I quite like my Zorki 4K (same as the plain 4 but with a winding lever instead of a knob - just a bit more comfortable for me). I had to have my local repair guy service it, though - the slow speeds worked intermittently, and after he fixed that, the shutter speeds stopped engaging at all after a random winding of the lever.
He told me to be very gentle with it after that Seems to work OK now, though. The Jupiter-8 is a fine lens (I use its cousin the 85mm Jupiter-9 in M42 mount on a regular basis), but for general shooting I prefer the somewhat sharper Industar 61 L/D. If you plan to shoot a lot of portrait-style shots, the slight softness and the bokeh of the J-8 might be preferable to you (if you shoot portraits with a 50mm lens - personal preference, but I prefer an 85mm focal length for that).
i can't wait to take a picture of my thumb with this beautiful camera.
- phirehouse, after buying a camera in the classifieds
To be honest, I never liked my Zorki4. I bought it to find out if I really like rangefinders. Due to the quirks (it worked somewhat reliably after several selfmade cla's but many speeds, esp. the slower, were always off) I couldn't find an answer. I found the answer when I bought a Leica M2 and the Jupiter 8 started to shine on this camera.
Just the other day someone asked me what is a Zorki for? I said a Zorki is for when the batteries are pooped out on your Nikon F5. It is also useful when the thousand words you wish to speak would benefit from being cyrillically enhanced and you are just plain sick and tired of speaking with Kanji characters...better it might be if you were to learn a bit of German.
It's pretty easy to relube those lenses. There's a fellow (Brian) here sometimes and over at the RFF posting as Lenshacker that has some posted web material on doing that, as well as other things to them.
His step-by-step instruction got me through re-collimating a J-3 for a Leica body and relubing the same lens while I was in there.
You may be very pleasantly surprized with the results from it, enough to rethink wanting the XA instead! Wish I remembered saving the links.
Jo (whose J-3 is sharp and contrasty enough for me to forget about a Summarit....also stops down to 22, as opposed to 16)
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Here in Afghanistan there are Zorkis - and Feds, Kievs and Holgas, etc. - in abundance (which is strange considering you can't find anyplace that develops film).
I've handled quite a few of them, as I expected to buy one as a souvenir of my time here. They are not very impressive cameras. I have yet to find one that I'd spend the $70 the sellers ask - and asking $70 means they'll take $35, but if you barter, you've got to buy so I don't haggle.