|KMZ Zorki 4, 35mm rangefinder camera|
KMZ Zorki 4, a Russian Leica II inspired camera. The Leica inspired many camera makers to copy its styling and mechanics, a whole museum could be devoted to these alone. The Zorki 4 came from the Krasnogorsk Mekanicheski Zavod (KMZ) which translates as Krasnogorsk Mechanical Factory in typical Soviet style. The same factory brought us the Zenit. The Zorki was one of the cheaper Leica copies, and still is, thus establishing its eligibility to be in this collection admirably. Made from 1956 to 1973, they are quite nicely made and finished, the whole back of the camera removes to get to the film - at this point some caution needs to be exercised as the take up spool is not captive. Places to avoid changing film would be boats, fields of long grass and rope bridges! Fitted with 39mm screw mount interchangeable lens and coupled rangefinder. Shutter speeds have to be set after winding on, or the indicator doesn't align correctly - a throwback to its Leica ancestry.
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