Zorki-3M

(6 customer reviews)

$209.00

Zorki-3M

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Description

 

The Zorki-3M was introduced in 1954 as an improved version of a Zorki-3. This is an early example of the Soviet version of the screwmount Leica with the elements of the Leica M series.

 

Zorki-3’s design of 1951 was a real breakthrough in the soviet Leica . It was slightly larger than Zorki, but it had many new features that Zorki/FED lacked – a bright, large, combined RF/VF, a removable back, a dioptric adjustment of the viewfinder, a set of slow speeds and a high quality fast lens – Jupiter-8. The body and the back were cast and rigid. The camera also has a nice flip-up foot, like in Contax cameras. The 39 mm Leica thread mount was preserved, so Zorki-3, as any Zorki rangefinder, is fully compatible with the LTM lenses. The slow speed mechanism was obviously “borrowed” from Leitz (Leica IIIf), the actual delay mechanism was located at the bottom of the camera and coupled with the shutter controls with a long rod. The shutter had two dials – on the top of the camera for the fast speeds, and second – on the front for the slow speeds. The Soviet version of this design did not work well, needed a service more often comparing to the usual Zorki. And Zorki-3 acquired a reputation of an unreliable camera.

 

By 1954 a new delay mechanism was introduced – it was located under the top
plate and all speeds were set by the same dial. Zorki-3 became Zorki-3M.

 

Around 1955 all the cameras made by KMZ and FED were fitted with a flash synch mechanism (Zenit-S, Zorki-S, FED-2 type b), and so was Zorki-3M, which became a Zorki-3S. A self-timer was added to this camera in 1956 and it finally became a Zorki-4, which was a very successful model with over 1.7 millions copies made from 1956 to 1973, and after that over half a million Zorki-4K’s made in 1972-1978. Zorki-4K was the last RF made by KMZ, and outlived Zorki-5 and Zorki-6.

 

 

  • Shutter speeds: B, 1-1/1000, all on one dial.
  • Lens: Jupiter-8, 50/2, coated, Zeiss Sonnar copy in LTM. Early version with a focusing lever. The camera accepts and RF couples to any Leica threadmount lenses.

 

 

 

This Zorki-3M was made in 1955, it is in exc- condition.
The covering and chrome surfaces are clean. The viewfinder and rangefinder are
clear and sharp. The shutter is working well at on all speeds.

The camera comes with a take-up spool.

The Zorki-3M is a great user and a nice and uncommon collectible camera. Together
with a Zorki-3, only 87,569 copies were made. I do not know if this model was
ever exported, but I doubt it.

 

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

6 reviews for Zorki-3M

  1. Tony Muccitelli

    Fast delivery! A very smooth clean operating camera!

  2. Marlon Beltran

    This is another great-handling Russian Leica that is very similar in feel to the Fed 1g. It’s a little larger than the Fed 1g, but not much more. Of all the F.S.U. cameras, the Zorki 3M has the smoothest and quietest shutter I’ve ever used; reminding me of an M2 I once owned. The Zorki 3M has a 1 second shutter speed on the low end, and 1/1000th of a second on the high end. It also has a viewfinder diopter adjustment and what appears to be a 1:1 viewfinder. I also like that fact that one doesn’t need to cut a long leader to load the film, as the back detaches from the body. This is the best that Zorki ever made, in my opinion. I only wish Yuri had a new-in-box to sell.

  3. Gilbert Steindorff

    My 1955 Zorki-3M arrived in mint condition; it appears to have spent the last 54 years wrapped in cotton wool and tucked away in a drawer. The shutter speeds are dead-on (as metered against my Nikon D200), the finder is as clean and bright as one could reasonably expect, and the included Jupiter-8 (also a 1955 model) is perfectly clean with a silky-smooth focus and aperture ring. The 3M is a pleasure to use, and the J-8 renders images that are tack-sharp in the center yet retain an etherial, dream-like quality around the perimeter of highlights, even when stopped down to f5.6.

    I am still surprised by the fit and finish of the camera. These machines are not “Russian Leicas;” they are their own creatures, and possess their own unique soul. Yuri provided a rock-solid specimen, and I would not hesitate to order from him again.

  4. Eugene Szolis

    This is a fantastic model. I have a FED 1, 2, 3B, Zorki 1, 2C, I have had FED 3A, 5C and this one is made to a higher standard than any of them. Even the knobs are turned better. The VF is super bright and clear, the shutter actuation is smooth. It is simply beautiful! Much more than a collector piece it’s a brilliant user.

  5. Donald Walters

    Yuri had to search to find a 3M for me. It took a while but he found one, had it CLA’d, and then sent to me. It’s a fantastic camera with a fantastic lens. I love that big bright viewfinder.

  6. Yi Wen

    This camera is very enjoyable to use. Its large viewfinder stands out. Advance knob can be turned with one finger. Quite a pleasure.

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