Zorki-3 is a 35mm film rangefinder camera made by KMZ and produced between 1951-56. This is the first major revision of the basic Zorki 1 body by KMZ with quantity 87.569 units (both with Zorki-3M). It is the first Zorki camera which has combined the rangefinder and viewfinder in one eyepiece.

There are 6 types and 8 sub-types of the Zorki-3 [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Some features[]

  • Lens: Jupiter-8 50mm f/2.0
  • Mount: M39 screw mount
  • Large combined viewfinder and rangefinder window
  • Shutter: focal-plane double cloth shutter, horizontaly moving
  • Speeds:
    • High speeds: 1/25-1/1000 +B, setting dial on the top plate
    • Slow speeds of 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10 +T (D), setting by a separate knob on the front of the camera [6]
  • Back cover: Removable back similar to the Contax/Kiev bodies
  • Diopter adjustment
  • Strap lugs

Notes and references[]

  1. Typing is as to Alexander Komarov in Fotoua You can also find serial numbers for dating of the cameras in this site.
  2. There is another former USSR cameras classification and info in SovietCams by Aidas Pikiotas
  3. There are usefull books about cameras of former USSR and have classifications also.
  4. Pages from the the book of former USSR cameras by Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin
  5. Discussion about clasifications in the books of Princelle and Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin in USSR Photo Forum
  6. You need to set the slow speeds dial on 1/25 for taking pictures with shutter speeds from 1/25-1/1000 and "B" (otherwise you can broke mechanism of slow shutter speeds).


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