Kiev 88 - film unloading

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Kate Mocak, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. Kate Mocak

    Kate Mocak Member

    Sep 27, 2003
    I've just bought a Kiev 88 (manufactured in 1986). I have no previous experience with any medium format cameras, this is my first. I'd like to ask you for some advice:

    1. what is your experience with this camera?

    2. it took me quite a while to figure out how to load the film (still not sure if correctly) but now I'm stuck with the task to unload it. Do I need to do it in total darkness? Do I have to rewind the film or can I just take it out with the spool on which it is winded? (User manual which I found on the web is not very specific/understandable about unloading.)

    3. is there anything different in the development of medium format negative (6x6 cm) in comparison to the 35 mm film?

  2. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Sep 7, 2002
    Honolulu, Ha
    Large Format
    Loading and unloading can be done in subdued light (i.e., avoid direct sunlight, studio flash, etc.).

    For most medium format cameras with an automatic counter there are two dots or arrows inside the back or on the film insert that indicate where the film should start. Normally there will be an empty spool on the feed side. Transfer that spool to the takeup side and insert the film on the feed side such that it will unroll with the inside of the paper (and eventually the film) facing the lens. Feed the tab into the takeup spool, and advance the film until the two big arrows on the paper backing of the film line up with those two dots or arrows and then you can close the back and advance the film to frame 1 using the counter.

    When you've taken your twelfth exposure, just wind the film all the way to the end until the crank turns freely, remove the film. Fold the flap at the end of the roll and moisten and wrap the paster tab around the roll.
  3. Robert

    Robert Member

    Sep 10, 2002
    I have a 60 not the 88. The 88 does have a rep of being a little quirky. The older ones seem better then the newer ones. What shape is it in? I'm assuming it's a stock model and not one that's been upgraded? Have you downloaded a manual for the camera?

    You'll likely need more chemicals in the tank.