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Just received my ARAX-CM/MLU-starter kit and was blown away by the quality and craftsmanship.
Arax produces a camera that is hard to find these days at such a great price point.
All mechanisms snap to life as if for the first time, a feature lacking in the 3 Pentacon 6's i've gone through in the last 5 years.
The piece of mind given from having a team of skilled individuals able to service the camera if anything were to happen is a rare thing today.
the glory of Ukrainian camera manufacturing lives on with Gevorg and the team at Arax!
long live a United Ukraine!
Thanks a lot Gevorg, just received the two NT-backs (one repaired) in perfect condition. Thanks a lot for your effort and the fast turnaround!! Best wishes to you and your country!
received the package with the caps yesterday, just wanted to let you know as you wished. Everything's perfect, so thanks a lot for the good buy. All the best - to you, your country and your people!
I have had an ARAX 645 MLU/SE for a couple of years which is great. I broke my prism finder and I recently ordered a new one to replace it. Gevorg supplied a new one covered in the same leather to complete my setup very rapidly. Thanks very much and I hope peace returns to Ukraine quickly.
The TILT adapter for use Kiev lenses on Nikon F arrived last week. Already tested! With the ARSAT C 80mm 2.8 and on D800E...just superb!!!!! Thank you for this pleasant transaction! I regret the present situation in Ukraine! I wish a quick and peaceful resolution for your country.
The camera arrived safely with me. Thank you. It all works as expected. Arax offers very great service.
I am sad to see all the unrest in Ukraine right now and wish for a fast and peaceful resolution for your home country. I bought an Arax Kiev 88cm from you four years ago and it has been the best camera I have ever had. I use it all the time and it has worked perfectly! Thank you for the fantastic work you do.
The adapter arrived yesterday, faster than expected. Works perfectly! Thanks again for selling these speciality items. I left positive feedback on eBay and recommended you to a friend that is also into medium format cameras.
The adapters arrived today without any problems. I tried out them immediately - Great Stuff :-) Many thanks.
Many thanks for sending the Arax P6 tilt adapter which came in today. I am looking forward to test it on the camera.
Absolutely great service and fast delivery! Will recommend your products and service to colleagues.
I received the order in perfect conditions and customs smoothly. I am impressed by the first tests.
Your upgraded camera is very impressive. I received it without problem. Thank you very much!
The parcel arrived safely (excellent packing !). It is much better than my old Kiev-88CM. Thank you very much for the prompt service and excellent communication. I love films!
I am the owner of a PCS ARSAT H 2,8/35 lens for sometime now. I was a TV cameraman since 1981, and now as an architect in a TV broadcaster since 1994 with a heavy load of photo work, with my 32 years of field practice in both fields I am in a good position to evaluate any kind of cameras and lenses (both TV or photo). I think very highly of the PCS ARSAT H 2,8/35 lens both in the technical level and in practical photography. It is an invaluable tool for my practice, and I highly recommend it to anyone with the need to make good architectural or simply "perspective-controlled" photography, bot professionally or not. I understand that this not a "new" lens, but I use it quite often with very good results and thought of passing my opinion to others.
I bought my Arax 88CM with two 6x6 backs more than six years ago. A few years later I bought a further 6x4.5 back from Gevorg. I have never had any problems with them at all and they perform brilliantly. The Arax gear gives you by far the biggest bang for the buck. Thanks Gevorg, I love this camera and will be in touch with you soon to buy a few more backs, my friend.
I received ARAX 2.8/80mm Tilt & Shift for Canon yesterday. After one evening free hand photo session I found the lens interesting. It is many ways tricky - especially ghosting seems to be an issue - but T & S -capabilities are
definitely promising. I think that I can also use that lens for creative portraits. Thank you for excellent delivery of this challenging lens. I am sure there will be plenty of use for my new Arax.
Thanks for the 35mm Canon Tilt/Shift. I have to say the build quailty is second to none. Works Extremely well and performs flawlessly. I am glad I made the purchase from you!!
I received the new cube quickly ARAX CM / MLU, I had modified by you that I wanted to replace and yes it's been four times that I appeal to you Kiev 88 I always take pleasure in taking pictures with these playthings (despite a Hasselblad in my possession) here is still thank you for your professionalism and the bright silver.
Exertion, I thing this is the right word., when you thinking where to invest your money. I also went through this. After a long research finely I decided to purchase Arax 60. And I should say, at this moment I'm happy with my decision! I received the camera one week after payment. The communication with Gevorg were excellent. I've got all answers to my questions.
I already took the "beast" out for a "test drive" and she did not disappoint me. Follow the link and argued:
Today I received ARAX CM/MLU, and everything is ok. Camera looks great, it is well made, and i am very happy that I finally bought it. After lot of thinking I made decision and choose this camera because I think it is best buy considering price/quality, and outstanding quality of photographs on medium format (especially portraits).
I purchased 80mm tilt-shift to make myself understand these lenses. Now I can't live without it, I'm probably going to take 35mm too. 80mm is gorgeous, sturdy- Spartan and very sharp lens. I think it's impossible to take bad marginal photo or video with it, images or videos have that super fine and unreal blurry drive into super sharp focus area, colors are amazing! I hate tilt-shift screw plastic on this lens and I think overall aesthetic rate is dropping significantly when about that cheap- black plastic part of the screw. Change that please. Thanks for this stunning introduction into tilt-shift dimension.
When I show my new "steel toys"to my friends they joke me spent over 600 dollars to buy a film camera,but I think the pay is worth.
Certainly,ARAX cm is the best version of kiev 88 series mid-format camera that I have seen.The appearance achieve world-class level and it can take beautiful photos.I test it by take one roll of B/W film,the result shows the camera performs well.The most important is ARAX is much cheaper than HASSY but they are very similar in many place.It's best alternatives of hassy for film photography enthusiasts.
I received my Tilt Adapter Hasselblad- Pentax-K through the post yesterday (30/10 2012). It works perfect! Thank you!
The package you sent arrived safely. I examine all the parts and everything is perfect. I am very happy.
I receive successfully my Arax camera. Thank you for fast shipping. The camera looks very, very nice! Can't wait to use it and make good photographs I hope.
I am extremely happy with the Arax CM/MLU kit I purchased off Gevorg. It is a masterpiece of old-world workmanship, built like a tank and everything moves smoothly and crisply. The standard 80mm lens is beautifully sharp and the view through the prism viewfinder is so large enough to make you want to go for a run around inside. Dealing with Arax personally through Gevorg made the purchase all the more worthwhile and I really appreciated the extra effor he went to to make my purchase special. I have just bought a CZ Flektogon 50/4 T* to add a wider dimension to what I can do with this beautiful camera.
The 80mm tilt and shift lens which I purchased from Arax is definitely an item which I would recommend to all my friends. I am extremely happy by the way Arax kept in touch with me and provided all kinds of support and help which I required. Thank you Arax once again.
I received my Arax CM/MLU through the post yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the workmanship; I read through the manuals and checked out the videos posted on Youtube and everything functions as expected. I ran a test roll through the camera today and the negatives look crisp and sharp - I can't wait to take it out into the field. Compliments to Gevorg and his team for the excellent service!
I have been using ARAX a few times already - first for bits and pieces for my Kiev-60 repairs and now with Arax-60 MLU. I can say nothing but praises for the excellent service and quality of the workmanship. The camera is simply superb - I have already tested it (including the focus and shutter accuracy) and every function is spot on. I also like all-black finish a lot more than my other Kiev-60s.
Thank you very much for this beautiful camera your firm made. It's as beautiful as I immagined it would be. The metal shutter and transport system are very quite and smooth like butter, the shutter speeds are changed without
any effort and precise like a Leica. The breech lock is very polished and shines making very positive lens changings. The extra bonuses were a real surprise and made me happy ! Thank you very much for all this effort in craftsmanship.
The camera arrives today in perfect shape. I tested it and
all runs perfect. Nice to meet you and your company and very happy with
your work. Greetings for a perfect work.
The camera came on Friday, everything was in good condition, well packed. I spent last weekend reading the manuals and watching the Youtube instructive videos, because I have experience only with Pentacon six and this camera is
much more complex. I hope, I have understand all the functions (especially Always and Never). On Sunday I tried to take first pictures, the film and the photos are now developed and it is evident, that the camera works perfectly.
Yesterday I received shipment of the ARAX body you sent me. Today I shot a roll through it and as expected everything works perfectly.I am very pleased, happy and thankfull for your kind, proffessional, friendly service.
I bought my Arax CM/MLU from Kiev's Araxfoto company and never regretted it. What a beautiful camera and everything works like a swiss clock. Gevorg - thank you so much.
I received the adapter on December 31 in perfect condition.
Thanks for the very fast shipment: now I can use the excellent lenses also on my Canon.
Once again: thanks for the service!
I have been a photographer for over 40 years and I have used many different types of camera. I can honestly say that the Arax CM/MLU is an excellent camera and a delight to use. (It is now my main studio camera.)
It is simple to use and functions very smoothly. The 80mm f2.8 lens is wonderful and the metered prism is totally accurate.
If you are thinking about buying a medium format camera THIS is the one to get!
After I unpacked the parcel I was extremely happy and I would like to thank you for the great job you did! My next repair/CLA will defiantly be managed through your company again!
I received the camera yesterday. It is very much satisfied with goods. It is a very exciting and primitive camera. Thank you for the great camera.
I have received my Arax-60 in good shape. Had to pay tax on it but fortunately because you put in a repair bill it was only 10euro. I have shot a few rolls with it already and everything looks they way it should be. Thanx!!
Many thanks for the beautiful camera. Everything works perfectly. The leatherworks and black paint is sublime. I never saw such a quality paint on a camera. The instructions on DVD and the nice bag are a bonus. It was a joy in dealing with the ARAX company.
I've got my « Spot TTL metered prism finder for KIEV-88 » FIVE working days after shipping !... TOP ! Not tested yet but seems to be great ! It will explode my use of Arax 88 CM ! Arax is really a good place to buy, 'hope it will go on for long !... Thank you.
I finally got my 35mm t/s lens! I am very happy with its quality and build. The image quality is awesome. The packaging was carefully done. Mr. Gevorg was very patient to answer all my queries. Thank you so much for the great lens!
I bought an ARAX CM/MLU SE a while ago and now I've processed my first film from the camera and the results are excellent. The NT film backs are easy to load and there were no light leaks whatsoever. The lens is great and the camera is beautiful. I prefer the folding waist level finder over the prism because I think it's crisper and makes it easier to focus. Although it is easy enough to focus with the prism finder. The packaging and shipping leaves nothing to be desired. All in all a great camera with alot of character, and good value for the money. I love it! I also purchased a tilt-adapter for P6 to M42 which I mostly use on my digital camera (with the arax 2.8/80) lens and I have no complaints about that one either.
Today I recieved the extra filmback for my Arax camera. As always fast shipping. It fits well and I will be going to use it a lot in the next future!
I enjoy my Arax camera very much!
The Arax tilt adapter is super value for money. The mechanics is fine and coupling it with the Biometar lens I bought for this purpose was without any problems. I have the adapter mounted on my Nikon D5000 and a Biometar lens attached. In hindsight, I would definitely buy the Arax adapter again, but look around for other medium format lenses with the same mount but different bokeh, e.g. the Kaleinar. Arax service was also fine.
In 1991 I bought my first Kiev 60. Exactly 20 years after that I bought my first Arax 60 MLU. It was the fourth body I used, the only trouble free and definitely the best. I tested all my Kiev lenses and the results were astonishing. The MLU function produced crispy and crystal clear results especially with the large telephotos.
The camera arrived extremely fast in five days from Kiev and the communication with Arax was fast, accurate and friendly.
It was really one of the best buys I ever made and I definitely recommend Arax.
I recieved my Arax 88 within 2 weeks after shipping. Mr. Gevorg resplies all the emails quickly. Great purchasing experience and nice quality.
I bought a very nice Arax CM MLU kit with several lenses and camera backs seven years ago.With this kit I entered the world of medium format. I still work with that kit and am very satisfied.Since then I bought several accesories ,lens, filters from Mr Gevorg and I have a very good experience communicating with Him.Everything flowable sincere and fast.Belive him 100%
Received my Arax camera after just 5 days even though we had a few holidays in our country, which was quite an impressing feat. Since then, have used up a few rolls of film with it and have been quite impressed with the results so far. Overall I'm more than satisfied with everything from ordering to the actual developed negatives and if I had to find a fault, it would be that the bayonet mount lock was screwed a bit more tightly than I'm used to. Pleasure doing business with you!
I received the parcel and my Arax camera (CM - TTL) on Saturday morning just after eight days after shipping ! All items were well packaged. Communication with Gev0rg has been good all along the process. The quality of the camera is ideal and I'm sure that I ll take nice pictures soon. It was a real pleasure doing business wit you!
Two cameras which I ordered arrived safely last night. I was surprised too early Arrival. I have you give various service, and thank you. Cameras are in a very good State. The camera of ARAX possesses very high reliability and becomes my main camera. (I have disposed of three pentacon six.) I intend to purchase a camera made in ARAX in the near future. I enjoy photography with a camera of ARAX. Thank you very much.
I received my ARAX camera very fast in perfectly packaged, safe parcel. And with some surprises inside. The quality of the camera is ideal. I'm sure that I will take a lot of nice pictures soon. Thank you very much!
I've just received the camera and everything is in order. Communication with Gev0rg has been great all along the process. Shipping was fast and without any problems, well packaged. Thanks a lot!
Oh, he also dropped a couple of chocolates within the body mount cap and the rear lens cap for a nice surprise :)
I would like to thank you for the fine camera, ARAX 60-MLU/SE you send me a couple of weeks ago. Last Sunday, for the first time, the weather was perfect in Belgium for
taking some nice "Indian summer"-pictures. So I went out for the first time with the camera. The camera works perfect, and the built in meter is spot on for color negatives. (I checked it with my Gossen Starlite). 20 years ago, in my past job, I worked regularly with different Hasselblads. I can assure you that the ARAX 60 is as good as every Hasselblad and I'm not missing the changeable backs (if I need them in the future, I will order a second body (will cost me not more than a Hasselblad back).
I recently got my first ARAX, a 60 MLU. It's great. The ARSAT 80mm lens is really good and I've already shot some very nice images with it. I can thoroughly recommend it and the service from ARAX. A special word of thanks to Gev0rg who could not have been more helpful.
This is my second ARAX camera (A.-60 and A.-88): Excellent products (including lenses and accessories) and first-class (super-fast, absolutely reliable) service! For middle-format (analogue) photography the ARAX cameras, lenses etc. and the ARAX Company team are highly recommended! ARAX - for ever!
I received yesterday my TTL spot prism view finder for Hasselblad 500C/M, in perfect condition... A point of advise if I may, when you expect an e-mail from Arax MAKE SURE THAT you CHECK YOUR "SPAM " FOLDER. Your mail might be there in the spam folder as it did for me. I made an ass of myself by starting a complaint because of mail that I did not recveived in the proper folder. (Not his fault but mine) Mr Vartanian is extremely courteous and helpful and will resolve any problem.
I'm so happy! I received my Arax this saturday on the morning, and developped my first black and white film. No problem. Not any problem... Good picture, very good.
Thank you everybody at Arax Photo. We can trust you.
After consulting Mr. Vartąnyan, I returned my 35mm Arax S&T lens for conversion from 42mm thread to Canon mount. The service was again very professional and quick.
The lens was thoroughly packed: I received it in perfect shape. Thanks again to all at Arax for the excellent service!
Dear Mr. Vartanjan, the camera equipment arrived today and I very pleased with it, thank you. in the next days I will tak fotos, but I beleave that they will the same as good as with the other camera. the parcel cams in very well condition.
This message is just to thank you for the work you made with my Mir-3. I developed the first rolls with it and I got superb results, better than most Carl Zeiss Jena lenses I have got. Here is an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiolanotte/4514891467/
Gev0rg is a true gentleman and businessman. From sending my money to receiving my Arax the whole process took a painless 2 weeks. The camera feels well built, performs impressively and produces beautiful images, the transport mechanism and shutter are both smooth and reliable, and the focusing screen is bright and crisp. I'm very pleased with my order and won't hesitate to order from Araxfoto again should I need additional gear!
I was surprised to arrive unexpectedly and early.
"ARAX CM MLU" is wonderful. It satisfies it.
I received the parcel yesterday afternoon (vey fast indeed, compared to the other way :-). I checked that the body was working all right at all speeds now. Today, I put a film into the 645 back, went out to shoot and observed that now, the film transports very smoothly. Thank you very much for this succesful repair.
The ARAX 60 SE is a great camera that really works as I expected. In less than a month it was in my hands with all the special requests I've made. The people at ARAX FOTO are very helpful and fast. One of the best buys I've ever made.
I have to say, that camera works quite well. My first impression was its a little bulky, a few places paint was peeled, that is the bad part of it, this camera made in 2003 so it is a little battered. Camera functions are really good, I will recommend this machine to my friends. Thanks for all, I really love it!
Maany thanks for the arax starter kit,arrived only 8 days after ordering,very impressed with the looks and functioning,cant wait to expose some film!
Thanks Gev0rg! My New 88CM MlU with 2 film backs arrived today in perfect condition. Very fast shipping. I'm very pleased with the build quality of the camera. All loaded with film and ready to go shoot. I used to have a new Hasselblad 501CM but could not justify the cost of extra lenses. Now for what I sold the hasselblad for a I have a new ARAX 88 CM MLU, A Carl Zeiss Jena MC 50mm f4.5, Carl Zeis Jena MC 180mm f2.8, and a Carl Zeiss jena MC 80mm f.8 lens a Kiev TTL Spot meter and an extra 6x6 back. And still have a few extra dollars in my pocket. Thanks again Gev0rg!
Le comunico que hoy di'a 11 a las 12:00 horas he recibido el paquete con la camara y accesorios en perfecto estado.
Ahora solo falta probar la ca'mara con peli'cula. La he comprobado en vacio, es decir sin pelicula y el disparo es muy suave. Felicidades por su trabajo de mejora, es fabuloso.
Le informare' de el resultado de mis fotos una vez haya revelado el primer carrete. Gracias por su esmerado y atento servicio.
Today I have to recieve my new ARAX, yes!!! I'm very satisfied with shiping and with camera indeed. Hardly waiting to make first shooting outdoore.
One more time, it is more then I had been expected. Thanks again for your profesional servis and kidness.
The camera arrived yesterday after just eight days! I'm very pleased with it and have already taken some pictures. The new TTL-switch is very cleverly placed and a
joy to use. Thank you for your great service and keep up the good work! I would recommend your company and buy again from you any time.
As always, advise was professional, parcel arrived one week after order...
Thank you for fast repair service and even faster delivery.
Thank you for the repair work you carried out on our KIEV 88CM. The service was brilliant and shipping extremely fast. To be honest, we knew it would be!! Arax has built up a fantastic reputation over the years, and we now can see why! We shall be switching from Ebay sellers to Arax from now on to purchase all our Kiev cameras, lenses and accessories. Thank you so much.
I'm just writing to thank you very much for my beautiful camera. The build quality is impressive!! It arrive yesterday in Melbourne, and so far I am extremely happy with my purchase.
The parcel arrived this monday, five days after you ship them. The cameras and the other items are beautiful and both me and my son Julian are looking forward to shot our first rolls this weekend. It is clear you take your work seriously. Have a good day and congratulate to your team.
I would like to send you this letter of thanks.
During the last two weeks before your summer vacations you did more than
usual for my matter !!
Especially in advising concerning my intentions and in ACCELERATION of
You have done this very,very well.Therefore my thanks.
The parcel arrived very soon ,without any problem and the camera and all
other parts were in MINT condition !!
All parts were wll matched and work very smooth really LIKE A SWISS WATCH.
Last but not least let me thank for your CD part Z-BONUS.since I have
the music I like it and hear it very often,also during work with Photoshop.
This is a fine compensation while doing such work.
I would like to thank you for your great camera. I have now been shooting for about ten rolls of film with it. Mainly hp5 black and white, but also kodak 400vc colour film. Sharp and contrasty pictures and very precise shutter operation. Every shot was correctly exposed as metered. There seems not to be any light leaks or reflections inside the body, unlike in my standard kiev 60. I have photographed equally using both film backs and both of them operates flawlessy. I have strong believe that this camera will be one of my personal favourites in addition to my EOS1 digital and film cameras creating mostly portrait photos of people in their own surroundings. Perfect satisfaction!!
I let an Kiev 88 B.I.G. Six whith P-6 Connection, repair. Also the magazine I let repair. It was a god work and I am very satisfied. Shipping dures only 5 day back to germany !!! Thank you, Gev0rg with team !!!
I got your package today with the repaired KIEV 88 and lens - thanks a lot! everything looks perfect & clean and works really smooth, i'm
completely satisfied. Thanks again a lot for your advice and nice contact, i will definitely recommend you to my friends (as soon is i'm gonna meet somebody who owns a
KIEV as well.
Today I received the 250mm. Arsat lens with the two filters, the tilt/shift
adapter and the retro ring. AGAIN A SUPERB LENS!!! The shift adapter for Canon allows me now to use this
lens (and other P-Six lenses) also on a digital canon EOS camera. Thanks a lot!
The package containing the p6 to contax 645 lens adapter arrived today 4th
February. I am very impressed with your service and would certainly do
business with you again and will recommend you to friends and colleagues.
Thank you very much.
I received the camera kit within two weeks of ordering. Each film
magazine was tested with a roll of Kodak T-Max 400 film. The Arax
CM-MLU performs flawlessly. It was very obvious that the camera has
been put together with great care (and pride). The pictures were great
- no light leaks at all; and the Vega-12B f2.8/90 was wonderful. I am
extremely happy with this unit and looking forward to future transactions!
Tilt adapter safely arrived and I am glad to say that it performs amazingly! Results are absolutely wonderful (with Flektogon 50/4 and Canon full frame DSLR).
I just recieved the Arax camera case and strap in good order .
Thanks for the quick delivery and the nice ukranian spoon!
In the past I have purchased several items from this Dealer I can vouch for a fast reliable service thank you
Bonjour, j'ai bien recue la bague pour Nikon.
Merci pour ce delai rapide! Cordialement.
Thanks for the lens, I received it just now. Absolutly love it!
It was a pleasure doing business with you.
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