Zorki 4 - Not a Leica, Sucka!


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.

Image from Wikimedia Commons

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 happier. 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!

This article was written by nicksholga.

written by nicksholga on 2009-08-24 #gear #russian #35mm #rangefinder #review #zorki #zorki-4 #lomo #friend #classy #leica-copy


  1. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    sweet camera, sweet gallery, sweet text!

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

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

  3. severin
    severin ·

    nice shots nice review

  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:)

  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!

  6. masha_njam
    masha_njam ·

    SUCKA :))))

  7. sibu_sen
    sibu_sen ·

    Really good, makes me want to buy one!

  8. lazara
    lazara ·

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

  9. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent gallery !

  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.

  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...

  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!

  13. pushkar
    pushkar ·

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

  14. solitary_man
    solitary_man ·

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

  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 :)

  16. fotolomocy
    fotolomocy ·

    This probably would be my next camera...

  17. dan_bahrami
    dan_bahrami ·

    I've nice Zorkis in the Ebay from Ukraine. but am not sure about import tax in Netherlands. does someone knows about businesse relation between Ukraine?

  18. teachermatt
    teachermatt ·

    I have a Zorki 4. I love the way it feels, and I like the handling of it. The speed dial is a bit misaligned, but serviceable. My biggest thing with it is that the photos always look washed out. Using the same developing service I always do, based on a light meter I always use with everything else, it doesn't matter how over or under exposed the photo comes out, they always seem kinda flat and washed. Not a bad thing necessarily, but a quirk for sure. Makes everything you shoot look 50 years old. Lens, BTW, is a Jupiter 53/2.8. The shots look a whole lot like yours, quality wise. Maybe it's the Russian glass?

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