My Zorki 1 from 1955 does smell old, but the shots show no age!!!
I’m not too familiar with Russian Cameras, but in St Petersburg, I was given a chance to choose from 6-7 cameras and I chose the Zorki to be my new companion.
The cameras is made in 1955, and the lens is 1953, so it really is an old camera and does smell funny :) I must say it’s the most complex camera I own yet.
Zorki lets you choose an apperture between 3.5F to 16F, and the shutter speed ranges from 1/500 to B. So it seems easy to use. But when you get to focus, you have 3 viewfinders in the front and 2 viewfinders in the back. One of them is to see what you are shooting obviously. But the other in the back is connected to the 2 round viewfinders in the front so you do your focusing seperately.
One more thing before we get to the shots, you need to pull the lens forward and lock it in place in order to shoot anything.
But other than the complexities and the camera being old, it does shoot really well!! I wasn’t expecting such crisp shots!!! My first choice in film was a B&W and I’ll be trying it with color soon as well!!!
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