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03-09-2011, 12:29 AM   #1
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Want to buy, or Where to Buy - Arsat 30mm Fisheye

So - I've decided I'd like to give the Zodiak 8 (Arsat) FishEye 3.5/30mm lens a go on the 645D while I save the $5K+ for the new 25mm Pentax 645 lens.

I can find a site that sells the lens, but they're out of stock on the Pentacon to 645 adapter - Kiev Camera

I found another site that is a bit more expensive but lists both the lens and adapters seperately - Zodiak 8 (Arsat) FishEye 3,5/30 Lens for Kiev60 but e-mails to them asking for confirmation of availablity ahve gone unanswered. With no one answering e-mails I'm not very confident in placing an order.

Checked e-bay and found 2 adapters and one lens available .... but not much of a saving, if any, on a new item direct from either of those sites.
Also found one or two other sites - but they wanted around $500 for the lens.

Does anyone have one that they'd be will to part with, including the adapter for use on a 645?
Can anyone point me to other site options?

Cheers.

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Those few sellers from ePay are from Kiev (Ukraine). One Adapter got lost on the way, the other arrived after a week or two. It was Kievcamera who's adapter didn't arrive.
September 2007, the price for the arsat was 300$!. I payed for a used one 80€.
Wish I'd ordered a 45mm TS from Hartblei too :-(.
I probably should ask my wifes girlfriend to get one when she's traveling home to visit her mother. But would that be significantly cheaper?

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That is a tricky one, I to found out that it was out of production last week. Don't expect them to be cheap unless you find someone that doesn't know that there are people out there looking for a lens like this.
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Bugger ....

Tempted to try rugfit, but them not replying to any e-bays has me wary ..... at least if I pay using Paypal I should be able to disute things if I don't get anything sent to me ....... I hope.

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Arax Photo | Medium Format Lenses for ARAX, Kiev-60, Kiev-88CM, Pentacon Six cameras. - here you may buy new, if price so big - near 150-200 USD in russian photo forums or sales places, but used and condition fron EX to BGN.
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Arax Photo | Medium Format Lenses for ARAX, Kiev-60, Kiev-88CM, Pentacon Six cameras. - here you may buy new, if price so big - near 150-200 USD in russian photo forums or sales places, but used and condition fron EX to BGN.
I found that site before, but is says ".....are available with either the Kiev B mount (screw mount) or the Kiev C mount (Pentacon-six mount)." so I still need to chase down a Kiev C mount to 645 adapter and the sites I've foudn for those don;t respond to e-mails asking if there's any in stock.

That site does sell the adpaters though ..... so might send them an e-mail - thanks for that.
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They sale adapter to P645. I write to Georg 2 months ago, need Kiev focusing screen, they answer after 2 days.
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They sale adapter to P645. I write to Georg 2 months ago, need Kiev focusing screen, they answer after 2 days.
Thanks for that, message sent and I'll see how I go

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Need to try, but my friend buy this summer Arsat 30 for Kiev 60 P6 mount, but its not connected to it. He want to sale it, I want to buy to put it on my Bronica s2a, cose he dont know for that camera its fit. I ask to take it and make photo to you. Maybe its 645.
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Need to try, but my friend buy this summer Arsat 30 for Kiev 60 P6 mount, but its not connected to it. He want to sale it, I want to buy to put it on my Bronica s2a, cose he dont know for that camera its fit. I ask to take it and make photo to you. Maybe its 645.
Thanks for the offer - but from what I've read for the 645 or 645D you need the Kiev 88 version with the Pentacon 6 mount, then use the Kiev/645 Adapter.

Looking at a photo I'd have no idea if the lens is the right one or not.
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May be you can buy my copy. I think about it over the weekend, what to do with my 645-lenses.
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May be you can buy my copy. I think about it over the weekend, what to do with my 645-lenses.
Hi Ron, if you do decide you want to sell it - I'd definitely be interested.
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Gevorg Vartanyan has run Arax for years and is well respected among collectors and users of Russian camera equipment. There is nothing to fear here. He sells both the 30mm fisheye and the adapter. If you want these pieces, just send Arax a response and tell them what you want to buy to start the process. Don't worry, they will respond.

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Arax does sell the pentacon 6 to pentax 645 adaptor. It's hidden somewhere in their accessories section.

Arax Photo | Accessories for medium format cameras and lenses.

Not the lowest prices around though. Also Gevorg said he was out for vacation about half a month ago.
He claims to check the optics of the lens before shipping them out, but the first one i got had the fixed hood twisted in the wrong place (petals in the corner of my frames) and vignetted my shots. He should have cought that if he checked it but he said he only checked the optics. In any case, i did get it replaced, but had to pay shipping for both to and from ukraine, and that's not cheap.
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Turns out now I have one or two leads (Arax and a forum member).

But, as is usually the way with me, just when I've got a few spare $$ to spend on me - along comes a few bills or a minor family emergency to steal that money back from me

Fingers crossed that this time next Friday I'll have the $$ sorted and be purchasing one of these lenses to use on the 645D.
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