Here a Zorki, there a Zorki . . .
old Soviet Union was in high gear, the Communists made millions of cameras.
It was a good way to keep the masses employed. One Soviet plant began
cranking out copies of the German Leica II, called the FED, in the mid
1930s, part of Stalin's plan to industrialize the nation. After World
War II, another Leica-based brand -- Zorki -- was produced by Krasnogorski
Mekhanicheskii Zavod, better known as KMZ. Kiev cameras (Contax copies)
were made by Ukrainian-based Arsenal. Very few of these cameras got to
America until after the collapse of the USSR.
few words on quality:
Anyone contemplating using one of these cameras also should remember most are nearly 50 years old. Shutter curtains dry out and lubricating grease hardens. The best way to insure that the camera will work reliably to to have it cleaned and adjusted. (See RESOURCES and Links).
On the following pages I have
attempted to describe the characteristics of the various models. Bear
in mind, however, that much of the information comes from personal experience,
and is not based on factory records.Very little "official" information
is available and those of us who study this equipment sometimes disagree
on what constitutes a new model.