Introduction: Kiev 6c Medium Format Slit Scan

About: the a b c approach is not for me .all feedback welcome. thanks for looking. if you would like some assistance or are interested in purchasing something don't be a stranger .

slit scan photography ,with bigger film..scans at 100th and 50th of a second.

Step 1: Stuff Required to Construct This Monstrosity

MATERIALS (most of it i had in stock)


  • medium format camera body ebay russia 40usd 27ukp
  • geared motor ebay china 4.60ukp
  • a lens borrowed off my other kiev
  • battery box taken from super8 camera
  • bits of wire warehouse clearance spoils
  • curly wire poundland usb vacume cleaner
  • thin aluminum behind gas fire in house renovation
  • lever micro switch cpc
  • craft foam hobby craft £5 or £10 for 25/30 a4 sheets
  • epoxy resin 90min uhuplus ebay uk £9
  • epoxy resin 5mins maplin £6
  • bondo/car body filler car repair shop depends how much you buy
  • spray paint come on you know how to get spray paint
  • sand paper
  • finishing paper
  • toggle switch
  • resistors
  • camera leather that i didnt use as one sheet would not have covered all the panels.


  • small screwdrivers and pliers
  • tin snips
  • dremel style multi tool with reinforced fiber cutting disks. I GOT 100 FROM CHINA EBAY FOR £10. IM NOT PAYING£5 FOR TWO.
  • soldering stuff
  • scissors
  • cir-clip pliers
  • spatula
  • good scalpel
  • solvent for glue removal

Health and safety equipment, erm optional .if you like or need that sort of thing. just set up ambulance as a speed dial. iv grown accustomed to noxious chemical fumes, flying bits of metal ,sharp edges and trip hazards everywhere. im currently re growing my little finger nail after loosing half of it.

Step 2: Gettting the Top Off

there's a few screws about the top cover, easy enough , but first you got to remove the knobs and dials.

the film speed indicator on top of the winder is quite deceptive on how its removed.other than that its all fairly easy..

Step 3: Removing the Compressional Fittererings

the film length 120/240 dial and shutter speed selector both have compression fitting in the top of the case. trying not to bend the case , grab em with pliers and twist till loose . twist some more and they will fall out.

i also took of the name plate for a brutalist look, brass rivets held it on. pried off with screwdriver

Step 4: This Is Where It All Becomes a Red Fog

after id removed most of the speed selector section i realised all the mechanics come out in one piece .like a early zenit.would have made access easier .

as taking to bits keep running it. if something you need to work stops try and reverse your last step.

what to keep

  • wind lever puts mirror down
  • shutter button puts mirror up
  • (for now)wind lever turns film spool

what to loose

  • speed selector mech
  • bar that cocks the shutter, goes across back of camera.spring clip washer holds it on.
  • shutter curtain and rollers.screws at bottom of mech attach plates that can go making rollers mostly fall off.

Step 5: Check Your Bits Box.

if youve got a cog that fits your motor and fits the teeth of the winding mechanism. there are a couple there but i used a bigger one out of a i think a fed camera.

if you feel you can motorize the winder then you will have to isolate the lever from the winding gear..

lever operated slit scan are more reliable , easier to make, and you have a lot more control over the speed.

motorised ones make longer pictures but tend to break often.and get through loads of film.

this is where the camera can get rather stubborn and frustrating.

Step 6: Get Ready to Fit the Motor

you gotta be stupidly accurate here. in hindsight i should have put a single layer of sticky pad around the motor to give it just enough play and springiness. but i didnt think of that at the time... this is the toughest stage

Step 7: Adding a Microswitch to the Shutter.

screw it to a bit of plastic glue it on and tweak it to work nice.

Step 8: Was Going to Use a Pot But All Mine Have Too High Values.

to get a choice of speeds i wanted an option of slowing down the motor.

Step 9: Other Prep Bits Befor Fitting Motor

time to shorten any long bit of wire that will get in the way. and start putting it back together. i also took out the spring washer that keep the film taught ,it creates friction in resistance to the film advancing. i need the film to advance as easily as possible.

Step 10: The Tidyest Batter Solution I Think Iv Ever Done

battery compartment from a super8 camera , the back needed sanding flat,it also provided a key for the glue.

Step 11: Attaching Battery Compartment,

i found a cool coil wire to use for the power, as the battery compartment is on film compartment door, it needs to move .

Step 12: Any Unessassary Holes Need to Be Filled.

a nice shiny coat of black paint makes it look friendly. after filler and sanding

Step 13: A Film Canister

hides all the gluey mess that keeps the motor on. filler flattened off the end.

Step 14: Craft Foam Acts As a Pressure Plate,

this should keep the line crisp and avoid any reflections or flair.

Step 15: Now to Work Out the Approximate Shutter Speed.

Step 16: Before and After

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