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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Best model Zorki? Reply with quote

I would like to hear your thoughts, OK read about them, concerning the
Zorkies. I like what I see in the Zorki 5 except for the shutter speed only
going to 1/500.

Thoughts?

Bill


PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick I think knows them well.
What I heard Zorky 4K has a brighter viewfinder and has a lever for film winding not a knob.


PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm Curious as well.
I saw a listing for a Zorki 6 (could be mistaken maybe it was a Fed Confused )
It seems to have a very long baseline compared to the others whichever it was.
Recently I have added a couple longer lenses to the RF kit (90 and 135) with some frustration focussing.
I feel that going for the longest baseline possible should be a priority in any exchangeable lens RF.
Unless of course there will "never" be a desire to shoot long lens in close focus.
In which case it is less critical but still beneficial for more accurate focussing.

Bill are you moving in to a LTM system?


PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

montecarlo wrote:
Rick I think knows them well.
What I heard Zorky 4K has a brighter viewfinder and has a lever for film winding not a knob.


The Zorki 5 has an advance lever, too. Hummm.


PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F16SUNSHINE wrote:


Bill are you moving in to a LTM system?


Yes, believe so. I'm getting past the window shopping stage. Laughing I want
a superwide with viewfinder and will mate it up with a cheap FSU body, like
you suggested in another thread. Later on, will see about some Bessa
bodies. Superwide on full frame is the ultimate high for me right now. I
will first try the Zenitar on the Ricoh body when the lens arrives.

Bill


PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great move!
Attila and I had an exchange thrue PM about this.
The UW and RF combo is truly unlike any lens in the kits we all have.
It really opens up a new world playing with unfamiliar perspectives.
I find myself putting the camera into all sorts of weird places.
It truly is a creative tool like no other and a lot of fun. Very Happy


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the early (up to about 1965) Zorki 4, mainly because I like having a full range of speeds. The finder is OK but not great, I can't see the whole frame with my glasses on and the diopter correction goes so far that it's NEVER within the range of human eyesight when you pick up the camera. It's a reliable camera though and it doesn't leak light.

After about 1966, they lost the strap lugs, changed from leather grain to ugly ribbed vinyl covering, and worst, stopped engraving the shutter speeds and just printed them onto the chrome. If you want a bargain and an adventure, there are a lot of 4K's and late 4's with no shutter speed markings left on them, available pretty cheap.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Rick, yeah, the cams with no markings for settings would be loads
of fun to use. Laughing I have an all-black FED-2 I was going to send to Fedka,
but I may just throw it on ebay for an as-is auction. I hear the Zorki has
a better viewfinder than the Fed, maybe I've seen this from you, but I'm
not getting any younger and a dim small viewfinder is not something I want
to have around. The Kiev 4 has a great viewfinder, in comparison.

Bill


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh..... well I should have caught this before the PM I sent you Bill. Embarassed


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the viewfinder is an acquired taste... The Z4 finder is very large, almost life size, but you have to get your eye very close to see it all. With my glasses, I lose a lot of it, to the point that I use an 85mmlens on the camera without an aux finder and just assume that what I'm seeing in the camera is pretty close. In the FED3, the finder is smaller, but I can easily see the entire frame, overall I find it more comfortable to use - and the rotating-eyepiece diopter correction on the FED stays where you set it much better than the lever on the Zorki. But my FED is kind of roughly made compared to the Z4, it is not as light tight and there is no 1/1000 speed setting, so overall I like the Zorki a lot better than the FED in spite of the finder.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found similar between the Fed3 and Zorki (something): The Z vf was large, luxurious, with glasses I had to peer around in it, it was bright... but on the two samples I looked through the VF patch was very faint. With the F3, I was looking through a dim tunnel, but the VF patch was clearly seen to focus with. I got the F3 for this reason. However, when it starts to get dark out it is hard to focus with.

So, I'm curious which LTM ultrawides?


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy, I answered your PM.

Rick, thanks, since I wear glasses, have to, to focus, your points are well
taken.

Nesster, seriously thinking about the 15mm with viewfinder from Cameraquest. Since I'd use that viewfinder, any light-tight box with good
shutter would do.


PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always like the Zorki 4K.

Right now I have a modded one with a nice Red Leather and a brace of Jupiter Lenses and a Turret Finder.



PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice one Trawler.
So tell us. Where are you dropping the hook these days?

Welcome to the group Very Happy