Zorki-6 with Jupiter-8 Lens

Russian Leica Type Camera, Zorki - 6

The 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 cm, 1:2.
  • Crank winding lever (introduced in Zorki-5)
  • 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's by the Krasnogorsk plant (KMZ).

This Zorki-6 comes with a take-up spool (built-in).

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.

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