The Zorki was the second Leica II(D) copy produced by the mighty Soviet photo industry. Krasnogorsk plant joined FED in the "Leica" business in the late 40's. The very first Zorkis made by KMZ had FED engraving next to Zorki (named FED-Zorki, quite rare now). From the early 50's Krasnogorsk was on its own, and many successful LTM rangefinders were made until the glorious line of Zorkis was ended in the mid 70's.
Any Zorki RF camera accepts the whole range of Leica threadmount lenses.
The original Zorki evolved into Zorki-2, Zorki-S and 2S. Another line was started in 1951 with the Zorki-3 (3M, 3S, 4, 4K). Zorki-5 and Zorki-6 were in production for some time, but were outlived by Zorki-4 and 4K
This is the third version, type 1c (by
made in 1952.
This Zorki has an uncommon engraving in both Russian and English; this version
was made for export. Export models were subjected to more stringent quality
- Shutter speeds - Z, 1/20, 1/30/, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500.
- The lens is a collapsible Industar-22,
F=5 cm, 1:3.5, coated,
a copy of Leitz Elmar.
This Zorki is in EXC condition, clean and attractive. The leatherette is clean
and complete. The chrome is clean, no brassing, dings or dents. The rangefinder
and viewfinder are sharp and clear. The lens is also clean, the focusing is
smooth. The shutter is working on all speeds.
This Zorki comes complete with a take-up spool, a lenscap
and a nice leather case.
This camera also comes with the original passport, which states the exact production date and serial number of the camera. A true collector's delight.
The Zorki is a capable user and a nice and desirable collectible camera. You
can try any threadmount Leica lens with the Zorki body, and use its sharp Industar-22
with any screwmount Leica.