Monday, September 10, 2012

Incredible Russian Cameras

I know I've raved on before about certain Russian made Soviet era lenses and cameras, and I do really favour the Russian made M42 thread-mount lenses, although the Pentax Takumar (all series) I really like just as much, especially as they tend to be more compact and lighter. This time, a picture caught my eye on Flickr, which was taken by a Russian made Zorki-4, which was the camera that got me back into photography as a visual art. Here's that picture:


I emailed Emanuele to get his permission to use this here, and he was fine with it, as long as I linked to his Photostream to give him full credits, here.

I thought - what an amazing picture! There's just no getting around it- this was carefully composed and worked out by a fine, enthusiastic photographer - and do check out the rest of his photostream!

As for me, well, in spite of my total commitment to digital (I sold my Zorki), I can honestly say that I've never been able to take pictures with my digital cameras quite like I was able to do with my Zorki-4 and Jupiter lenses. Here's my own set of Zorki-4 Pictures again. The old Zorki gave me an enthusiasm for photography which I'd never had before, simply because there was some kind of magic in the results I was getting. No film or digital SLR has ever given me the same qualities, and other than my rather lame explanation given here, I can't really explain why the Zorki gave me more magical results than, say, the Russian built Zenit-11 I had for awhile, or any of the Pentax, Praktica or Canon film SLR's I'd also tried. Is the magic in the eyes of the photographer, or is it in the Rangefinder camera? Perhaps it's a combination of both - as a photographer, the real business starts to happen when you begin to see the world in the same way your camera sees it. Maybe Rangefinder cameras make this easier to do somehow? I just don't know.

Anyway, I extend my congratulations to Emanuele for all his fine work - he is a good study in my opinion!

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