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    OK so this more venting than seeking advice.

    After the crushing disappointment of the LX, I thought a Zorki 4k might sooth the burn, so stupidly I bought one. Again I was joyful as I unwrapped the box that came in the mail. Loaded a roll of film. Later in the evening I decided to waste a few frames to see what the shutter looked like when firing without the lens. To my horror (and then sadness) the curtains only partially opened and closed.

    Another day, another lemon.

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    ouch....is it returnable? or did you buy as-is?
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    Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt...

    Want one of my zorki's with the leaky seals? Or the graflex with bellows like a sieve? Or the Xenar lens that was cleaned with sandpaper? Or the....

    Deepest sympathies for your lemon. It's a fairly pretty paperweight anyway...

    Dan

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    I'm emailed the seller, best he can do is refer me to a repair tech. It wasn't too expensive so I'm not going to bother. It's just two strikes in a row, really sucks...

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    that stinks! I recently had purchased a rollei 35 that the viewfinder (it's the rangefinder)that's glass freely moves around in....lovely. it sits in a drawer now.
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    I gave a full refund for an AE-1 that didn't function properly.

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    I can shrug this one off and laugh. The LX was a bit more traumatic...at least got a refund on that one.

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    I've been wanting to poke and probe around inside a Zorki, do you have any plans to get rid of it? That might ease the pain some.
    Thy heart -- thy heart! -- I wake and sigh,
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    Of the bawbles that it may.

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    I always made it a practice not to buy used equipment I haven't tested, it might cost a bit more but I've had the majority of my cameras and lenses all of which were second hand for more than twenty years without a single problem.
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    I've fiddled with the shutter-curtain tensioning mechanism on a couple of Soviet rangefinders. The mechanism isn't terribly hard to adjust, though keeping all those little parts under control is a fiddly operation. If what you're seeing is a tensioning issue, I think it's worth getting in there to see if you can fix it.

    Fair warning, however: I made one of the cameras worse instead of better. But if the camera is functionally a doorstop when you start, how big are the risks really?

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