Most of what is the Kiev Camera came from Germany
after World War II and the spliting into what was called sectors of
the Occupied Germany.
The Contax was produced in several parts of Germany,
so the Russians started making Contax II cameras in their sector. But
soon this would be taken to Kiev and a "new" camera was born!
About three models made up the Kiev range finder. These
models would only be proto-types before its release to the public in
Kiev Model 1947 a pure Contax II with all German
parts, but face plate engraved Kiev in Cyrillc not Contax and not sold
Kiev Model 1948 similar to the 1947 and some
engraved A10 and some A20.
Kiev Model 1949 is the first Kiev and should
have been called the Kiev 1. First to be sold to public. All were produced
in very small numbers and are more than likely with collectors or lost
to the world.