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Repairing and modernization service from ARAX.

This description applies to old cameras with screw mount only: KIEV-88, Salyut-S, Zenit-88, etc.
We do not repair the TTL prisms, because we have no electronics spare parts. All other repair and replacement procedures for any mechanical components and mechanisms are available.
Repair service for Kiev-60 | Kiev-88-CM cameras.

Rebuilding and tuning of the shutter mechanism improves reliability and guarantees much longer life span. Weaker units are being replaced, and better interaction of mechanisms is being set up.
2. Modernization of the braking mechanism allows to work out more accurate shutter speeds and more hard using of the camera. Our tolerances are about 2-5 times less than the factory ones.
3. The installation of a Pentacon Six lens twist-lock mount in replacement of the standard Kiev B mount. That expands the range of lenses and camera adapters, allows you to install lenses with Arax (Pentacon Six, P-Six, Kiev-C, Kiev-60/6C/CM, Practisix) mount.
4. The installation of the Mirror Lock-up system (MLU) operates independently of the shutter release mechanism. MLU function eliminates any vibration caused by the mirror movement. It is not necessary to use this mode constantly - the usual way of shooting is preserved. Before shootting, you can press the additionally installed MLU button and the mirror will rise, or just press the shutter button and everything will work as usual.
5. The replacement of the standard metal shutter with a black cloth focal plane shutter. Or to titanium shutter curtain.
6. Treatment the light absorbent internal coating, prevents any external light or flare, resulting in an excellent image contrast. Light seals replacement.
7. Replacement of a special durable, non-reflective black external finish (the original finish is removed by a precision sand blasting process, and then a special new black finish is applied) make the ARAX-60/645 camera stable and lasting. Externally, cameras become dull black without reflective chrome and silver surfaces. This solves the problem of spurious glare from the shiny parts of the camera itself. That especially noticeable when shooting close-ups and using flash units.
8. Replacement of the focusing screen at the request of the customer. On the lighter, with or without lines, with split image or without it. Almost to any screen, that was produced at the "Arsenal" factory.
9. The fitting of an ergonomic side shutter release button for smoother shutter operation, threaded for a standard cable release.
10. Repairing and adjustment of the film advance mechanism and examination for accurate frame spacing with smooth film advance. Light traps are replaced in order to avoid light leaks.
11. We adjust all removable units to the camera body: finders, film magazines, lenses. The calibration of the camera body and the magazine's working distance is done as well as the relative positions for both the body and magazine to assure interchangeability.
12. The lens is disassemble with the replacement of the old grease with a new one. Then adjusted on professional optical equipment is carried out fitting to the ARAX standard.
13. The final professional camera inspection by Quality Control Engineer for full functionality is performed including a compatibility test with various German CZJ lenses.
All of this hard work yields a new GEM of a camera, with a reliable and accurate shutter mechanism, and silky smooth operation. Add the most reliable lens mount, the most accurate metering, and the brightest viewfinder on the market to the new spectacular look of the camera and you know you are using the BEST KIEV available!

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