The Stereo Attachment Kit for Zorki cameras was made by KMZ in 1955-1960, and, according to J-L. Princelle, only “some thousands
were made”. This accessory is uncommon and is very difficult to find. It is a very desirable addition to your Russian camera collection.
The attachment is basically a set of prisms mounted in an aluminum alloy enclosure. A camera is attached to the baseplate of the prism assembly. A 24×36 mm frame now accommodates two images, 16×23 each.
- Image size: 16×23 mm (one half of the pair)
- Stereo basis: 65 mm
- Stereo basis on the film: 19 mm
- Closest distance to the object: 1.5 m
- The stereoscope is nicely made, it is adjustable and can be also folded
in a compact unit.
The Stereo kit was intended be used with the following cameras: Zorki, Zorki-2, Zorki-S, Zorki-2S. Of course, any compatible camera (like FED) can be used as well. I also used it with my Leica IIIa. The Leica IIIc has a slightly wider body and does not fit in the mounting shoe. Of course, Leica II and its derivatives would mount properly.
- Zorki Stereo Attachment
- Special Accessory Finder
- Folding Stereoscope
- Printing Easel
- Original factory passport with the serial numbers of the stereo attachment
About this particular set. It was made in 1957 by the KMZ factory near Moscow.
It is in exc. condition. The cement used to glue the prisms turned yellowish from time in some spots (it is still clean and transparent). I saw this with
all Zorki stereo sets I’ve seen so far (5). The stereoscope is clean and complete, shows little use. It has a nice and attractive crinkled paint finish.
Please note that the camera and lens are shown for illustration only and are not included.