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Zorki 4 - Not a Leica, Sucka!

A Leica on a shoestring. A classy Russian gentleman. The perfect travel companion. Zorki is everything you've ever wanted and more.

I buy a lot of cameras. It’s a habit. It’s an addiction. I have to say, I’ve never been as enamored with a 35mm camera as I have been with the Zorki 4.

Zorki isn’t easy. It’s fully manual, fully mechanical, and no light meters or batteries for anything. In other words it’s perfect!
If you don’t know anything about manual controls, just check out the sunny 16 rule and experiment from there. Easy as pie. As far as rangefinders go, the Zorki 4 is not only close aesthetically to the Leica camera it was copying, but it is also comparable in image quality too! (Don’t listen to the Leica enthusiasts who deny this, just see for yourself).

I brought this camera around while traveling because i wanted sweet but not too crazy travel photos. I couldn’t have been more happy. The camera feels great in your hands, and you always get people asking you how much you paid and where to get it and all that. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to get one with strap lugs it’s makes carrying it around a breeze. Although if you have the older one without strap lugs but a sweet brown leather case, it might hurt your neck a little more, but everyone will think you’re wearing a camera from Indiana Jones or something.

Zorki is an amazing camera and a great conversational piece to boot, give it a shot!

written by nicksholga

15 comments

  1. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    sweet camera, sweet gallery, sweet text!

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  2. dogma

    dogma

    sharp pictures! great review! need to try this baby!

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  3. severin

    severin

    nice shots nice review

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  4. plyshbel

    plyshbel

    Agree, nice review and photos! Vote for it.
    But IMHO there’s some discrepancy of word “Sucka!” (means ‘bitch” in Russian) in such a funny title with complimentary content of review:) Inflexion of title and use of comma and exclamation mark says rather of regret than joy. But say it again IMHO, IMHO, IMHO:)

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  5. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    i just saw this camera at a bargain store recently, hopefully it was a zorki 4 that i saw. I wanna get one! stunning images!

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  6. masha_njam

    masha_njam

    SUCKA :))))

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  7. sibu_sen

    sibu_sen

    Really good, makes me want to buy one!

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  8. lazara

    lazara

    oh that's a great gallery! and a great text :)

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  9. stouf

    stouf

    Excellent gallery !

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  10. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    I have one of these. It's a good camera. Wonderful photos. I posted an elaboration of the "Sunny 16 Rule" in tipster. Have a look. Lots of suggestions.

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  11. ishoothorizon

    ishoothorizon

    Perhaps it's because you do not have a Leica that you claim that the quality is better then a Summicron, pfff...

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  12. taylor-nose

    taylor-nose

    Yes! I just picked one up a few weeks ago and it's wonderful! A bit tricky, but the results are fantastic! Wonderful review and wonderful shots!

    almost 5 years ago · report as spam
  13. pushkar

    pushkar

    ive just ordered this camera.. cant wait... thanks 4 the tips

    about 4 years ago · report as spam
  14. solitary_man

    solitary_man

    Great article! Im a Zorki guy myself :) What lense did you use?

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  15. segata

    segata

    My 4 is proberly my most used and favourite camera I have, only issues Ive had is some slight stickyness of moving parts and the red numbers came off the speed ring, possibly down to poor storage by a previous owner, nice article btw :)

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