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Manufactured in ex-URSS from Circa 1980 until after 1980.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 3830

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Kiev 88

Too bad the nickname of "brick" is already taken by the Argus C3 because it would suit it perfectly.
We can still use the word "Bladsky" because the Swedish inspiration for this camera is evident. (Referring to Hasselblad)
It is a single lens reflex format 6 x 6 cm. The construction is very modular. We find , mounted on the camera body, the removable back (the camera being delivered with two backs) that can be removed during the roll, the viewfinder and of course the lens. Once these three elements removed, the box is very small. It does include the shutter and the cocking mechanism.
Pinions are coming to couple with those of the  back to ensure the advance of the film. It is on the film winding that appears the biggest downside of these devices: the spacing between frames can be very irregular.
Last trap to avoid: As in many Soviet camera, please never change the shutter speed without prior cocking.