I decided to take my Zorki-1A for an outing yesterday, I headed for my local camera shop to buy some film. Actually,a brick of 40 rolls of film to be shared between my Zorki 1 and 4. As I was loading film on this bottom-loader,a conversation between a salesman,another customer and myself erupted. Both of them thought that I was loading a Leica II series. "No,it's a modified Zorki-1A with Leica Parts." I've told them that I took this Zorki to be used as an experiment to see whether or not Leica parts can be used. I've already bought a collapsible 50 mm Elmar in LTM,but it wouldn't go into infinity when I bought the body. I got the film loaded I was on my way. The other customer came up to me after I had left the store and started talking about my modification. One has to remember that the Zorki-1A did not have slow shutter speeds lower than 1/25. I've added a second shutter speed dial that would make my camera go down to 1 sec. and a self timer. The camera was extensively modified that the only Zorki parts that was left was the top cover with the diopter adjustment. We've changed cameras for a while, I was shooting with his Canon-7. He noticed that the film advance knob was smooth and that the camera seemed more refined and quieter. "Is it for sale?" he asked. "No,because it is the only Zorki-1A with Leica IIIc parts. I've spent $750 altogether on the camera plus the modifications." I replied. "O.k. then how does $,1200 sound ?" At this point, I knew I could not get this kind of money with film cameras in today's market. I accepted the offer. The Zorki-1A has lasted me ten years, hopefully my unmodified Zorki 4 can do the same.