Leica Type Camera, Zorki - 6
Zorki-6 is one of the
less known Soviet Leicas. I consider it (and its predecessor Zorki-5)
as one of the best Zorkis ever made. It has a set of attractive features
and differs from an early Zorkis in the same way FED-2 differs from the
early FEDs. It features a new, wide base rangefinder combined with a viewfinder,
a dioptric adjustment of the viewfinder and strap lugs.
The Zorki-6 also introduced an
advance lever which replaced the traditional knob on early Leica copies.
Unlike the bottom loading
Zorki-5, Zorki-6 has a hinged back door and a built-in take-up spool.
Some people call it a Leica M3 copy, but this is a stretch. Nothing
I know comes close to a Leica M3.
As any Soviet Leica copy, Zorki-6
is compatible with the 39 mm Leica TM lenses.
- Shutter speeds - B, 1/30, 1/60,
1/125, 1/250, 1/500.
- Lens - Jupiter-8, F=5
- Crank winding lever (introduced
- Wide rangefinder base (same
as in FED-2)
- Self-timer (Introduced in Zorki-2S)
- Dioptric adjustment of the
VF/RF (as in FED-2)
- Combined RF/VF (as in Zorki-4)
- Shutter speed setting before
of after the film is wound and the shutter is cocked (as in Zorki-S)
- Hinged back door and built-in
take-up spool (introduced first with this model).
- 2 PC terminals - for electronic
flash and for a flashbulb (as in Zorki-5).
As well as any Soviet Leica copy,
the Zorki-6 is a rugged and precision camera, equipped with a sharp lens.
It is capable of taking advantage of modern films, and is simply a great
fun to use.
The camera was made in 1960 by
the Krasnogorsk plant (KMZ).
This Zorki-6 comes with a take-up
spool (built-in) and a leather case.
This is a great sample of this
classic rangefinder, a capable user and an uncommon collectible camera.
You can try any Leica lens on the Zorki-5, and use its sharp Industar-50
with any screwmount Leica.