Update on the Kiev 88

I have been using my Kiev 88 during the lockdown. I wanted to try the extra cassette I bought a while ago. Plus it takes 6×6 shots, so it is much easier to finish a roll.

I have tried the beast a few times before the lockdown, taking it on local walks after work. I also reread my previous post about the camera and reminded myself of the issues I had. It helped. I wound the cassette to the first shot and cocked the shutter before attaching the cassette to the body.

BUT, while using the camera I noticed the cassette behaving in a weird way. It seemed to catch or move irregular distances, was the new cassette faulty?

The counter didn’t seem to be working so I had to look at the film window to see how many shots I had left. Then I developed the film and the issues were apparent.

As I have lots of time, I decided to try and find a video with tips on how to use the camera. I knew the camera has a reputation of being fickle, but was there something I was missing? I found this video.

Holy moly, I had either never read or completely forgot about the slight reverse of the cassette wind on knob to set the counter. No wonder I have been having issues.

I have reloaded both cassettes and will use the beast again on the next sunny day, but I think my issues are solved. Basically I have too many cameras and can’t retain every single camera nuance…another reason to down size.

In the meantime here are some sample photos from the beast.


  1. The shots came out really well. They look sharp and nicely contrasty. I have the Kiev 60 with the same lens (I think). That too is an absolute monster but takes amazing photos. I really should dig it out and use it again…


  2. Nice shots, a keeper…..well until maybe a Bronica presents itself to you.
    With reference to David Lockwood’s comment using a neoprene strap….I have a op/tech strap I’d be happy to give you once the Corona situation changes

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    1. I ordered the original strap from Russia, but it hasn’t arrived yet. I was thinking I could attach the clips to a neoprene strap. And I have owned two bronicas in my time, so won’t be tempted to swap for that 🙂

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  3. hmmm well, I was trying not to think that I want the Kiev 88 now you’ve made that more difficult.
    You say it’s a beast but I suspect it’s lighter than my Mamiya C330

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