ARSENAL factory is History -- Kiev is dead, long live Kievs
Kiev, Ukraine [Russian KOI-8R is below]
Dear friends and kievaholiks.
It is pity to inform that after 245 year the ARSENAL factory (Zavod
ARSENAL in Russian) is lost. After many judicial proceedings now we
have the Special Construction Department (SKTB in Russian) instead of
ARSENAL factory. The factory management, including the director of
factory, are totally changed. The workers are discharges, all
manufacturing is stopped, the factory storehouse is empty.
The good news is that we have bought the medium format cameras and
parts for several years of works and we'll keep our business running
at least 4-5 years more. So, you'll have ability to buy ARAX cameras
as usually with our one year worldwide warranty. In any case, you
will never be left alone with a problem from your ARAX cameras many
many many years.
Дорогие друзья и киеваголики.
Очень жаль информировать, что после 245 лет существования, завод
Арсенал окончательно закрылся и канул в историю. После многочисленных
судебных процессов, вместо "Государственного Предприятия Завод
Арсенал" появилась новая структура "СКТБ" (Специальное
Кострукторско-Техническое Бюро), руководство завода упразднено,
рабочие места кардинально сокращены, цеха закрыты, оборудование
распродается, производство остановлено, склады опустошены.
Хорошая новость заключается в том, что мы выкупили камеры среднего
формата, запчасти к ним и обеспечены материалом как минимум еще на 4-5
лет работы. Поэтому, Вы как и прежде будете иметь возможность
приобрести камеры АРАКС с включенной годичной полной гарантией. В
любом случае, Вы никогда не останетесь наедине с техническими
проблемами еще много много много лет.
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Ochen, ochen zhal esli pravda. Ja smotrel na web-saite Arsenala, no nichevo ne videl.
Really sorry to hear this. I had a look at the Arsenal web-sait, but I did not see anything. Still, sorry to hear this.
I'm also sorry to hear this. Them changes!
This is really sad news. I really liked my Kiev 88 am still sorry I sold it.
Need to tip a glass of vodka to the quality control department. Lord knows they drank enough while checking cameras
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI
So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004
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Originally Posted by shutterspeed1000
I guess that means my Kiev 88 and lenses and backs and finders are now collector's items.
John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA
Yes, and I guess the two Arsat 30mm fisheyes I have are worth a gazillion dollars now. One BN/sealed and the other LN.
Let's see a camera that had to be re-manufactured before you had a chance of getting a good one.
Yup, it'll be missed.
Yeah, we know how important labels are to some insecure people, but some people are happy with less than perfect...
I really liked mine and honestly never had any issues with it. It was a great way to get into a medium format slr without a large price tag. Things are different now so I guess I would not buy another since cameras like a Pentax 645 and M1000s are such great deals now. When I had the Kiev they were all out of my price range.