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Movie Fridays: Loving and hating the Kiev 60 TTL

Pictures: Michael Elliott / 35mmc

On this week’s Movie Friday, photographer Michael Elliot describes his love/hate relationship with the mechanically quirky Kiev 60 TTL, a Soviet-era medium format evolution/knockoff of the East German Pentacon Six. Manufactured in Ukraine from 1984 to 1999, it shoots 6x6cm photographs and options swappable viewfinders, an unpredictable movie advance mechanism, a mirror field vulnerable to heavy flare and one of many loudest SLR mirrors identified to humankind.

This clunker of an SLR is as unwieldy to deal with because it seems; Michael aptly describes it as a ‘Soviet tank of a digicam’. However regardless of his many frustrations, the Kiev 60 TTL is the digicam that made him fall in love with medium format images, and that is priceless. Furthermore, it is a digicam he nonetheless enjoys capturing with, even when it would not be his first option to lug round for a complete day – it weighs 1.5 kg / 3.3 lb with out a lens.

Click on the hyperlink under for Michael’s full evaluate of the digicam, together with comically detailed accounts of its ‘quirks’, as properly recommendation for anybody loopy sufficient to select one up.

Learn – 35mmc: Kiev 60 TTL medium format SLR evaluate

About Movie Fridays: We lately launched an analog discussion board and in a seamless effort to advertise the enjoyable of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content material on Fridays, together with articles from our associates at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.

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