Down and Beyond

Minster Leas, England. 2022

Taken on my Leica MP, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 100 Classic film pushed two stops.

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Kiev 4 and expired film

Sheerness, England. 2022

Kiev ~ Киев

This Soviet rangefinder belonged to my late father. It’s kept in a display cabinet along with other old cameras and being a rangefinder of Contax design I thought it was about time I tried this camera out.

In his final years he had started purchasing a few old cameras, models I think he always wanted but couldn’t afford at the time. He had this Kiev 4 serviced by Newton Ellis in Liverpool about eighteen months before his death and I don’t think he ever got the chance to use this camera. From what I have found out about the Kiev 4 camera, these cameras of various models where made between 1949 to 1987 and the first two digits of the on the serial number are supposed to denote the year of manufacture, so this camera was made in 1975 in the Arsenal factory in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Having never used this type of rangefinder, I downloaded a copy of the manual from Butkus.org I found this camera takes it bit of getting use too. Seems to be all working although I don’t think the selenium cell in the exposure meter is working quite as it should, so was relying on my late Grandfathers newly serviced 1950’s Weston Master III meter for exposure.

I’m down to the last three 35mm films from my fathers film stock, two of which are these Jessop diamond 100 colour print dated 2002. I’m not keen on using expired colour film knowing the colour will deteriorate over time but these two films along with a Fujifilm Sensia 100 he had kept in the freezer, so I thought I’d take a chance with them.

The ‘Contax grip

The camera comes with a Jupiter-8M 50mm lens which has the Contax rangefinder mount and is focused via a finger wheel on the top of the camera. Focusing I found somewhat strange at first but you get use it after a while. I found pictures online of how this camera should held, one finger above the rangefinder window, two below the window and remembering not to get your finger in the way of the rangefinder window, which I manage more than once when I couldn’t see the focusing patch through the viewfinder. Another issue I found was remembering to hold the lens when changing aperture unless the lens is on infinity lock. If you don’t, you’ll move the focusing and have to start again!

I do not wear glasses anymore for photography but the viewfinder on this camera particularly difficult to compose images. There’s no frame lines and the viewfinder is quite small as with all these Soviet era cameras. I found I had press my face against the camera body to see the full frame, think I’ve been spoilt by using a Leica viewfinder!

Here’s some results for my efforts.

All film images taken in Sheerness, England on the Kiev-4, with it’s ЮРИТЕП-8 50mm lens with expired Jessop diamond 100 colour print film. For a 20 year old colour print film it seems to of survived quite well being kept all these years in the freezer and doesn’t appear to have lost much of it’s colour.

Edit: One point I didn’t mention, I noticed this version of the Jupiter 8 lens I feel is sharper and has better contrast than the younger Jupiter 8 lens I have mounted on my Zorki 4K.


Picture taken of the Киев-4 where with the Leica M-P (Typ-240) and the Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM lens.

Rays of the Sun

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica M-P (Typ240) and the Voigtländer Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 II VM lens.

Drylands

Isle of Sheppey, England. Summer 2022.

An image we can all relate to here in the UK and Europe at the present time.

Leica MP, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Quality time

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica MP, Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Highlights

Barton’s Point, England. 2022

Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W red filter on Kodak Tri-X pulled to ISO 100.

Island Stream

Minster, Isle of Sheppey, England. May 2022

Leica MP, Summicron 35mm ASPH, B&W yellow filter on Tri-X @ 100.

Standing silhouettes

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Nikon FE, Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai on Ilford HP5+ with a yellow filter.

Deluge

Sheerness, England. 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Fomapan 100 classic film with a B&W Yellow filter.

Rushenden

Out and about with the F60 again, I visited an area the other afternoon which is actually called ‘Ladies Hole Point’ but I decided not to use that name for this post for obvious reasons. Funny how there is some curious place names around Britain and I find it fascinating how they come about.

Found just west of the village of Rushenden, near Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey. Ladies Hole Point wharf is a disused railway jetty and was used for coal washing at one time and later operated by Queenborough Rolling Mill Company. Sadly the site has long since closed and the two cranes, railway lines have been long since removed.

Rushenden Pier

There is only industrial containers and two mobile cranes on the old railway pier used by a marine engineering company. I believe there was also a glue works and a shipbreaking yard here which the old metal was then moved by rail the Queenborough Rolling Mill.

Keep off!

Now having got film developing off to a fine art now without causing disruption to the wife in the kitchen, plus found I quite enjoyed shooting landscapes with an single lens reflex, this is something I think I will do more often. I will have drag out my old Nikon FE plus the Nikkor prime lenses I have stashed away.

Nikon FE

All images shot with the Nikon F60, with a Tamron AF 28-80mm ASPH lens, yellow filter, on Ilford HP5 plus rated stock speed and developed in stock Ilford ID11 for 7 minutes.