By Kevin Kalsbeek
To avoid doing serious damage to the camera, the following precautions MUST be observed.
- NEVER adjust the shutter speed with the shutter uncocked.
- If the camera has a Hartblei MLU-3 mirror lock up device with a chrome bezel with an arrow on it between the shutter speed dial and the body, and also a small lever protruding from the edge of the bezel, NEVER turn the shutter speed setting knob counter-clockwise, as this will seriously damage the the shutter.
- NEVER pull out on the film advance/ shutter cocking knob, or crank while advancing the film/ cocking the shutter, as this will damage the camera mechanism. Form the habit of pressing in on the winding knob or crank while turning it.
- ALWAYS wind the the shutter cocking/ film advance knob or crank fully, by turning it CLOCKWISE until it LOCKS. You should hear a noticeable click when the lock engages.
- NEVER touch, or allow anything to come into contact with the shutter curtains while the film magazine is dismounted from the camera.
- NEVER try to dismount the film magazine without the darkslide inserted.
- NEVER FORCE ANYTHING.
- When using a Kiev 88 (or Kiev 60) with a cloth shutter outdoors in bright sunlight, ALWAYS cock the shutter immediately after making an exposure. This will prevent the lens from focussing the sunlight on the shutter curtain and burning a hole through it.
FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE ABOVE PRECAUTIONS WILL RESULT IN SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE CAMERA.