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Kiev-88 Arsenal Arax

Kiev-88 Volna-3 2.8/80mm CLA Arax SLR Medium Format SALUT-S, Hasselblad Rare Kit

Kiev-88 Volna-3 2.8/80mm CLA Arax SLR Medium Format SALUT-S, Hasselblad Rare Kit

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USSR 6x6 Kiev-88  medium format camera

MC Volna-3 2.8/80mm lens 

identical to Salut-S or Hasselblad 

Fully working condition. CLA'd (cleaned, lubricated, adjusted).
The camera has been tested for functionality by a specialist. All mechanical parts work perfectly.

This is a used item and may show signs of wear. Please only bid if you agree. 

If required, a waist lever finder can be supplied instead of a penta prism.

Manufacturer: Arsenal factory ARSAT (Kiev, USSR)

Currently it is produced in small batches, under the name "Arax".

Manufactured: 1980-2009

Great camera with a very well-developed system accessories and very good optical performance for an unbeatable price that is fun!

Thanks to the accessories, the camera can be used universally. There are lenses with 30, 45, 65, 80, 150, 250 and 300mm focal length.All optics have very high initial opening which make it very easy to sheep and allow a nice play with the depth of field. Magazines are available for the 6x6 format (12 pictures), 4,5x6cm (16 pictures) and Polaroid backs. (C)

Celebrated as the most famous of all Kiev cameras, the Kiev 88 originates from the improvements to the Salut series of medium format cameras that were manufactured by Arsenal in Ukraine. Learn more about this inexpensive, yet powerful medium format camera:

The Kiev 88, derived from the Salyut medium format system cameras of the late 1950s, was a technical development of the Kiev 80 model, which was built from 1975 to 1980.

As a nearly identical Soviet copy of the Hasselblad 1600F, this mid-format SLR is sometimes jokingly referred to as Hasselbladski. It also has a screw bayonet for the interchangeable lenses, similar to the original Hasselblad, but not compatible with each other. The film magazines of the Kiev and those of Hasselblad are also incompatible, the viewfinder with those of the Hasselblad 1600F and 1000F, as well as with the current Hasselblad V-system models, on the other hand.

Since Kyiv-88 and 88CM cameras are inexpensive, they have become popular alternatives for medium format photographers and enthusiasts.

Technical Specifications:

Camera housing made of die-cast aluminum alloy

Hard, scratch-resistant, black vinyl cover

Chrome trim to protect the metal surfaces

Screw bayonet with 90 ° thread

Two 3/8-inch threaded sleeves for tripod and hand grip

Hot shoe with center contact for accessories

Reversed 53 × 53 light sight with glass screen

extra bright viewfinder center with horizontal mixed image rangefinder

Etched grid to facilitate composition

Replaceable prism finder with or without integrated light meter

Side-correct, 53 × 53mm upright (TTL and prism viewfinder)

45 ° angle viewfinder (TTL and prism viewfinder)

3x eyepiece magnification (TTL and prism viewfinder)

Recess to use individual correction lenses (TTL and Prisma Finder)

Precision focal plane shutter with horizontal gradient for consistent exposure regardless of lens

Ten adjustable speeds from 1/2 to 1/1000 sec and bulb

FP-X flash sync with shutter open from 1/2 to 1/30 sec

Standard PC connector for lightning cable

Lock prevents triggering before the drawer in the film cassette has been removed

Display of the status of the shutter voltage


 Medium format system camera in cube form with   Interchangeable lenses,   Change magazine and change finder.



6x6cm (57x57mm effective)

Movie Format

Rollfilm 120


Copper beryllium metal lamellae, horizontal


1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000   "B".

sync Speed

1 \ 30 sec.

Lightning Contact

X   via PC socket and hot shoe (SALJUT   X and M contact)


Focal length

80mm (equivalent to about 50mm small picture)


2,8 to 22

Aperture priority solution



6x6 (standard) 4,5 x6cm and for POLAROID instant picture


12 pictures at 6x6, 16 pictures at 4,5 x6


Usual shipping time (with tracking) to EU 7-25 days, USA and Canada 10-35 days, other world 15-45 days. 

This is a used item and may have traces of usage. Purchasing old/vintage/used equipment please make sure it is compatible with your new cameras, lenses etc. you are going to use it with. Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. 

Return Policy 

If you are not satisfied for any reason with any item you have purchased, you can return it within 14 days after receiving it. 
Please, make sure the item is packed and shipped it in the same condition you have received it. 
Full refund will be issued after I receive the item back. Buyers have to pay for the return shipping, except for receiving wrong or defective items. In those cases I will cover your shipping expenses (applied only for economy international shipping services).

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