The Zorki-5 is a less known Zorki model. Some collectors consider it (and its successor Zorki-6) one of the best Zorki ever made. The Zorki-5 evolved from the Zorki-2S : but with a longer rangefinder base, an advance lever instead of knob, and a combined viewfinder/rangefinder window, with an adjustable diopter magnification.
The Zorki-5 comes in two versions with 7 types.   The first version with a square rangefinder window and Industar-50 both collapsible or rigid lens. The second version is very similar to the Zorki-6. With a round rangefinder window and Industar-50 f3.5/50mm lens. There are at least 2 different body coverings.
- Engravings on the back of the top plate: KMZ logo, serial no. and СДЕЛАНО В СССР ( = SDELANO V SSSR = MADE IN USSR)
- Lens: "Tessar"-type KMZ Industar-50 (ИНДУСТАР) 50mm f/ 3.5 collapsible or rigid.
- Mount: M39 screw mount, filter slip-on.
- Lens release: simply screw anti-clockwise.
- Aperture: f/3.5-f/16, no click stops
- Focus range: 1-20m +inf
- Focusing: coincident rangefinder image focusing. Collapsible lenses have a focusing tab and scale on the focusing helical of the lens. Depth of Field scale; Focusing lever locks on infinity
- Shutter: horizontal travelling focal plane, rubberized cloth double cloth curtain; Speeds: 1/30-1/500 +B; setting: dial on the top plate, lift and turn.
- The shutter dial may be safely shifted to other values even if the shutter isn't cocked. This won't damage the mechanism of the Zorki-5 or any other Zorki without slow speed controls. A secondary dial within the dial itself has an index mark which can be used to reference the set speed.
- Shutter release: located on the cocking lever knob.
- Cocking lever: also winds the film, with a long throw, wide-arc stroke, on the right of the top plate.
- Frame counter: on the cocking lever knob, additive type, manual reset.
- Winding is more positive and shutter cocking will be less prone to error if two or more shorter strokes are made, instead of a single long throw stroke. Two shorter strokes are also easier for the hand than the long throw arc required to fully wind the Zorki-5/6 shutters.
- Viewfinder: coupled rangefinder/ viewfinder, blue rangefinder images, orange glass, very bright.
- Diopter adjustment lever: beneath the re-wind knob
- Rewind release: via a small knob beside the shutter speeds dial
- Flash PC sockets: two, bulb and X, on the left side of the top plate
- Others: Cold-shoe; Memory dial; Tripod socket: 3/8"; Strap lugs
- Film loading: bottom loading like old Leicas, it is necessary to cut the film tongue to make it longer; Bottom plate opens by a pop-up lever on it
- Engravings around the opening ring: 3aKP - ОTKP (= Zakr - Otkr = Close - Open). ОTKP is an abbreviation for ОТКРЫТЫЙ
- Special take up-spool, removable
- Body: metal; Weight:604g
- Serial no. first two digits correspond to the production year
| Zorki-5 type 6 (2nd model, 1958). The Jupiter 8 (in the photo) is not the original lens
image by Sidinei Lorenzi Jr (Image rights)
| Under the top plate, Russian fine mechanics
image by patrickhh (Image rights)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Typing is according to Alexander Komarov, you can also find serial numbers for dating of the cameras in this site in Fotoua
- ↑ There are usefull books about cameras of former USSR and have classifications also.
- ↑ Pages from the the book of former USSR cameras by Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin
- ↑ Discussion about clasifications in the books of Princelle and Suglob, Shaternik, Kochergin in USSR Photo Forum
- in Fotoua
- in Sovietcams by Aidas Pikiotas
- in Cameraquest
- Zorki 5 and 6 in Wayne Cornell's photography site
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