|Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:45 am Post subject:
|For me there were several factors to consider when I investigated "economic" Russian rangefinder cameras a good few years ago (when they were still cheap!)
1- Range of shutter speeds
2- Ease of use
3- Viewfinder size
4- Overall "look" or "coolness factor"
For the first three the Zorki 4K fits the bill, wide range of speeds, lever wind and a big bright viewfinder. Also good for knocking in tent-pegs or discouraging wannabe muggers!
The early models, both FED and Zorki were just a little too inconvenient to use with their knob-wind. The smaller viewfinder and separate rangefinder were also less easy to use.
To my eye, the later FEDs, with their built-in selenium meters, just looked too "top-heavy", though doubtless fine cameras in their own right and the supplied I-61L/D lens is still well rated!
However the camera I almost always picked up was the Zorki 6 - it just "looked the part", in my eyes ... a fine Jupiter-8 50mm f/2 lens and how often did I need a slow shutter speed anyway
The cameras are long retired now, but I still use some of the lenses I accumulated at the time. My Orion-15 sits almost permanently on my Samsung NX-5