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Zorki 4 servicing?
Old 04-27-2019   #1
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Zorki 4 servicing?

Hi all, who would y'all recommend for getting a Zorki 4 serviced ?
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To be honest, none. But you could still try Oleg in Russia.
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Dear Colton,

I've not used his services but people here on the board have spoken highly of Oleg at OKVintage Camera. I know he is Russia and there is the cost of shipping to consider, but you'd probably have to pay shipping to anyone in the US or Canada too.

http://okvintagecamera.com/

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To be honest, none. But you could still try Oleg in Russia.
http://www.okvintagecamera.com/
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Dear Colton,

I've not used his services but people here on the board have spoken highly of Oleg at OKVintage Camera. I know he is Russia and there is the cost of shipping to consider, but you'd probably have to pay shipping to anyone in the US or Canada too.

http://okvintagecamera.com/

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Okay, thanks guys
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Old 04-27-2019   #5
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You can always try your luck with another Zorki 4 from a reputable dealer with a return policy, they are common and not expensive.
The only time I would want to get my personal Zorki 4 pro repaired if it has emotional/ familial /historical significance, or it was a pre 1966 model with the engraved shutter speed numbers, like my 1956 Zorki 4.. first year of that model and better made than the post 1966 models and even better made to the ones from 1960 onward.
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Colton, what part of the Zorki is needing service? There are many things that most any camera repair person could take care of, shutter curtain replacement maybe best to find a specialist.
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Colton, I think we could probably suggest the same guy for either repair or getting a replacement -- Oleg.

https://okvintagecamera.com/ocart/in...te=common/home

Oleg is a well-vetted repair dude and a member of RFF. I have only read positive things about him, never anything negative, and that's quite a feat in the internet age.

Oleg also sells FSU stuff. I think he has gone over and serviced much of what he sells too. His prices were good last time I looked.

Depending on what's wrong with your Zorki, the repair could be a DIY. I'm aware that you yourself might have a little difficulty with a repair, but I think there's lots of mechanical-minded folks around. I found FSU cameras fairly easy to figure out and repair -- especially with the information and tutorials now found online (Zorki Kat comes to mind). Perhaps you have a friend or family member interested in tinkering? What exactly is the problem with your Zorki?
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Zorki is very, very different from Zorki-4.
Anything after FED-2 is can of worms.
Any FSU RF is something you never know if you'll be able to put together. Crappy quality metal parts, soft threads might broke and you will need second camera for parts. This is why almost none of those who are dealing with LTM cameras are willing to touch FSU.
And this is why where are many on-line DIY, but most of them shows how to disassemble, yet never how to put it back together. And this is where real pain in butt comes with FSU. Put this "bucket of bolts" together... "Bucket of bolts" is common term for FSU quality and engineering.
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Colton, what part of the Zorki is needing service? There are many things that most any camera repair person could take care of, shutter curtain replacement maybe best to find a specialist.
For the most part it is just a light leak that I would like to get sorted out.
My 1957 Zorki 4 has become one of my very favorite cameras. It functions nearly perfectly. I would like (at some point in the future) to have it professionally serviced so that it might shoot a little better and continue to work for another 50+ years
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Side bar question: does anyone know if it’s easy to lubricate a Jupiter lens yourself? Mine is really tough and slow to focus on my zorki 4
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Side bar question: does anyone know if it’s easy to lubricate a Jupiter lens yourself? Mine is really tough and slow to focus on my zorki 4
Try here, it covers most of the russian LTM lenses: http://www.pentax-manuals.com/repairs.htm
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For the most part it is just a light leak that I would like to get sorted out.
Mine leaked a little mysteriously until I solved the problem by using black gaffer tape along all the seams between the camera body and the camera back. I suspect there's some minor misalignment in the camera back somewhere...
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Side bar question: does anyone know if itís easy to lubricate a Jupiter lens yourself? Mine is really tough and slow to focus on my zorki 4
Based on my own expirience, almost all RF lenses are easy to lubricate. If you are confident with reconnecting of focus helicoid tubes...
With FSU LTM RF lenses it is not as difficult as with some Leica RF lenses, it seems.

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