I love my Zorki cameras. More specifically I love the Zorki 4 series, they just have all the right looks in my opinion. I first purchased a 1964 Zorki 4 for myself for Christmas in 2018 after reading all the reviews I could find. Opinions were divided on these cameras which is what I like! First I purchased the body for about $30AUD to make sure I liked how it felt. After I had decided I would keep it I bought an Industar 50 3.5 for it.
I shot 1 roll in this Zorki that worked great, the subsequent 3 or 4 roll slowly deteriorated until the 5th roll I shot came out pure white, indicating my biggest fear. My Zorki had died! I had read and heard from like minded Zorki shooters that 1958 was the year the quality control really declined in the KMZ factory so when my birthday rolled around in 2019 I used my parents present money to buy a mint condition 1957 model Zorki 4 with a matching Red P Jupiter 8 from the same year.
I couldn’t tell you why the red P versions are considered better because nobody can seem to agree online about what it means, but I have one.
It functions flawlessly and hasn’t failed me yet so it was the perfect choice for me to spend a lunch break down by the river pushing Ilford Delta 400 to 1600.
I haven’t read much online about pushing Delta. It seems people aren’t a fan of the grain structure. I don’t know why, it’s beautiful! I developed the roll in Rodinal for an hour as a stand development.
I could not be happier with the results, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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