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fotomuda Posted - Jul 27 2022 : 4:47:45 PM
I think it is a fake, zorki logo is to deep engraved and good shape, lens nr is 16479, my zorki 1B lens is 13180. Bottom cover is not orginal. Everyting is strange.







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Vlad Posted - Aug 01 2022 : 09:54:05 AM
Hi Martti,

Sorry, I'm traveling, but my lens isn't original to this body, I bought it separately.

fotomuda Posted - Jul 31 2022 : 4:15:53 PM
Vlad, pleas share lens nr. and photo.
fotomuda Posted - Jul 29 2022 : 09:25:27 AM
Thanks Vlad, now now i'm even more confused. But your camera has also same wider engraving. Presumably, the body and the upper part are original, the lower part and the lens are wrong.


One interesting finding with accessory shoe
Vlads camera


And my camera



Vlad Posted - Jul 28 2022 : 4:41:47 PM
Hi Martti! Good to hear from you! the top seems fine to me, here's mine for comparison:






fotomuda Posted - Jul 28 2022 : 2:20:35 PM
Bottom and top don't match the body very well and the serial number font looks different to me as well. Also the lower cover is leaking quite a lot and the letters on the lower part have black paint inside.


Jacques M. Posted - Jul 28 2022 : 11:17:31 AM
Hi Martti,

At first sight, this Zorki 1a seems good.
It has a correct cover, with the good shape on the left. It can be compared to your early 1b as they are side by side.
The speed dial is the one of a Fed-Zorki = good too. Idem for the vulcanite. The release button, like the Feds and FZ ones, is good too once more.
As for the inside, bottom removed, the two-sided nuts seem correct (four-sided ones on the 1b-s).

But you have the camera in hands...

About the lens, you are certainly right. I have this same lens on two cameras: s/n 143 on my 1948 FZ 03278 and the s/n 8637 on my 1b 11072 (in fact, this last one is a cross-over, with a FZ speed dial...). Your 16479 is probably a bit too "new"...

Amitiés. Jacques.

uwittehh Posted - Jul 27 2022 : 5:41:49 PM
Hi Martti,

I know the seller (goodwind) from Italy. I have bought a "in very good condition" FED-Zorki some month ago...
The camera was in bad condition, speeds didn't work, shutter was broken and the I-22 Moskwa lens was a marriage of two lenses (barrel and focus ring). Not possible to adjust to infinty. But the top cover with the engravings look good to me.
Conversation with the seller was bad, he said he is just a collector and did not know about any problems. But, I mean as a collector you look twice if a camera is original or not...
I have restaured the camera, replaced the curtains, and have found a matching lens. Now it looks and works fine, but it was a lot of work.



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