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Carburo
11-02-2004, 06:04
I've bought a beautyful ZORKI 4.

Yes, I'm going to update my signature ;)

Two questions:

- What is that ring that stays around the time selector? It rotates and has a scale from 0 to 25.

- The focusing thread of the INDUSTAR 50 f/3,5 is a little *dry*. It need a little greasing.
Is it a DIY operation?
Can you explain me how-to? I've never opened a lens.

Thanks!

By the way: it seems to me that Zorkis are tougher than many FEDs. It seems like a tank!
Is it true in your experience too?

pshinkaw
11-02-2004, 06:18
The small dial with numbers from 1-25 is the flash synchronization adjuster. The numbers represent milliseconds of delay after the first shutter curtain opens and before the flash triggers. It was necessary back in the days when photographers had access to electronic flash and many diferent kinds of flashbulbs.

I believe that either 1 or 0 (zero) if it is present, is the correct setting for electronic flash. Howver, I can't vouch for the accuracy of the settings, so it may be best to experiment a bit.

Which I-50 lens do you have, the fixed mount or the collapsable? They can both be lubed DIY, buit the procedure may be a little different. I have only done the collapsable one myself.

-Paul

Carburo
11-02-2004, 06:35
Originally posted by pshinkaw
The small dial with numbers from 1-25 is the flash synchronization adjuster. The numbers represent milliseconds of delay after the first shutter curtain opens and before the flash triggers. It was necessary back in the days when photographers had access to electronic flash and many diferent kinds of flashbulbs.

I believe that either 1 or 0 (zero) if it is present, is the correct setting for electronic flash. Howver, I can't vouch for the accuracy of the settings, so it may be best to experiment a bit.

Which I-50 lens do you have, the fixed mount or the collapsable? They can both be lubed DIY, buit the procedure may be a little different. I have only done the collapsable one myself.

-Paul

My I-50 is the fixed one, the one you see in the pic.

pshinkaw
11-02-2004, 06:52
I believe this one comes apart from the back and sides without disturbing the optical unit. I'll take a look at mine and see suggestions I can offer. Most of them are pretty straight forward. The biggest risk is destroying the rather fragile screws because they get stuck.

-Paul

Solinar
11-02-2004, 08:02
I believe that Matt Denton's web site has the information that you are looking for with regards to servicing the Industar 26.

http://homepage.mac.com/mattdenton/photo/cameras/industar_relubing/

pshinkaw
11-02-2004, 08:57
The KMZ I-50 comes apart a little differently from the Fed I-26 that Matt denton documents.

-Paul

Carburo
11-02-2004, 23:24
Yesterday evening I had a little time, and I decided to try it myself before reading your replies :p

It was veeeeery easy to do it!

Now it seem to have teflon gaskets :D

Perfect!

Thanks, however, I've put in my looooooooooong list of Soviet cameras favourites Matt's page.

dll927
11-08-2004, 13:56
Since do-it-yourself repair of cameras and lenses is generally frowned on in this country, it's interesting that it takes place for Russian cameras. But for most of the ones we are likely to buy, two things apply: a) there's no warranty, and b) they usually don't cost an awful lot. My guess would be that exchanging 'defective' equipment would most likely depend on the integrity of the dealer. I've read that a lot of Russian sellers are not necessarily camera specialists, but deal in various classes of antique or collectable goods.

Does a parachute come with a money-back guarantee??