Kiess Wide Angle Point and Shoot Camera?
Some idle thoughts from an idle mind.
I have a Kiev 4 AM that is in good shape, with the exception of the rangefinder which does not work.
IDEA 1 - I was toying with the idea of tearing into it myself, but based on the number of partially completed tasks I have lying around the house and in the garage that have been in Limbo for several years now I have decided against this idea.
IDEA 2 - I thought about sending the Kiev to Henry S. for a complete overhaul, but I can buy about 8 or 9 more Kievs complete with lens for that amount of money. Nope, not gonna do that.
IDEA 3 - I thought I might send it to Oleg and have it serviced, but I can buy another one from him in good working order for about the same amount of money. So it is gonna stay Stateside.
IDEA 4 - I am going to turn it into a Kiess (this is a combination of Kiev and Zeiss) wide angle point and shoot camera. I have a Zeiss Biogon 21mm wide angle lens and a 21mm viewfinder that I have attached to the Kiev 4 AM. I then printed out a hyper focal chart from an Excel spread sheet that I have taped to the back of the camera body. Example: Aperature F8, focus at 6 feet everything from 3 feet to infinity will be in acceptable focus. So this will become basically a wide angle point and shoot camera.
Does this sound like a reasonable combination? After all the camera body is just a dark box to hold the film .
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