> Feeling the need to try out a rangefinder with interchangeable lenses,
> and not yet *quite* ready to plump for the Cosina/Voigtlander Bessa R
> I've been promising myself...I bought a Zorki 4K off of eBay. Not
> much money, thought it would be fun to play with. Took forever to
> I *am* enjoying it! The camera arrived fairly clean - so clean that
> the shutter speeds had been scrubbed off the ring where they're
> printed (rather than engraved). Not a problem, I could make out faint
> traces and guess at the in-betweens. Oh, yes, and it...smells. I
> mean it smells kind of bad. I don't know why. Not a real problem.
> Just curious.
> Took a roll of Agfa Optima II ISO 100 at a local petroglyph field, and
> with the supplied Industar 50mm lens, the results were pleasing (even
> though the Industar's aperture setting dial rotates rather freely).
> Found a 'bargain' gen-u-wine Leica lens, thought I'd try it. Lens
> says Ernst Leitz Gmbh Wetzlar, Hektor f-13.5cm 1:4.5, and appears to
> be in clean, if dirty, shape.
> Noticed that the gen-u-wine Leitz does not have the Industar 'collar'
> to engage the rangefinder. Instead, it has a tab that sticks out. I
> carefully attempted to mount the lens - but it catches on the 'foot'
> that sticks out of the Zorki 4K body and will not 'depress' the tab,
> the 'slope' is too steep.
> I opened the back of the Zorki, ed the shutter, set it on "B",
> held down the shutter release, and carefully reached through the back
> to engage the Zorki 'foot'. It was not under tension and did not
> appear to have reached the end of it's travel, so I pivoted it enough
> (spring tension) so that the Leica lens would be fully ed in.
> Then I released the shutter, put the back on, and attempted to use the
> camera to rangefind. It appears that the rangefinder does not know
> what to do with this lens - it shows 'infinity' match when the lens
> itself is showing about 10 meters. OK, perhaps the lens and camera
> are not happy with each other. I dunno.
> So, I took the lens off. No problems there. Then, I put the Industar
> back on. Oh, oh. Now *it* doesn't rangefind correctly, either.
> Again, it seems to think infinity has been reached when the lens has
> about 10-20 meters cranked onto it.
> Did I break the Zorki? Not that it's a big deal, I just wonder what
> the heck I managed to do to it. I was careful, I didn't force
> anything or feel anything bend or break. Can't be *that* fragile, can
> Worst case scenario, I pitch the Zorki in the trash and keep the
> Industar lens and my new Leica 135 Wetzlar for when I finally plump
> for the Cosina/Voigtlander. But if any of you Leica (or Zorki) folks
> know what the heck I've done wrong, I'd love to know it, so I don't do
> it again!
> Best Regards,
> Bill Mattocks