WTF is a Zorki?

The basic Narrative is out there:  after World War 2 the Soviets took material, tooling, dies, and skilled workers from occupied Germany back to Russia as reparations. All of Germany’s patents were also released into the public domain by the allied governments. The Soviets (and others) began manufacturing Leica and Contax clones for internal and export markets and so we get this  Zorki  35mm Rangefinder, a Soviet derivative of the Leica 3.

This one has commemorative markings celebrating the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution so I’m assuming a manufacture date of about 1967. It’s a bit clunky, the film registration is slightly off, there’s no batteries or exposure meter, but it fits in my coat pocket and is actually a lovely small camera to carry around.  Here’s a few frames from some test rolls. The color negatives were developed and scanned by a local lab, the b&w shots were hand developed and scanned at home.


 

Zorki 4 35mm rangefinder w/50mm f/3.5 lens  – Fomopan100, Kodak Tri X, and Portra 160

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