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Zorki 4

 

The technical stuff:

Type: Rangefinder

Lens: Jupiter 8 f2 50mm/Jupiter 11 f4 135mm

Shutter: Focal Plane with speeds from 1 sec to 1/1000th

 

 

 

My lucky star has come out to shine at last. I've been searching for a Zorki since I started the collection but they always go way beyond my budget limit. This weekend I was out and about walking around Chippenham looking in the charity shops and found a couple of half interesting cameras but decided not to buy. Then as I came around a corner I noticed a doorway to an "antique" shop so I popped in to take a look. About halfway round the main showroom I came across a few cameras on a shelf. Two were contemporary plastics and the third was in a black leather case, which, at first glance I though to be yet another overpriced Zenit. Why is it that all of these secondhand shops seem to think that Zenit are or were a highly expensive camera. There was a Zenit E in one of the charity shops I'd just been in, priced at 40 pounds, they're havin' a larf. However, I digress, on closer inspection of this black case the name on the front was Zorki so I opened the case to find an immaculate Zorki 4. Imagine my surprise and delight when I looked at the price label and it said 10 pounds, this required no hesitation and I rushed to the payment desk clutching the camera.

Finally I manage to get out on the road with this camera and I can see why they are so heralded amongst rangefinders. The Jupiter lens truly lives up to it's reputation producing some stunningly sharp pictures with tremendous definition. I will admit that some of the exposures are a bit off but that's something I need to get used to. This will definitely go out with me again, next time I might get a chance to try it with my Jupiter 11 135mm lens which I've had for over a year waiting for a camera to use it on.

 

 

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