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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.

But after several weeks and a lot of trial prints later I did it. The ARAX grip came alive. After covering the grip surface with a leatherette, it even did not look anymore like a home made 3D printed prototype.

Due to the grip I can’t use the strap anymore since one of the strap lugs are covered and used for the stability of the grip. However, since it happened more than one time that the strap became loose and I almost dropped the camera, this wasn’t a showstopper for me.

Especially with bigger lenses, the camera sits so much better in my hand now. As already mentioned in an earlier article, the ARAX provides everything you need to do medium format photography. Especially the access to so many nice Pentacon and Schneider lenses makes the ARAX with the Pentacon lens mount so attractive. My all time favorite lens is the Zeiss Jena Sonnar 2.8/180. Compared to other lenses, you get a lot of glass and look for very small money.

The stl file for the 3D print of the ARAX grip is free available on Thingiverse.

 

ARAX Grip front view
ARAX Grip front view
ARAX Grip from the botton
ARAX Grip from the botton
ARAX Grip front view
ARAX Grip front view
The ARAX 60 Grip
The ARAX 60 Grip

 

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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.

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