Photos: Michael Elliott / 35mmc
In this week’s Film 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 images and features swappable viewfinders, an unpredictable film advance mechanism, a mirror box prone to heavy flare and one of the loudest SLR mirrors known to humankind.
This clunker of an SLR is as unwieldy to handle as it looks; Michael aptly describes it as a ‘Soviet tank of a camera’. But despite his many frustrations, the Kiev 60 TTL is the camera that made him fall in love with medium format photography, and that’s priceless. Moreover, it’s a camera he still enjoys shooting with, even if it wouldn’t be his first choice to lug around for an entire day – it weighs 1.5 kg / 3.3 lb without a lens.
Click the link below for Michael’s full review of the camera, including comically detailed accounts of its ‘quirks’, as well advice for anyone crazy enough to pick one up.
About Film Fridays: We recently launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.
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