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    Just bought a Zorki IV

    Came with a Jupiter 50mm F2 lens. In primo shape, I'm so excited! I wonder if the LTM lenses I use on my Bessa will work?? Ummm....

    Today I will shoot a roll of b&w 400 asa thru it and see what type of "look" I get with this lens. I hear it's not the greatest by todays standards, but then again, that's not what I'm looking for. Heck I could put a to small lens shade on it and pretend I have a Holga.
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    It's a fun camera.

    There are a few minor variants of the Zorki 4. The best are the oldest ones from the 1950s and early 1960s, with engraved shutter speeds and a vulcanite body covering. Mine is silkscreened and vinyl, but it's still fun.
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    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rose View Post
    I wonder if the LTM lenses I use on my Bessa will work?.
    Yes they will. The 50/2 Jupiter varies enormously in quality: I once had one that rattled, as an internal element flopped to and from (you could see the reflection move). The best are surprisingly good.

    Have fun!

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    I very much enjoy my Zorki 1 with it's collapsable Elmar copy lens. It's a joy to use, feels wonderful in my hand, and fits easily into just about any pocket you can find. I don't shoot a lot of 35mm film these days, but I still use it from time to time and certainly wouldn't get rid of it for anything.

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    Yes, you can interchange lenses between the Voigtlander Bessas and the Zorki's (except the Jupiter 12, which interferes with the meter on the Bessa).

    The Jupiter 8 can be very good. I remember developing some shots I took with one on a Kiev 4a. I was shooting wide open from across a conference room. When I developed the negs I could count the hairs on the speaker's hand where he was writing on a whiteboard. I also use one in LTM and don't notice an obvious difference in quality when switching between it and the 35/2.5 Skopar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP View Post
    I also use one in LTM and don't notice an obvious difference in quality when switching between it and the 35/2.5 Skopar.
    Wow that says a lot! I have been very impressed with the Skopar. It's snowing today so my shooting might have to wait a bit. We will see.
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    I have I zorki 4 also with a jupiter 8 also 12 made in 1977 sounds a a little rough but I get good results. These lenses seem to work fine with my leica 3f as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rose View Post
    Wow that says a lot! I have been very impressed with the Skopar. It's snowing today so my shooting might have to wait a bit. We will see.
    Sounds like perfect weather for a Russian camera.

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    I wonder if there s a way to find out the age of the camera using the serial number?
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    Eric,

    I believe that the first two digits of the serial number is the year of manufacture. 66=1966, 71=1971, etc.

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