Monday, June 11, 2012

Walking the Zorki

When I want to travel light, but not compromise on quality, the Zorki 2-C always seems a good choice.  The camera has always been ultra-reliable, and the collapsible coated Industar 22 lens delivers excellent sharpness and tonalities.


robert said...

Nice photos. I handled a Zork, 3 or 4 ,can't remember which model. It was definitely a lethal weapon if the need arose. The operation was clumsy for me to get a handle on and the viewfinder was teeny for what I had been used to, Pentax KM and MX. I ended up buying a Canon GIII QL17. I found out that I'm not the rangefinder type.

Mike said...

The small finders do take some getting used to. I think it was about 1960 when manufacturers got around to supplying the large brilliant finders.

I do have a large accessory finder which I can use with the Jupiter 12 35mm lens on my Zorkis, FEDs and Kiev IIa. The big, bright image you get with that finder really does make shooting more pleasant. There is an illustration of it in an earlier posting on the Zorki 2-C, and you can also see it on the FED 1-g page at my vintage cameras web site.

Ger said...

Hi mike,
fantastic shots as always, i particularly like the balloon one, its the kind of quality i hope to one day achieve. As it happens I may have a zorki 4 on the way to me and was wondering if you still had those russian lenses for sale from awhile back?

Mike said...

I do still have those Russian lenses for sale. However, they won't work on a Zorki 4 rangefinder camera as they were built for the old slr camreas like the Zenit with a different focal length. The only adapter I have seen available is at which has an M39 to M42 which allows use on a Pentax-mount camera. In fact, I think it would not be practical to make an adapter for M39 rf because there is no protruding lip on the rear of these lenses to activate the rf arm.

Julio F said...

Great series, Mike. Those old Russian optics are much better than generally thought of.