Why A Kiev 88 Is Better Than A 500-Series Hassy
By Kevin Ing


It's truer to the original secret "German areal camera."


You can actually afford more than one lens.


It can be used as a defensive weapon with less remorse for the financial loss.


A Kiev in black is still nicer than Ruby Red, Sun Yellow, Forest Green or Cobalt Blue.


You won't have to carry around a special "un-jamming tool" because giving a Kiev a good whack against a hard surface might be all that's necessary to un-jam it.


You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get the same frame spacing problems and film back light leaks.


Many of the smellier Kievs can double as pest repellants thus protecting you from nasty bites if you shoot in the wild or equipment-snob "photographers" if you join a camera club.


The Kiev 150mm "portrait lens" negates the need to purchase expensive Softar filters because the lens itself is already a little soft.


You don't have to worry about all the shutters in your lenses being "off" ... You only have to worry about one shutter in the body being off.


A boxed Kiev from the factory is like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're gonna get.


December 14, 2001
Copyright © 2001 - Kevin Ing