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Kiev 4AM test results
Old 06-21-2019   #1
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Kiev 4AM test results

My black painted (not stock) Kiev 4AM. Beautiful beast but goofy to use. Fantastic lens. A light leak every 3rd pic.
Results below shot in Fuji Superia 400





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Old 06-21-2019   #2
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Lovely, sharp and excellent colours. Shame about the light leak.
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Nice looking camera and great photos. I shoot a lot of images similar to the third photo. Love geometric shapes with organic contrasting elements. Hope you find/cure the light leak.
I'm hoping to get my repaired 4a back soon!
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Nice looking camera and great photos. I shoot a lot of images similar to the third photo. Love geometric shapes with organic contrasting elements. Hope you find/cure the light leak.
I'm hoping to get my repaired 4a back soon!
Thanks!
Well the light leak is from a missing seal above the sprocket gear. It seems when they took the kamera apart to paint it they mis-placed it.
But my regular affordable excellent camera repair guy didn't want to touch it. My other dood charges Leica prices...
It happens every 3rd pic and if I really want to I could just frame for a square image so that it wouldn't matter! But it happens.
The lens is surprisingly good on this thing - at least as good as the 50 1.4 on my Nikon S2 - so this would be a great base set up or user for someone else.
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Well the light leak is from a missing seal above the sprocket gear. It seems when they took the kamera apart to paint it they mis-placed it.

Something internal, ouch. I was going to say, I fixed the light leaks in my Zorki by taping all around the back door. Different camera architecture entirely though, but it helped that it was something simple. Hopefully you can get yours sorted out.
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