My lucky star has come out to shine at last. I've been searching for a
Zorki since I started the collection but they always go way beyond my
budget limit. This weekend I was out and about walking around Chippenham
looking in the charity shops and found a couple of half interesting
cameras but decided not to buy. Then as I came around a corner I noticed a
doorway to an "antique" shop so I popped in to take a look.
About halfway round the main showroom I came across a few cameras on a
shelf. Two were contemporary plastics and the third was in a black leather
case, which, at first glance I though to be yet another overpriced Zenit.
Why is it that all of these secondhand shops seem to think that Zenit are
or were a highly expensive camera. There was a Zenit E in one of the
charity shops I'd just been in, priced at 40 pounds, they're havin' a larf.
However, I digress, on closer inspection of this black case the name on
the front was Zorki so I opened the case to find an immaculate Zorki 4.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I looked at the price label and it said 10
pounds, this required no hesitation and I rushed to the payment desk
clutching the camera.
Finally I manage to get out on the road with this camera
and I can see why they are so heralded amongst rangefinders. The Jupiter
lens truly lives up to it's reputation producing some stunningly sharp
pictures with tremendous definition. I will admit that some of the
exposures are a bit off but that's something I need to get used to. This
will definitely go out with me again, next time I might get a chance to
try it with my Jupiter 11 135mm lens which I've had for over a year
waiting for a camera to use it on.