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Camera Kiev-Vega-2 review and instructions

Today we will return to the topic of miniature folding cameras Kiev. Let's take a closer look at Kiev-Vega-2.

Vega-2 is a development of the design of the Kiev-Vega camera, which has been produced at the Kiev Arsenal since 1959. I have a review of the first Vega.

Vega was produced until 1962. By this time, Vega-2 had been in production for 2 years.

Folding cameras for 16 mm film could hardly be considered the flagship branch.

Let us recall, however, that at about the same years a new high-level Narcissus camera (1961-1965) appeared at the KMZ, which was also designed for 16 mm film.

On Narcissus, I have an interesting article and there I present a hypothesis about the logic of the appearance of this apparatus.

In general, in the early 60s, the use of miniature frames 13x17 14x21 mm was seen by the leadership of the photo industry as promising.

By the mid-60s, interest in such a "crop" cooled down. The Vega line was interrupted in 1964. The daffodil was shut down a year later.

True, already in the mid-70s, the Vega concept found a continuation in a new line - Kiev-30 and its modifications. I also have an overview of Kiev-30. Recommend.

But back to Vega-2.

During the modernization, the device received several very significant improvements:
- High capacity cassette. On Vegu-2, you can take 30 pictures, while on the previous "simple" Vega - only 20.
- The lens is focused. Vega is a prime focus camera.
- A handy exposure calculator has been added to the body. No electronics, all by sight according to the symbols of the weather. But this is also very useful and convenient.



Plus, the design of the end part of the sliding body has been changed. It's more of a cosmetics. The ergonomics have improved, though.

The production volumes of Vega-2 are unknown to me. Feels like they were released significantly less than the first Vega. The device is not rare, but there are noticeably fewer offers than the first model.


Even rarer early devices in this design.


Or export. I have never seen any offers of either one or the other. True, I can't say that I was looking for it a lot.

Today in the review there is a copy of Kiev-Vega-2 in good condition with the number 27738. We will consider it.

Camera Kiev-Vega-2

The Kiev-Vega-2 camera was produced at the Kiev Arsenal in 1961-64. The volume of production is unknown to me.

The device is designed for 16 mm perforated or non-perforated film and forms 10x14 mm frames. The film holds 30 frames.

The film is loaded into a cassette in which there are both supply and receive coils without the possibility of their disconnection.

Rewind is not provided.

The set included a disc for adapting the spiral of a standard photo tank for 16 mm film, as well as an insert frame in the enlarger.


Fixed lens Industar-M 3.5 / 23. It needs to be focused, MDF is 0.5 meters.

For such a crumb, the lens is fast enough - f3.5.

The diaphragm is double-lobed and forms square holes. Aperture limit - f11.

Curtain shutter with horizontal movement of metal shutters. Located in front of the lens.

The shutter has a constant slit, the shutter speed is regulated by changing the shutter speed.

Three shutter speeds are available - 1/30, 1/60 and 1/200.

The device is equipped with a socket for a wired sync contact (there is no bracket). Synchronization is possible at all three shutter speeds.

The weight of my copy without the lens is 190 grams.

Control elements:

Kiev-Vega-2 has the same aluminum main body as the first Vega. The only thing is that the end of the pull-out part has turned black and acquired a more ergonomic shape with notches.

Here I want to make the following reservation. Aluminum is a soft metal. Vega, that the first, that the second were completed with a stupid soft leatherette cover. Very tight and with a metal zipper. This lightning scratches the previous panel of the device.

The same applies to the carabiner on the strap. This carabiner also leaves marks on the case when the device is pushed into the case. As a result, the device, although it was carefully stored, but the appearance is spoiled.

There are two windows in the front. Smaller for the lens, larger for the viewfinder.



The lens window is covered with a light filter, it is removable. The device comes with 3 light filters: neutral (it is usually worn), yellow and red.



I think that the equipment of the device with light filters is another argument in favor of the very serious attitude of the enterprise to the concept of "cropped" frames in the 60s. Still, in these years, filters are no longer a necessity.

On the rear left is the viewfinder peephole. It is not covered with glass. Just a rectangular hole.


All controls are on the right side. These are two toggle wheels. Near - switches apertures, and far - shutter speeds.

When the unit is folded, the shutter release button and focus wheel are hidden inside, under the outer casing of the case.



The top right panel also has a wired sync pin jack. By the way, it is also a pleasant excess for such a miniature device.


Self-resetting frame counter - bottom.

Vega needs to be spread out to take a photo. We take the left and right parts of the body and pull them in different directions.

The left side of the body is a hollow casing. When folded, it is pushed onto the main body of the device. When extended, the right inner part extends slightly less than halfway and locks in this position.

At the moment of extension, the frame is pulled through and the shutter is cocked.

Multiple photographing occurs as a series of folds - expansions, interspersed by pressing the shutter button.
When the shutter is cocked, the apparatus can be folded. But then, when unfolding, there will be a broaching of an unexposed frame.


In the unfolded state with the shutter cocked, a red dot is visible through the lens window. When the shutter is released, it is not.

This is a useful solution because it is impossible to understand or remember in any other way whether the bolt is released. If the shutter is cocked, it is better not to fold the device without an obvious need, so as not to transfer wasted film. But the unfolded device will not fit into the cover.

When unfolded, the square shutter button and focus wheel are accessible from above. In addition, only when unfolded does the view through the viewfinder open.

The release button travel is very short and soft enough.

The focus wheel is shallow and not very ergonomic. Distances marked: 0.5; 1; 2; 5 (red dot) and infinity. Installation of intermediate positions is allowed.

The instructions contain a table with the calculation of the depth of field for all options of apertures and distances.

If you set an aperture of f11 and a distance of 5 m (along the red point), the entire space from 1.6 m to infinity will be sharp.

Yes, the crop is more favorable for shooting on the GFR.


The top panel also houses a circular exposure calculator. It consists of two rotating discs, each with a small leash. There is a large arrow in the center.

Rotating the inner disk, you need to set the sensitivity of the film loaded into the apparatus opposite the central arrow. At the same time, the diaphragm scale will shift.

Next, turning the external disk, you need to select one of the weather symbols:
- bright sun, beach;
- sunny;
- the sun behind the cloud;
- cloudy;
- Mainly cloudy.

The arrowhead is on the disk itself.

At the same time, the shutter speed dial will shift.

As a result, in the front of the calculator - shutter speed and aperture opposite each other - these are exposure pairs.


To charge Vega-2 with a film, you need to press on the small metal tab on the bottom surface and pull the halves of the case to the sides, just like when unfolding. However, in this case, the cover is completely removed and detached.


Further, in the right main part on the upper side, you need to flip the cover and under it there will be a special, double cassette with a film.

Attitude towards the camera.

It is interesting that folding cameras were in great demand in the USSR, although they were inferior in functionality even to most of the scalers.

types were released a little, most likely, but the circulation of Kiev-30 was 1 million copies! They were sold out!
Probably for some people a foldable camera was something like a camera in a cell phone in the 2005s. The picture quality is below average, but always at hand.

However, the majority, I think, bought these clamshells simply because of some kind of spy romance. Just click and show your friends. Let them envy.

I will assume that not so many frames have reached actual printing.

Although it's really nice to turn Vega-2 in your hands!

Source fotoussr.ru
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