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Kiev-88 Arsenal Arax

Kiev-88CM Pentacon Six mount CLA Arax Medium Format MLU option Hasselblad Copy

Kiev-88CM Pentacon Six mount CLA Arax Medium Format MLU option Hasselblad Copy

Regular price $688.75 USD
Regular price Sale price $688.75 USD
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 Rare Kiev-88CM medium format camera "Hasselbladsky"

This is an original Kiev-88CM camera. No conversion.
Pentacon Six mount from the factory. Not retrofitted.

 If necessary, MLU (mirror lock-up)* can also be installed.

Very few such cameras were built, so it's pretty hard to find these days.
NT(new technology) film back. New style pentaprism.

Fully working condition. 

With Pentacon Six mount you can use the entire range of Pentacon Six lenses from Carl Zeiss, Pentacon, Hartblei, Arax, Arsat, Kilfitt, Zoomar, Astro and benefit from their excellent quality.

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. 

*Mirror lock-up (often abbreviated to MLU) is a feature employed in many Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. It allows the operator to reduce vibration-induced motion blur during exposure. It also allows the mounting of lenses which extend into the SLR's mirror box when mounted.


1. Kiev-88CM Pentacon Six P6 mount
2. Kiev-88CM Pentacon Six P6 mount + MLU (mirror lock-up)

Manufactured: 1980-2009
Currently it is produced in small batches, under the name "Arax".
This Kiev-88 Arsenal Arax medium format camera is a rare find for film photography enthusiasts. With a 6x6 cm film format and a 3x viewfinder magnification, this manual focus camera allows for precise control over your shots. The shutter speed ranges from 1/2 to 1/1000 seconds, and the camera features manual program modes and multiple exposure options. This Kiev-88 Salut-S series camera has been CLA'd and comes with a Volna-3 2.8/80mm lens, making it a great addition to any camera collection. The camera uses medium format roll film and was manufactured in Ukraine. Capture stunning black and white or color photos with this classic piece of photography equipment.
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 Kiev 88 and 88CM cameras are inexpensive, they have become popular alternatives for medium format photographers and enthusiasts.


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Usual shipping time (with tracking) to EU 7-25 days, USA and Canada 9-35 days, other world 12-45 days. In very rare cases it may be due to customs issues or holiday delays.

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. Please note that the delivery takes place from outside the EU, therefore customs fees are possible.Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These must be paid by the buyer depending on the destination country. 

Questions have to be asked before the bid. All information in the listing are not binding and without guarantee. Errors, misprints and prior sale expressly reserved.If you have any issues with your purchase please contact me before leaving a feedback. I value my customers and all problems can be solved.

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