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.