Kiev 19m 35mm SLRs

Kiev 19m 35mm SLRs 

DESCRIPTION

The Kiev 19m represents an exceptional value in 35mm photography. It comes completely equipped with a 50mm f/2 multicoated lens, hot shoe and PC connection for flash, case, strap, and rubber eyecup.

  • Nikon AI-compatible lens mount
  • TTL metering
  • Shutter speed: 1/2 to 1/500th second and B
  • Flash synch: 1/60th second

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Feb 21, 2010]
    701 tomato
    Expert

    Strength:

    1. Accepts Nikon lenses
    2. Accepts 4 button sized A76 batteries instead of a 6 volt
    3. Helios 81H lens is sharp and contrasty.

    Weakness:

    1. Very poor craftsmanship
    2. Foam seals and mirror damper must be replaced.
    3. Unreliable metering.

    I found this camera at my local Goodwill thrift store in near mint condition. It came with the Helios 81 H 50mm f2.0 lens, original lens cap, and cloth case. On inspection, I determined that the foam light seals and foam mirror damper were rotten ( typical of many 80's cameras. ) I have replaced the mirror damper foam, and the light seals.
    The light meter has two red LEDs in the viewfinder, and when the two lights are both illuminated, in theory you have the correct exposure. However, there is broad latitute ranging over two to three stops. If you fiddle with the aperture ring and find the medium range, the exposure seems fairly accurate when comparing it to an external light meter.
    The light meter battery compartment in my camera has a clever plastic tube that enables you to use four A76 1.5v button batteries. This I intend to interchange with my Canon A series batteries which also require a 6 volt battery.
    The craftsmanship on the camera is poor. The trim and finish show sloppy workmanship. I would never pay more than thrift store prices for the camera. It is a novelty item, since thee are so many excellent Nikon cameras on the used market that are light years ahead of the 19M in build quality.

    Customer Service

    None

    Similar Products Used:

    Nikon FM
    Nikon F2

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    [Jan 24, 2004]
    McOuter
    Beginner

    Strength:

    Rock solid "old fashion" camera that worths its price. Perfect for those who doesn't need automatisms like autofocus, autoexposure or even a motorized film feed.

    Weakness:

    Maybe a little "too classic" camera for a beginner. The exposimeter tends to overexpose a half stop. That issue could be easily corrected for shooting slides or even ignored if shooting negative film, but it could be a real headache.

    A nice cheap 35mm single lens reflex camera compatible with Nikon AI and AI-S lenses. It comes with an Arsat 50mm f/2-16 lens, which performs well. Exposimeter needs a LR544 6V battery (or equivalent). It could be a great second body for Nikon users.

    Customer Service

    I bought directly from Ukrania, paying by PayPal with no problems at all. The warranty is one year.

    Similar Products Used:

    Canon EOS 3000.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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