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 with a fingertip control. This was inherited from the Zunow design of 1958, giving a faster handling, and was taken up by Canon in the late 70's.
The shutter time dial was ergonomically better than most, with easy fingertip (thumb) 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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24.10 | 20:11

Looks like the latest modification of the IIb, a IIa house with blinded hole. Some of the latest even had 42mm mount. I will mention those in my text.Thanks!

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24.10 | 17:36

halo,
My Asahiflex no. 77171 lla has Unfilled arrows, llb shutter dial w/ NO red X, lla w/ no slow speeds, just a patch. Came with a 58mm /2.4 takumar.

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10.10 | 12:57

The S1 was sold from 1961 till 1963. Sn. between 30xxx, and 50xxx. Pentax never released a sn. list. So probably a 1962 mod. Total of 46500, so not very rare.

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10.10 | 11:16

Hi Bosse
Trying again 😊
when is it produced
how rare is it

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