Yesterday the three beauties above arrived from Poland. They were sourced locally by Dominik Mrzyk (aka the plcamerahunter). He did a great job finding me these and was also very patient when I turned down some of the Kievs he'd found. It was a great experience, and should I mention that it all was rather cheap, too? :D So if you're looking for a FSU camera in Europe you should definitely contact him!
Now on to the gear itself. First the Kiev: Some years ago I had purchased a Kiev 4AM, which was the last model and produced some time in the 80s. At that time the quality control had gotten really bad and I had huge problems with it (esp. with overlapping frames). So I traded it for some film and forgot about it. However, every once in a while people kept mentioning the Kiev rangefinders and I remembered that the finder was actually quite good (yes, it's tiny, but the rangefinder is very accurate and the most contrasty I've ever used). So, when I started looking for a new one (or rather had Dominik search for me) I made sure I got an earlier model. This one is already from 1975, but the quality control supposedly was still quite good at that time. And I think the internet was right. ;) The film advance is much quieter and smoother and the lens doesn't wiggle at all when it's mounted. Now I can only hope that there's no problem with overlapping frames!
Next is the Jupiter-8M. There's not much to be said about the Jupiter-8 other than that it's a great lens (I already own it in LTM mount). The advantage of the 8M over the plain 8 is that it has aperture click-stops! That is the one feature I don't like about the LTM version and I was lucky that the Kiev came with that lens.
And last but not least the Industar 61 L/D: According to some sources this is the best Industar ever made. So I had to get one and as they are rather cheap, why not? It is supposed to be really contrasty and when paired with color film it is said to lead to very saturated colors. The build quality however does leave a lot to be desired, but like the Jupiter-8M it comes with aperture click-stops (unlike most other FSU lenses).
The ultimate test will of course be the images. I have already loaded the Kiev with a roll of black and white film and intend to put a roll of color film into the Canon P next, to see what all the fuss is about.