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Stereo Overview Zorkii review


Another stereo set. This time from KMZ for rangefinder cameras Zorkiy.

I already have a review on a similar device for rangefinders Kyiv. Of course, KMZ could not but release its own version.


The KMZ and Arsenal sets were produced at about the same time, although I have no data on the release periods for either.

My set is dated 1958. Viewing photos on the Internet showed that there are still options from at least 1957 and 59.

The set is designed for devices with non-combined range finder. These are Zorkiy, Zorkiy-2, Zorkiy-S and Zorkiy-2S. The last model of this line, the Zorkiy-2S, was discontinued in 1960.

Accordingly, the further release of stereo sets after 1960 no longer made sense.

At the beginning of the release, it is more difficult to say something definite. But most likely this is the area of ​​1956-1957 after all.

The Vigilance set does not have any name or abbreviation on its own. Simply "Stereo-photographic kit".
It seems that now the set for Zorkoy is a little less common than for Kyiv. Although the latter also comes across infrequently.

I have a slightly incomplete version. There is not enough frame-mask for printing stereopairs.

The manufacturer supplied the entire kit in a hard case. Moreover, in this case there was also a place for a camera, which was not included in the kit. Of course, all the accessories did not fit into the case at the same time as the camera. But this is not necessary. The user took out the print frame and the stereoscope and kept it at home. And Zorky with a folding lens put them in their place.




This is a very convenient solution, because. Arsenal, for example, offered to carry the camera and stereo attachment in separate cases.

The KMZ stereo attachment, like the Arsenalovskaya one, is attached not to the lens, but to the body of the device. True, Kyiv has an external mount, which is very useful for attaching the attachment.

With Zorky, such a trick will not work.



But the nozzle must be oriented strictly along the optical axis of the lens. Therefore, the variant from KMZ is rather cumbersome.



The base of the mount is a trough-shaped base, into which the apparatus is inserted with the lower part and fixed with a screw in the tripod socket.



A rather massive V-shaped bracket is also extended forward from the base, on which, in fact, the nozzle is fixed.

Thus, the attachment is held in front of the lens without touching it.

The kit can be used with both a folding lens and a non-folding one.

Inside the nozzle there is a system of mirrors, which allows you to reduce the image from the two front windows, spaced to the sides by about the width of human eyes, into one frame.

The image produces two images on the left and right, separated by a black vertical stripe. Each image is taken from its own angle.

To improve the stereo effect, we recommend photographing objects at a distance of no closer than 1.5 meters. It should also be borne in mind that as the distance increases, the effect also decreases.

When shooting, the device should be oriented only horizontally, but the pictures on a stereo pair are obtained vertically.

In order for the photographer to correctly compose the frame, the set includes a special detachable viewfinder.

The rangefinder of the camera remains fully functional.


A special frame was included with the device for printing photos from frames with a stereo pair. Unlike a similar kit for a Sputnik camera, in this case printing is done not by contact, but by projection. The size of photo paper used was 9x12 cm.



To view the pictures in the kit was a branded stereoscope. It is more compact than the Arsenal variant and folds into a flat design rather than disassembled into a bunch of parts.



In the past, I've been experimenting a little with making and viewing stereo shots. Now I will not repeat myself. If interested, take a look here:
— SKF-1 for Zenith cameras
— Stereo kit Kyiv (FC-SK1)

Let me also remind you that the Soviet photo industry also produced specialized stereo cameras that did not need any prefixes. For example, Satellite or FED-stereo.

That's all I have

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