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1950 Russian Zorkit

By LexEquine
Capture of this vintage 1950 Russian Zorkit Rangefinder camera (circa 1950), which was manufactured in Russian factory to be similar to the renown Leica 3. No this is not my camera(question...maybe down the line). Photograph is "hot off my CF card," taken yesterday(with the owner's permission) at A & A Gaines Antiques, at the corner of Franklin & Spring Streets, in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. Hope that my image inspires the "photographer in you"...Peter Settings: focal length 30 mm ISO 100 Av f 2.4 ss 1/40 second Exp Comp -0.33

Tags: Still life General Close-up and macro

Voters: morpheus1955, gary_d, taggart and 20 more

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morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 12:18AM
Good morning Peter, wow what a wonderful classic camera, beautifully captured and presented.

gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
17 Sep 2010 12:35AM
A great shot, how things have changed. - gary
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
17 Sep 2010 12:37AM
THS would be fun to play with!

Great capture-- oNe for your museum collection!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
17 Sep 2010 12:38AM
60 years old. oldie for sure. Great shot.........Sandy
NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
17 Sep 2010 1:07AM
cant see the delete button Peter ,the one i use a lot.good shot lots of detail
17 Sep 2010 1:23AM
Dare you take a photo with it.
akhtarkhan 19 4 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 1:35AM
Hello Peter, Very good shot of an old timer. Well done. I think I did have one long time ago but thrown it in the metal skip. Didn't know how valueable it could have been. Just joking No Iam not that old to own one. Nice work again.
mishu78 11 Canada
17 Sep 2010 5:13AM
Great shot of this antique camera.My parents used to have similar camera.
17 Sep 2010 7:05AM
Nice shot! I have it was the first camera. Very good. One was uncomfortable charging the film he made from the bottom. That required quite a lot of time and skill.
Regards, Oleg.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 7:33AM
Interesting image and story to go with it.

I have a Zorki 4K (1970's); there is not a lot of difference between the two.
Loading and unloading film is a slow affair as you need to remove the base of the camera to do it. If you were lucky to get a good lens you had a superb rangefinder camera.

TonyWatson 11 1 England
17 Sep 2010 8:51AM
Well spotted Peter ~ Did you buy it?Smile
NobbytheNobster 12 33 5 England
17 Sep 2010 11:33AM
Great shot Peter, really nice old camera, captured well, like the colourful bg and dof.
Great stuff....Ricky.
nishchal 11 6 India
17 Sep 2010 1:32PM
Nice shot Peter.
Evgenya 11 Russian Federation
17 Sep 2010 7:11PM
Hello Peter. Great shot! In our family too was Zorki only 70 years of release.
18 Sep 2010 12:06AM
Fabulous image.
JimV 15 6 3 Canada
18 Sep 2010 3:20AM
As soon as I saw this it reminded me I have a Leica IIIA, so went and dug it out - haven't used it in over 30 years as I lost the viewing lens back then. This Zorki is almost a spitting image of it, will take a shot and post it soon, meantime this is a fine shot you have here Peter!
Rgds., Jim
PS. All the oddities mentioned by some above, are also features of it, like removing the bottom to load film Smile
DanielD 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2010 12:55PM
You've really touch me very deep inside of my memory - I've started to practice photography about 20 years ago with a wanderful Zorki 4. Whata time ... Great image - Thank you for sharing

19 Sep 2010 7:04PM
nice one, a good history lesson for me Smile

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