Somehow my mind seems to have adopted Contax/Kiev as ' right / real '.
The body is 1937 ex-Contax III and then top plate is a rare, but unrecognised , 1957 Kiev 4 [ without the strengthening ridges on the meter cover to prevent the dints in the thin metal ] - 20 years in one camera ! I love that ! I could have had a much later Kiev 4 meter etc fitted , but quality in the very first Kiev 4 , whereby the engineers were proud of their modernising with limited resources was infinitely better .
I also have a Kiev 3a/4 - 1956 first type body with modernised 1957 Kiev 4 meter etc. There is evidence that some such hybrids were made to use up older bodies , but tho is a rehash .
Next to the Contax IV is a mint boxed UK TOE Kiev 4a of 1979 although I also have a 1981 Kiev 4m with dark blue leather and my silver/tan Contax II from 1935 .
Such continuity and ' sameness ' from 1935 to 1980 , 45 years , must be rare , and just having them around is somehow calming .
Certainly my favourite film camera/s !
Dee's ruptively Gender indee'terminate . Autistic Glitch - cameras help contain and focus an out of phase world . Contax / Kiev surround and ground me in chaos . I may even take a photo or two with my several Digi-boxes . OOPs I stated Female , which was weird . I am actually XY , but my head does not recognise that 'frequency' so forgive me if I don't change it . Love puns - Miss-aligned etc LOL
I have a Kiev IIa, 1958, a 4m, 1982 and a 4am, 1983. Each of them operated very well so long as I didn't trust the meter. Your notes are a reminder to me to dig them out and use them. It has been a long time. Dave
Remember the old press photographer's advice: "f8 and be there."