||The popular Kiev 88 Series has been highly touted by the likes of SHUTTERBUG's Bob Shell and POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY's Jason Schneider as the "bargain-shopper's choice in medium format photography implementing interchangeable 120/220 backs". These cameras are available onlyfrom KIEV/USA with our hand crank for easy operation and cloth shutter curtains for quieter operation and more dependable shutter advance. And, of course, all Kiev 88 Series kits include our exclusive One Year Warranty.
Without a doubt, the Kiev 88 Series single lens reflex medium-format camera is today's most outstanding value in medium-format photography equipment. As the heart of a complete photographic system, the Kiev 88 offers features which are available only on cameras which often cost thousands of dollars more.
Why medium format?
Larger negatives and transparencies for superior enlargements and reproductions, hand-held portability together with the freedom of ground-glass composing, plus a choice of subject uninhibited by constraints or either image size or equipment: These are the advantages of medium-format photography. These are also the advantages of the Kiev 88 Series. And whether you're an advancing photo-hobbyist or you're already a professional, the versatile Kiev 88 is the perfect interface between your hand, your eye, and your art.
Flexibility and quality for the most challenging assignments...
The Kiev 88 is a modular camera system ideally suited for the photographer who strives for artistic and technical excellence with every shot. The lenses are products of a Soviet industry renowned for its expertise in aerospace optics. They are available in focal lengths from 30mm to 250mm and rank among the finest in the world. The camera's brilliant viewfinder, precision focal plane shutter, interchangeable 6 x 6cm and 6 x 4.5cm roll film magazines, instant proofing back, and other accessories provide the flexibility to handle almost any assignment---without frills or gadgets to complicate its operation or your result. And, best of all, the Kiev 88 is offered at an affordable price
made all the more affordable in the kits of cameras and basic accessories which we sell here at Kiev/USA.
- Die-cast aluminum alloy camera body
- Tough, scratch and scuff-resistant black vinyl covering
- Polished chrome trim to protect exposed metal surfaces
- Exclusive 90º twist-lock bayonet lens mount
- Twin 3/8-inch threaded sockets for tripod and pistol grip use
- Hot shoe with synchronous center contact for accessories.
- laterally-reversed, 53 x 53mm upright ground glass display
- High-intensity Fresnel lens to illuminate matte viewing screen
- Extra-bright 14mm center spot with horizontal split-image rangefinder and surrounding microprism ring
- Etched hairline grid markings to facilitate accurate image alignment.
- Interchangeable eye-level pentaprism viewfinders with and without built-in full aperture TTL exposure metering
- Two fast, ultra-sensitive cadmium sulfide cells (TTL finder)
- Center-weighted averaging measurement with LED readout (TTL finder)
- Laterally-correct, 53 x 53mm upright ground glass display (TTL and prism finder)
- 45º sighting angle (TTL and prism finder)
- 3X eyepiece magnification (TTL and prism finder)
- Recess to accommodate individual correction lenses. (TTL and prism finder)
- Precision, stainless steel or cloth curtain focal plane shutter with horizontal traverse for consistent lens-to-lens exposure
- Ten programmed speeds from 1/2 to 1/1000 second, plus Bulb
- FP-X electronic flash sync with open curtain from 1/2 to 1/30 second
- Standard PC tip socket for flash cord
- Interlock to prevent triggering shutter before dark slide is withdrawn
- Flag to indicate signal status of shutter wind.
- Full line of accessories