Soviet Union:1964-1994: Kiev 10:

The Arsenal factory in Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union were first of all known for their medium format cameras. But in 1964 they introduced the Kiev 10 Automat, the first camera to automatically determine the correct aperture based on the values from the selenium meter on the front of the prism house. From then on they produced Kiev PP SLRs until 1994, with the Kiev 19 as their last model. The company continued to make cameras for another 15 years.
 

1964: Kiev 10 Automat:

No camera looked like this Kiev 10 from '64. Selenium meter covering the prism front, shutter release button in front of the camera. The Arsenal factory of Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union, released this camera in 1964, two years before the Konica Autorex (Autoreflex in the US), thus being the first PP SLR to offer authomatic aperture when choosing shutter speed. (The Konica is usually given the credit.) Both cameras had an external metering, Kiev with a selenium meter, Konica with a more modern CdS. The Kiev 10 Automat was certainly not like everybody else with its very uncommon layout for control handles. Size: 159x100x54mm.Weight:833grams. Sn: 6601864.
A Helios 81 50/2 Automat lens. Sn: 766548.
A radical design: No winder on top, shutter release button in front, but operated from the top, shutter speed dial to the left. This was inherited from the Zunow design of 1958, giving a faster fingertip handling, and was taken up by Canon in the late 70's.
The shutter time dial was ergonomically better than most, with easy fingertip control. But placed at the left side, so where is the rewind handle?
Hidden at the base plate: the rewind crank. Also a release button for the film door.
Another fingertip dial, this one for aperture control. When running smooth, this was a good idea for fast handling. The aperture choice could be read in the viewfinder. When set to A, the automatic diaphragm would be set according to light metering and shutter time.
Even the shutter was unusual: A four bladed metal fan. Another special feature: When spinning the rewind crank at the bottom, the movement is transferred to the split rod at the top, spinning the film backwards. Seems like an unnecessary complex construction, but it works!
The back wall with winder arm to the upper right. Sn. 6601864

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I går | 17:16

Hi,
Yes, both came in black, and they are available on eBay at the moment.
Thank you for asking!
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I går | 16:23

Hello - Love this site, very informative - thank you!
One question for you - did the H1 or H1a ever come in black? I don't recall ever seeing any.

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04.08 | 21:09

Hi,
Sorry for my late answer. May be I am wrong, but I can't see that I have described two S2s with 1/1000 shutter time, only the S2 Super.
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25.07 | 23:39

The S2 with the 1000 speed dial is the actual S2 super designed to take the meters your other s2 super is s2 super 2nd model.

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