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I wanted to say thank you for your very professional service. You recently did a recoating job on the front element of my 1954 Summicron. I was amazed when I opened your package, the lens looked brand new. Last Friday, I got the entire lens back from the repair shop here in Los Angeles that did the CLA for me. The negatives from test rolls I shot are just what I was hoping for. Sharp with no flare.
Thank you for your good work.
Thank you, I was very pleased to received my goods this morning, 5th
April 2006. I was very fortunate to have found your excellent web
site as I had been looking for a suitable viewfinder for my camera
(Hasselblad swc) and even Hasselblad could not supply one for at
least four weeks. It works perfectly for my requirements and at a
very reasonable price too.
I am very impressed by your efficient and friendly service, and wish
you continuing success in the future.
Once more I have to thank you. You did excellent repair and now my old and useless Kiev 60 takes
worth-seeing pictures. I won't stop saying and wrighting about you.
The parcel arrived today. You are a genius! The front element for my
35OPF7-1 is perfect! Very well done indeed--thank you very much.
The 500mm lens works well on my Konvas. It's very sharp and very powerful.
I'm going to get a good deal of use from it, so thanks as well for that.
You provide a magnificent service; I have strongly recommended you, and will
continue to do so.
The lens arrived today. It has only been one week since you mailed it. It came much quicker than I thought and it looks brand new. Terrific work. I am anxious to try it out.
Today I received the Arax 60MLU body that you sent me. It was very
well packed and I`m surprised how fast it came. I already changed the
focusing screen for my AcuteMatte D (I put another scratch on it :-( -
no proper tools ) and it`s working perfectly. When I compare the feel
of winding the film or fixing the lens on mount to the Kiev 60 that I
have a problem with, it`s very different. Everything is working
smoothly and I`m looking forward to wind my Provia 100F and shoot some
lovely shots. Thank you very much, it was a pleasure to deal with you.
Will deal again.
Thank you for your prompt attention and service. Once again it was a
pleasure to do business with you. It is nice to see such a high level of
service and support for the Kiev medium format line of cameras and lenses.
Users of the so-called "major" brands do not enjoy as great a commitment as
Kiev 60 / 645 arrived Feb 21 ... perfect condition ......
Camera seems to operate properly ....... clean, nice quality work inside ..........!
Please say " Thank You" the person who did the packing .... ( maybe the lady who does shipping ? .... )
The Packing was excellent, ....... clearly done very carefully ....
Thank you again for communications.
I just picked up the parcel from the postal office. It's all right and i'm quite impressed. Parcel was very well packed indeed and the whole kit looks and feels right. You have done an outstanding work and i'm determined to recommend you to all my friends and draw attention onto your fine products whenever i can. I'll spread the news about you. The repair invoice paid off at customs.
Congs!!! The new ARAX 60 mlu is perfect.You are doing your best there and keep on doing so. Medium format cameras must
stay alive as film too. We all amateurs have to support it.
I received the camera a few days ago. Everything seems to work great and I'm very pleased with the product. Thank you very much for the camera and the good communication. I'll most certainly be doing business with you again when I'm in the market for more medium format camera supplies. Thanks again.
250 m/m and 180 m/m lenses arrived in perfect condition. Excellent Packing, Perfect.
Both lenses were obviously very carefully treated during CLA work. They are both in perfect condition. Both operate very
smoothly. and fit all my cameras perfectly. That's really great.
I would like you to please also thank those specific technicians who worked on those two lenses. Their CLA work is
outstanding and perfect, I want them to know that I truly appreciate the high skill level that went into those lenses.
I am extremely pleased by the quality level and care that went into their CLA work. If posssible, I would like you to
let the technician or technicians that have done this particular work know that there are people over here that
recognize fine craftsmenship and appreciate quality CLA work as well as beautiful working Kiev 60 cameras. Anywhere I
go people often ask me where I found such beautiful cameras and lenses... Thank you again Gev0rg for following closely the the CLA work on my lenses.
Perfect. Correcte afhandeling en levering een schitterende lens ARAX 2.8/35mm Tilt & Shift lens. Thanks
Très bon service, rapide et sérieux, une adresse à connaître de tous les
possesseurs de KIEV, il avait des problèmes d'obturateur, d'espacements de
vues, prises de lumière sur plusieurs dos, ARAX à fait juste un CLA du
boîtier, dès le premier tour du bouton d'armement j'ai tout de suite
remarqué la différence, douceur de fonctionnement de précision de
l'obturateur c'est nickel !, c'est simple le bonheur !!!
I would like to say how pleased I am with the cloth shutters you fitted to my Zenith 80. I have just tested it with
Ektachrome E200 and all the old problems of reflections have gone. Pictures are much clearer and contrasty with perfectly
even edge to edge exposure, I think this must be one of the most worthwhile modifications to these cameras.
Also the automatic diaphragm conversion is very neat and updates the camera for the most recent lenses. Thank you again!
Today I'm very pleased with my Arax 60. The image quality is really amazing
and I think with your team's modifications it is reliable (many reviews in
the net are telling this...) I will recommend your shop - the service seems to be very good :)
Well Gev0rg, yes I know that it has not been that long since my last message but I feel that I have to say something,
you see, this has been my second order from you again I am stunned with both speed of delivery and quality of all goods
supplied, the Jupiter lense is superb, and all packaged very secure, I will be back , you can count on that.
I was in Kiev from Sept. 22nd till Sept. 27th 2005 and had a previously arranged meeting with Gev0rg to buy a new
ARAX MLU body (with black metal curtains, special order) from him. When I met him at the Kiev Post Office we tried some
of my lenses (CZJ) and backs on the new body. One of the CJZ lenses didn't fit 100% and Gev0rg immediately offered to
take all of my lenses and backs and have them checked by one of his technicians that same day and for free. Just to be
sure I could trust him he gave me $1000,- and went off with my gear. Four hours later we met again and I received all my
stuff, checked by the technician, all working perfectly with the new body. He also delivered two new backs to my
appartment the next day.
Dear Gev0rg. It has been a great pleasure to have been in contact with you, all my questions were answered no
matter how trivial, my Arax CM arrived on day five and when I opened the package I was so pleased to find everything just
as seen on your web site, fantastic camera fantastic lense in fact everything was perfect, will be in touch soon for some
Excellent recoating and repolishing job done on the front lens element of my Summicron 50mm. Highly recommended.
I received the film backs and lens etc that I ordered, in a well
packaged parcel, it arrived with no problems at all, except the nail
biteing wait I had as the delivery took just on 2 weeks, I suppose
that not too bad as New Zealand is about as far away from Kiev as one
could get. I'm very pleased with the way the whole purchase went,
products are very good, the communication with Gev0rg was excellent. I
shall be in contact in the near future, Arax/Gev0rg lived up to the
service statements made on their very good web site, thanks Gev0rg
I ordered a K88-based Arax MLU with red chamois covering and became a faithfull ARAX customer since. I have been using it in several professional assignements with no complaints whatsoever.
In addition I sent my K60 (bought from another seller, when I did not knew about ARAX yet) for a CLA job and it was perfectly serviced, it is in superb shape.
In short, Gev0rg is a very nice person to deal with, the equipment he sells really work and he will stand behind his sales.
Loved the new shopping on line, very easy to use and very convenient. I'll be using again I'm sure!
(about CZJ Flektogon 50/f4 upgrading) I processed the roll of color slide test film and the results were perfect! Better color saturation than when new. The lens even produced results that appear sharper, although that is almost impossible. Also no flare, before multicoating the lens flared a lot.
Thanks again for your beautiful work, and thank your technicians for me. I use this lens in my research and my students use it for their work.
Your work has saved us a lot of money and time.
I received the 500 mm lens today! You know that I appreciate this excellent service very much. The lens looks great especially in the light of the incredible low price. Thanks very much and best wishes to you and the ARAX-people.
My Summicron front element arrived this morning, all in one piece and very well packed.
The glass looks excellent - I've already put it back on the lens, and will take some test shots later.
However, I can already say that I'm impressed - the lens looks like new! I'm sure the results will be much better than before, with
significantly reduced flare and better resistance to backlight...
I have got my ARAX CM/MLU-S, I am very pleased. It is wonderfull, nice working, I took 10 Films until now, exacktly
working. I show my new ARAX to all my friends. ARAX has a good service, I got my Arax in couple of days.
Thank you Gev0rg for this nice camera.
I have got my Kiev C60 MLU back today and i have used up a role of HP5 PLUS 120 film and i now get 16 shots on a role
at one time i got about 10 to 11 shots. The space next to the frames is nice and wide thanks a lot. And the camera has
been flocked thanks a lot from Tony!
I ordered the TTL prism for my Kiev 88. I'm VERY pleased with service, and of course product. This was my first order
from Arax. You appear seriously as a company and I'm very impressed. The TTL viewfinder works perfectly. For many years
i've been doing a crusade here in Norway to get people to buy Kiev cameras. Now I'll proudly refer to ARAX. Thank You.
The Arax camera, lenses, and accessories that I ordered from Gev0rg arrived in just four and a half days from the
time of notification that the package had been shipped. As many others have reported, the camera was very well
protected and well packed. I'm extremely pleased with the camera and with the pleasure of doing business with a company
that delivers on their promise. There were certainly other alternatives for purchase but I wanted above all to do
business with someone that I could trust. Thank you Gev0rg for everything. This is really a great camera and the 30mm
fisheye is awesome. If you want value, quality, and excellent communication, Gev0rg is the one to do business with.
Again, many thanks and I'll be ordering additional lenses soon.
I recieved my order kits . Everything was packaged very well. Thank you very much Gev0rg!
I recieved my Arax 60 MLU kit one week after I placed the order. Everything was packaged very well. I have already
shot a roll of film, & am very pleased with the results. Thank you very much Gev0rg!!!!
It's been roughly one year since purchasing an Arax 88 CM MLU camera. First I can say that Gev0rg and Arax Foto
have performed excellently in terms of customer service. I have purchased other Kiev cameras and lenses from a U.S.
based dealer, and I have to say that Arax Foto is still the only way to go in terms of quality service, communication
It has been just about a year since I got the HUGE package from Arax and I have had no major problems with the
Arax60 and lenses I bought from Gev0rg! One minor thing only: the leather at one corner of the meter prism started to
lift a tiny bit so I glued it down and that's the only problem(and not much of one at that!)
I am not so good a photographer so my pictures are just very good using this gear.
I am deciding on some other lenses to buy and I will be buying them from Arax.
This experience has been nothing but good and I have reccomended Arax to all of the people I know who are looking at
medium format cameras! Thank you very much, Gev0rg!
I just recieved my 88cm-mlu kit a week after ordering. I was very impressed with the speedy delivery and the
communication with Gev0rg. I am a college photography student and recommend to the other students in the program to
check out the arax web site. I am very pleased with my purchase, the 88cm-mlu kit is a beautiful piece of photo
equiptment and I am certain I will be returning to arax for more purchases.
Got the package. Very positive and bomb proof perfect packaging. That
camera really feels like i'm holding 2005-year made "Arax" camera in my
hand, didn't even imagine manual camera could be that precise and
perfect. Top stuff!
I received my ARAX-60/MLU standard kit yesterday just one week after ordering it. It was very well packed and hand
delivered. I haven't yet started taking pictures but am excited at the idea of starting soon. Everything seems to work
properly. The manuals availble from the Araxfoto website are very useful too.
I am very impressed with the excellent service and fast delivery as well as the courteous contact with Arax. My
Arax 60 came here fast and in perfect condition. The camera is better than I expected.
I had an Arax in my hand and I was really impressed. Your name means something in the photographic community here in Italy. The huge problems of Kiev mechanic was solved, giving breath to very good
I just receive the package containing the ARAX-60 body. Never got a consignment from Ukraine in such a short time. Thank you for the fast shipment, the good packing and the free cable release. The camera makes a good impression to me and start taking pictures within the next days.
Greetings from Germany to you and your staff.
I just received Arax 88 MLU standard kit, plus accessories and the packaging is bomb proof. I am new at medium
format, so I had lots of questions. Gev0rg answered all of them thoroughly (I wish I could say that other dealers did
the same, but I can't). He usually answered my e-mails same day. Body, lens, spot meter and accessories look just great!
The spot meter matches the one in my nikon 35mm camera. I can't wait until tomorrow to load my first 6x6 roll. Thanks a
lot Gev0rg!!! And merry christmas to everyone.
I just opened the parcel form ARAX and unpacked everything. I am very impressed about the fact that everything was
packed extremely well. Not one single cubic-centimeter of free space that could have caused things moving. I am looking very much forward
loading the first film and have a first test-shooting. It just started snowing here in France so there will be some nice winter-scenes.
Thanks a lot for the little gift (this adaptor-ring), where I still have to find out what it is used for.
First of all I will start studying the manual...
ARAX is a most effective and reliable seller, offering very good products at amazingly low prices! I've bought alot
and it's always a genuine pleasure to do business with Gev0rg! HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE!
Je suis 100% satisfait de ce ARAX 88 CM-MLU I am in Belgium and I am really glad to have bought this camera. 100% satisfied.
Service and contact with ARAX 10/10. Fast super delivery. Greetings
The ARAX-60 MLU camera has arrived past week. I tested it and everything work fine! Shutter speeds, focusing, film advancing, MLU device, etc. etc.
I'm very satisfied with this camera and I hope the camera will work properly also in the future. For the time being thank you very much for your kindness. I hope we will deal again.
Thank you for repairing the camera, it was delivered in the morning on Thursday 21st October. This Sunday morning I run a roll of colour through it
of the autumn trees, the shutter and exposures were perfect. Thanks again.
I recieved the camera. I tested the camera and it is no problem. It works well. Thank you very much. I am completely satisfied with you and your service.
If in future my camera will be broken, I will ask you again. Thank you again.
I recently ordered a prism finder for my Hasselblad ELM, because I lost the original during a shoot.
Having been a professional photographer for the last 46 years, I have worn out a lot of equipment and am used to high
quality cameras and accessories.
I receive the package this morning, a very good package. About the camera... how should I say... GREAT!
It's a very nice camera, there is so much difference with my old kiev 88 I had 8 years ago.... now, I 'm gonna read about it on the CD.
Thank you for your postcard of Kiev, appreciate. I will order at the end of the month for 2 lens more.
I just came out of the darkroom after processing some slides from my new ARAX. They're beautiful.
Everything came packed nice, and I am very impressed. Everything works nice and my first roll of film turned out. Even loading and unloading was a
breeze. Thank you very much for the gift, and I plan on using it often. I really like the special case the camera came in, and it really does work
just perfect with the camera.
Thank You. Your repair was pretty good. Now I'm using Saliut-S with great pleasure. Well tuned camera doesn't disturb my concentration when I am taking picture.
Using favorite camera is one of the most comfortable thing. I might take much better pictures with this well tuned Saliut..., I think so.
The camera is excellent! as a matter of fact very compatible to my very old Hasselblad and in many aspects far better!
You are doing a great job and I will come back with more buying from you!
I received my camera today, everything looks great. Thank you for the light meter and cleaning kit. It felt like Christmas opening everything up. It
was well packed and everything was here and the CD-R is a wonderful resource. Thank you so much, I am excited and you will have my business
again, and the business of my friends. Thank you.
I just shot a roll of film in the Arax 60 body that you sold me recently. It was perfect! The camera winds smoothly and the film plane is perfectly true--the pictures I took were razor-sharp and the frame spacing was exactly right. You should be very proud of the work you do--it is first quality.
I just received the film back I ordered less than two weeks ago. From the other side of the globe! Fast, personal, and professional service! I will definately be doing more business with your company in the future. Thanks ARAX!
It was a pretty fast journey from Kiev to Wiesentheid: not a whole week, only six days! Your repairman did really an excellent job: I haven't exposed a film
yet, but the shutter works as smooth AS IT NEVER DID BEFORE, I couldn't believe it and for the first moment I assumed that this is a brand-new camera!! Thank you so much, I am very pleased about your responsible work.
A year and a half after I got my camera from ARAX it is still working great and I have taken some amazing pictures with it. Let me say that a landscape shot halnd-held (not breathing actually, and between heart beats) at 1/125 through the standard ARSAT 80mm lens and then magnified to 20 inch square (which is huge) is PIN SHARP!! I didn't believe my eyes at first, but every postcard-sized part of it (INCLUDING the edge) looked like a postcard to me: sharp, well-toned, excellent colour and in every other way amazing. To think this lens cost me some 30 UK pounds is mind boggling. And I did not even use the MLU, but the camera did NOT shake.
I've received my brand new ARAX CM MLU SE. It's just great. Nicely worked, covered with leather, and cured with love by your technicians. I can't believe how fast all the process was done. I have passed the order two weeks ago, paid directely the 23rd and received confirmation of shipping done on 29th. In just 5 days it is here. It is a real pleasure to treat with such professionnals, skilled, efficient and very sympathetic. By the way, thanks a lot for the little Extra. I have dreamed about it, Arax made it. Thank you again and congratulation: your work will be your best advertising. I wish you all the best and many, many, many other orders....
The camera is great, really great!!!!!! I like the work you did very much, the camera is better than new, you did a
really good, proper and accurate work!!! Special thanks to you for the nice foto-bag, it fits good to my new "ARAX"-Camera!!!
I can really recommend your work for any interested customers !!!
I just want to let you know that I received the camera today. It's seems to work just perfectly now.
I'm very happy with the work that you've done and grateful that you were able to do it. My Kiev's "visit"
to its home country was certainly well worth while! Thank you so much for your courtesy, efficiency and professionalism.
I am impressed with the entire transaction. I have done business here in the states that was not nearly as good or as fast.
I got my Arax60 Tueday this week. Even with TWO holidays the shipping time was excellent! All the bits and
peices I ordered were in the box and evrey thing was very well packed! The camera itself is much prettier than the
pictures of it that Gev0rg emailed me! I have put two rolls of film through it so far and while the pictures aren't
especially good, all of the lenses and the camera are all doing what they are supposed to be doing! I am going to get
great shots from this equiptment! Overall I am very happy with the entire process of buying a camera from Arax!
I received my Arax 60 last Wednesday and have run a few rolls of film through it so far. Everything is working well...even frame spacing, great
finish, and no visible banding even at 1/1000! Thank you for being so easy to communicate with and fulfilling my order so promptly. I'm sure you'll be
hearing from me again the next time I need any Arax/Arsenal products.
I recived my Arax kit yesterday in perfect packing. The camera is beautiful, I'm very very happy with it. The shipping and whole procedure was quite fast. I'll return back soon to find new accessories. Thank you very much!
Six days to receive directly from Kiev the Arax Kit! Only six days! Crazy! Amazing! Anyway, the ARAX is the most beautiful medium camera in the world I ever seen!!!
I resieved lenses today. And I am satisfied with quality of lenses. Thank you very much for your quickly service.
I sent my Salyut 'C' to ARAX for repair/CLA (shutter problems!) and upgrade (MLU, interior flocking.)
The service was excellent (turnaround in around 3 weeks including postage time from the UK) and the workmanship first class.
The MLU conversion is so well done it looks like an original fitment. I would recommend it to anyone as it makes a huge difference to the level of vibration.
The smoothness and action of the shutter is superb, like a new camera.
The whole lot came in at around £100, excellent value in my opinion.
I would recommend ARAX to anyone with a Soviet Hassy copy in need of repair/upgrade.
The new Arsat lens works in every respect absolutely great - mecanically and optically! I am very pleased, thanks a lot!
I think, ARAX is a great place for Kiev-equipment.
My camera is wonderful. It takes great shots, very accurate metering and the CZJ lenses are wonderful.
Most people that develop my film think I am using a Hassleblad. Close enough.
I must admit that I've never owned a K 88 (nor do I want one - I really like my Arax 60 and P-6. I like the big 35 mm shape) but I'm soooo pleased with my Arax 60 - it is a high quality camera. If all our Arsenal products passed through Gev0rge's hands, we wouldn't have much to complain about.
My New ARAX CM is Here! It is a SE CM MLU in Black Leather. Sweet! My lenses all mount nicely, everything dry cycles beautifully. I even got my engraved initial plate.
Couple days ago received the camera, adapter ring, bonus ring, disc, cards, everything. That was super fast, thanks. Camera is a beauty, lots of great info on the disk, thank you for the bonus, will come very handy because one of the two adapter rings is quite loose, has some play. First class service! You'll hear from me again.
Film installation and camera operation is very good, thanks for an excellently upgraded camera!
Today I got my 10 rolls of film back, and (this is unusual for me ) 116 prints... It means everything worked well for the first time in my almost ten years of kiev88 experience, finally I have a working reliable camera. No light leaks, no strange refections, perfect spacing and only minimal banding at 1/500 (did not try 1/1000). Arax did a perfect job on two of my bodies. These cameras have been "repaired" by three different repair people in the pastbut now for the first time they are working as they should, OK ARAX....!!!
I received the ARAX-60 today, excellent, I like it. I'm particularly impressed by extend you go for to present run-of-the-mill Kiev60 available for 99 on
eBay into something that actually looks like a complete, proper product, something Arsenal should be doing.
The people who justify spending many thousands of dollars on a Hasselblad system, do so because of the quality of Carl Zeiss Oberkochen lenses.
Those who saved thousands of dollars on Carl Zeiss Jena lenses and got them because of good quality images these lenses produce, should spend
a few hundred dollars for quality ARAX up-grade.
I did send a jammed Kiev-88CM to ARAX in Kiev, for repair and modifications.
They have made very good work. Repairs are guarantied one year.
Communication is good too, perfectly English writing.
Prices are good and detailed on their web pages.
I got a Arax-60 for my 18th birthday. It took about a week and a half for me to get the camera
after the order was placed. The camera looks and feels great, I have had one roll developed and it looks good. good exposure with the TTL-prism, correct
spacing and no flare. I will probably order more stuff from Arax in the future, since they seem very trustworthy.
It's always good to know all the costs one will have when buying something
from another contry and you have answered them all (camera, shippment, western
union fees and customs). I can't tell you how happy I am that I found your
I am impressed with the build quality of the new camera. I teach photography at a local college and many of my students wish to use
medium format equipment but don't have money for Hasselblad, etc. I think your product is of exceptional value and the service is as
described. I will offer your firm's name as someone my students should consider.
My red ARAX MLU SE is an outstanding performer. This camera is built like a tank!
I am very glad and satisfy with product and service I have received from Gev0rg.
On wednesday I had the pleasure to open a really well packed package from Kiev - with very elegant ARAX SE Kit inside (and several goodies :)) It was better then xmas unpacking everything. I took my time and read *carefully Kevins K's DO's and DON'ts :) Thanks so much for that! Everything looks really fine, very healthy, solid and cool.
Fast reactivity from Gev0rg, big customer care, very good delivery delays, many posts updating customer on the delivery process(money reception, fabrication delays, date of shipping). The camera came in good working state, film transport checked, focus clearly aligned, shutter working fine. More >>
I just bought a body from Gev0rg, and I must say that I am very happy with it. Unlike my VRN (Hartblei) MLU body, the ARAX MLU body has a very nice shutter release, and I finally have a body that accepts my CZJ lenses I normally use on the 60.
The communication with Gev0rg was very good (as many others have reported), shipping fast (the whole transaction took less than two weeks, I'm living in Germany), well packed.
I have no problems with the (Arax) Kiev 645 that I now own. The film spacing is just about perfect, and the mirror slap is very well dampened.
My Arax (Kiev 88 upgraded) has black metal curtains (special order) and accurate speeds to 1/1000
with no shutter banding and seems to be a reliable camera for all uses.
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