Zorki 4k re-visited …….

Zorki_HP5021-EditI have had my Zorki 4k and Jupiter 8 50mm f2 for ages but I have only put 2 rolls of film through it.

I don’t know why I have not used this camera more as it handles great and the results from the the 1st 2 rolls were also very pleasing.Zorki_HP5022As with my first attempts, getting the framing correct is still a bit hit or miss especially if trying to frame pretty tight.Zorki_HP5016So I have to leave plenty of space just to make sure I get the shot but thats not really a huge problem.Zorki_HP5014HP5 shoots great with the Jupiter 8 giving quite smooth out of focus areas while still getting great contrast which is what I like about HP5.Zorki_HP5010I am going to try to shoot this camera much more from now on and I have been looking on eBay for a nice lens hood as the lens is prone to quite a bit of flare.Zorki_HP5007Zorki_HP5008 Zorki_HP5011 Zorki_HP5020-EditZorki_HP5018Thanks for looking

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Another camera added to my collection……..

img020You can never have to many cameras, well thats what I believe anyway.

I picked up a lovely Kiev 4 this week from my favorite camera dealers West Yorkshire Cameras.

img023It came with a 135mm f4 and a Jupiter 8, 50mm f2 lens which surprisingly is reasonable sharp wide open, both the shots above were taken at F2 using ilford HP5.

The only problem I had when first using it was the arrangement of the rangefinder window as it is where my hand goes to fire the shutter instead of over the lens like other rangefinders I have tried.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI popped out for a walk to give the camera a run out.

It has a selenium meter but after a quick glance at the manual to try to understand how it works I got a bit lost so I used my Zeiss Ikon Ikophot lightmeter instead.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe camera was a joy to use as long as I remembered not to put my finger over the rangefinder window, the focussing was very quick and easy due to the really bright viewfinder.

img006I tried most of the shots at f4 to f8 as it was rather bright and the shutter only went to 1/1000 sec.img005I was extremely impressed with the sharpness and contrast from the lens from f4 and up.img015 img014-EditAnd even at f2.8 the look I got was really nice, I am so pleased with this camera.

I love my Zorki 4k but this really puts that in the shade especially when trying to focus in low light.

I cannot use the 135mm yet as I need an external viewfinder but the 50mm is so good I am not in a rush to get one yet.img013Thanks for looking

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Zorki 4k with Cheap Agfa 200 film……..

Zorki 4k-020I saw that my local pound shop were selling new rolls of Agfa 200 iso film at £1 a roll (obviously) and picked up a load just to use when testing any old camera I pick up.

I loaded up the Zorki 4k and went out looking for anything slightly colourful on a really drab day here in the South Wales Valleys.

Zorki 4k-008After developing the film and scanning it in I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Agfa film performed, there was a slight magenta look to the images but apart from that I was pretty pleased with the overall look.

Zorki 4k-024I am getting used to using the Zorki’s viewfinder and managed to not cut off anything and also getting the focus spot on even at f2.8.

Zorki 4k-015I think another visit to the pound shop is in order and stock up on a few more rolls is in order this weekend 🙂

Zorki 4k-012Zorki 4k-030 Zorki 4k-023 Zorki 4k-021Thanks for looking………….


Zorki 4k & Ilford HP5+……..

Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img010A week or two ago my wife got me a Zorki 4k for christmas so before she wrapped it up I insisted on putting a roll of film through it just to make sure all was well.

We bought the camera from West Yorkshire Cameras who specialise in affordable film cameras, I must say that they are great lads and highly recommend that if you are interested in film photography to pay them a visit.

I have bought numerous things from them and their service is excellent.


I used some Ilford HP5+ and processed it in ilfotec DDX.

The viewfinder was reasonable bright considering its age and even though the weather was poor focussing was not really a problem but I did find that composing in the portrait format was hit and miss as I am used to an SLR.

Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img007I just took a load of random shots using the light-meter app on my iPhone to set the exposure and was pretty pleased with what came out.

Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img008The 50mm f2.0 Jupiter lens was pretty sharp when stopped down a little but still looked nice at f2.8 as you can see with the first shot of the barbed wire fence.

Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img013I am pleased that after shooting the first roll all seems well with the camera and I am looking forward to trying a bit of street photography with it.

Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img012 Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img019 Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img016 Zorki 4k- HP5 - ilfotec DDX img006Thanks for looking

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