The History of the Pentacon Six
The Kiev 60
Dates c.1984 – 1992 ...
The Kiev 60 was available new long after 1992, and appears to have been made until at least the late 1990s. However, in typical command-economy style, vast quantities were made to meet production targets, regardless of consumer demand, so there may still be hundreds, or even thousands, of “new” Kiev 60’s available to purchase – often referred to as “old new stock”. It is usually possible to identify the year of manufacture of “Soviet” cameras and lenses, as the first two digits of the serial number are usually the year of manufacture.
This was essentially a modified version of the Kiev 6C. The Kiev 60 moved the shutter release to the (normal!) right-hand side. It no longer offered the option of 220 film (24 exposures), taking 120 film (12 exposures) only. It also lost the strap lugs, having instead two small studs from which the strap clips could easily become disconnected!
It was usually supplied in a kit with an uncoupled TTL
metering prism, 80mm f/2.8 Volna lens, collapsible rubber lens hood, lens
cap, strap, waist level finder, flash bracket, two close-up tubes, cable
release, two filters (UV and light green), batteries for the meter and
a large fitted case.
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