Zorki 6 or Kiev 3b?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by lewcio, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. lewcio

    lewcio Guest

    Which one would you choose?
    Which do you prefer when it comes to:
    - the viewfinder
    - build
    - controls
    - other?
    lewcio, Jan 25, 2005
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  2. This is "almost" the classic Leica Vs. Contax debate again.

    The "almost" is because, while the Kiev is a nearly perfect Contax
    clone/successor (some argue that it IS the Contax) the Zorki 6 is quite
    an evolution of the screw mount Leicas.

    My own take?

    The advantages & disadvantages of the Zorki 6 are as follow:
    + Wide based rangefinder (compared to Leica original) = accurate focussing
    + Leica style ergonomics
    + Film advance lever
    + Wider selection of available lenses (including the current
    - No slow shutter speeds between 1/30 and B - this would rule out the
    Zorki 6 for my use and why I prefer the Zorki 3 & 4, despite the fact
    that the rangefinders have narrower bases.

    The advantages & disadvantages of the Kiev:
    + Wide rangefinder base
    + Bayonnet lens mount (though I find it fiddly and actually slower to
    use than a screw mount. YMMV
    + Probably more durable and reliable
    - Zeiss-Ikon ergonomics. Some love it, most hate it. The main reason why
    the Leica was more successful, even though the Contax was technically
    superior and had better lenses (both the Kiev & Zorki use excellent
    Zeiss designed lenses).
    - Fewer available lenses (while Cosina/Voigtländer does make Contax
    mount models, they are rarer and more expensive)

    Summary: The Kiev is great if you feel comfortable with its ergonomics
    and don't want to buy extra lenses like super-wides, ect.

    The Zorki is *in my opinion* a better user, but I'd go for a model which
    offers slow shutter speeds.

    You might consider my own Soviet favorite: The rarer and more expensive
    Leningrad. Think Leica M with a built-in spring motor drive...

    Have fun!

    Chris Loffredo, Jan 26, 2005
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  3. lewcio

    M. Guest

    Thanks for your input, folks!
    I am glad I asked.
    M., Jan 26, 2005
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