a price a bit over £100

Date: 2017-02-20 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] history-monk.livejournal.com
The shop where I used to work had a customer with a Kiev 80. There are a couple of problems with the design.

The shutter/mirror action is violent - I chose the word carefully - and tends to produce camera shake.

The interchangeable backs aren't all that interchangeable. The standard of manufacture wasn't very good, and the joint between the camera and the back tended to leak light. In the early 1980s, TOE, the importers, would fit each camera and the back supplied with it to a decent standard by hand. If you wanted an extra back, you had to send them the camera and all the backs you had , and they'd fit them up. But the usual limit was three backs; after that, it was very hard to fit another without one of them starting to leak again.

Date: 2017-02-20 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
I remember there being one or two relatively small problems when I was working for Morgans, but we never seemed to have more than one body or lens at a time so the full horror must have escaped me! OK, then this is NOT a camera I want to have anything to do with!

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