Kiev 30 - Spy the grain

Kiev 30 – Spy the grain


The Kiev 30 is a camera that inspires day dreams of cloak and dagger spy games.  It belongs to the subminiature class of cameras, which are specifically designed to be as small as possible.  In reality, if they were ever used for international espionage they had to be small to stay discreet.  You’re not going to get away with breaking…

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Kiev 30 - Spy Camera film loading

Loading a subminiature spy camera – the Kiev 30


The day has come, you have been recruited by a secret agency and given a mission to capture a photograph of the evil organisation’s plans, preparing to take over the world.  The leader of which is likely to have a fluffy cat.  To expose them and stop them in their tracks, the world is depending on you. But wait, the…

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Kiev 4 – The Non-Clone


The Kiev 4 is a beautiful, silent and graceful camera.  It has a classic rangefinder design which just makes you want to pick it up and start shooting with it.  Paired up with the well regarded Jupiter 8M Contax mount lens, it forms a formidable team. Especially with a very accurate focus, achieved through one of the widest available rangefinder…

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BelOMO Agat 18K – Plastic Fantastic


The BelOMO Agat 18K is a bit of an oddity.  It is a camera that by all intents and purposes sells itself as a toy camera, but has functionality which even some “better” made cameras lack.  When you first pick it up is feels very light and is considered one of, if not, the lightest film cameras that use 35mm…

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Combinations – Zorki 4 and Redscaled Film


Shooting with the Red October theme is one thing, shooting a Soviet Zorki 4 camera with redscale film is a combination that doesn’t get any more red.  This ensures that the tool is red (aka Soviet), but also the result (aesthetically). The thought of this came through a suggestion from a friend on the yearly Red October theme that is…

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Redscale Film – Reverse It!


The apocalypse will eventually come one day and when it is photographed it will be in redscale.  Why wouldn’t it be?  Artists would be aiming at a realistic look, and nothing does that better than urban decay in red. This article is also part of the Red October theme being posted this month, where I am shooting with Soviet cameras…

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