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A Grip for the ARAX (Kiev) 60

The ARAX 60 Grip

The much I love my chunky loud ARAX 60, I always missed a better handling of the camera. Since I’m a big guy with big hands, the side of the camera is a bit thin to provide a secure hold. With getting a 3D printer, the idea of a grip for my ARAX was always in my mind. Finally I started the project which turned to be out more difficult than expected because of my rookie skills in CAD, the small tolerances and the required stability of the grip. In addition the shape of the camera is not so rectangular as it looks.

For Sale: A wooden classic 3×4 Graflex camera for Fuji INSTAX wide film

After a long time I found finally the time to updated my blog and write some new articles about my past projects and photo journeys. First story is about my crazy GrafINSTAX project, the conversion of an old Graflex 3×4 camera into an instant camera accepting Fujifilm INSTAX wide film which I finished in September last year. Further articles will cover my Monster Graflex project, a 4×5 Graflex for and with the famous Kodak Aero-Ektar, a 3-D printed grip for the ARAX 60 and my trip to Beijing in China. I also want to share my recently rediscovered passion for home synthesiser jam sessions and my opinion about the gear I purchased for it. But let’s get started with the crazy project – The GrafINSTAX…

Hackintosh – Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R

Brix Pro

Since I did spent more and more time waiting for my computer in particular Lightroom to finish processes and beachballs appeared more and more on a daily basis, I decided to upgrade my hardware. I usually don’t buy the latest Macs since you can always find great deals on the used market. However, after some research in the internet I decided to go for the alternative way – the so called hackintosh.

Kodi on the Raspberry

Kodi is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Just recently I purchased a raspberry to use it as a media server. I was searching for something small to install KODI on it, original developed for the xbox as XBMC – Xbox Media Center. Since I couldn’t get any further updates of KODI for my old MacMini it was time for a change.

ARAX 60 – A tuned KIEV60

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Yes I like my ARAX 60. Although there are a lot of negative articles about the reliability and functionality of the Kiev cameras and even some complains about the ARAX, I can’t confirm this. I just recently took the camera brick with me on a trip to China where it gave me beautiful results. Although, the camera is not as smooth operating like a Hasselblad or not as quite as a Rolleiflex TLR I found my love in the ARAX60. I like the tank design, the brand name and even the fact that pressing the shutter release button results in an unmistakable but solid “clonck” sound. That’s why I decided to write a short review about the upgraded medium format Kiev camera from the Ukraine.

On the streets of Doha – Street photography in Qatar

On the streets of Doha, Qatar

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is currently one of the fastest changing cities in the world. Besides the newly developed district of West Bay with modern high rise buildings, there are still parts of the old town to discover. Close to the traditional Souq Waqif and the new urban development Msheireb are many old houses. While theses old houses where formerly the home of Qatari families, they are now occupied by low wage workers. Doing photography on the Streets of Doha it is a great joy due to the diversity of people and living environments. 

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