Kiev-88/Arsat-Lenses on Mamiya 645AF

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by robat, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. robat

    robat Member

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    Hi,
    i just bought a Mamiya 645AF and wonder if its possible to use my old Kiev-88 lenses (screw mount) on this body ?
    I see that Arax has an Adapter for screw mounted Kiev-Lenses to "C"-bajonet and one for using "C"-lenses on the Mamiya 645...
    Does anyone here have any experience with that ? I dont want to spend almost $100 on adapters just to see it doesnt work...

    But to have my 30mm Zodiak on the 645AF would be fun !

    Cheers, Robert
     
  2. Philippe Grunchec

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    Gevorg Vartanyan (Arax) should be able to answer your question -:smile:
     
  3. Anscojohn

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    Kiev USA on their web site lists a Kiev 88 to Mamiya 645 adapter. Whether this will work on AF mount I know not.
     
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    robat

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    Thanks for your replies :smile:
    I will ask Gevorg directly and post the result here.
     
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    I was interested in doing the same thing. I have found quite a price range difference through an auction site. They run anywhere from $17 to a maximum of $140. Quite a difference for the same product. Let me know what you find out.
     
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    robat

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    I just got Gevorgs confirmation that the combination of two adapters will work. I think I will order both from Arax (www.araxfoto.com) directly ($43 + $34 seems to be reasonable) and post my experience here :smile:
     
  7. Greg_E

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    Once upon a time, they used to change the mount on those lenses so that you didn't need an adapter, but I haven't seen these is several years. They also reversed the diaphram and put the metering pin holder on the ring so that it worked just like a Mamiya manual focus lens. Wish I had bought one of those when they were still around.

    I have one of the Zodiak 30mm and it is OK, a little too much CA on the edges near wide open, but not too bad considering the price.