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Zenit-E Russian (Soviet) 35mm SLR Camera (1967-1981)

September 3rd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Zenit-E Russian (Soviet) 35mm SLR camera This is a pretty cool camera, made during Soviet-era Russia. The Zenit-E was produced by the Krasnogorsk Mechanical Factory (KMZ – Krasnogorski Mechanicheskii Zavod) near Moscow starting in 1967. It is a fully manual SLR with a selenium light meter above the lens. The available shutter speeds range from 1/30 to 1/500 s, with bulb setting and cable release for long exposures. The flash sync speed is 1/30s. It is rugged and reliable. It was a popular camera because of its low price.

The lens shown with this camera is Helios-44-2 42mm screw mount 58mm f/2.0 lens. This particular camera was made in 1978 based on the first two digits of the serial number on both the lens and body.

The camera remains popular today and gets great reviews. Although film photography is not as popular today since digital has taken over, there are many fans, new and old, who like this camera! I haven’t tried it out yet but will post photos when I get the chance.

Here are some more photos of this camera:

Related links:

Zenit-E camera in Wikipedia

Zenit-E on Camerapedia

Zenit-E Antique Russian Cameras

Zenit users on Flickr

Soviet and Russian Cameras

Click here to check out more images of vintage cameras in my growing collection on Flickr!

  1. September 10th, 2010 at 21:58 | #1

    For the help please use http://www.google.com

  2. November 15th, 2010 at 03:52 | #2

    Congratulations. My father taught me the basics with this one and I just got an used one from E-bay. It all works, I am very pleased.
    Nice article, thanks!

  3. November 15th, 2010 at 15:26 | #3

    I’m looking forward to trying out mine soon too!

  4. roy
    December 14th, 2010 at 18:38 | #4

    This was my first SLR and I had an Olympus Pen S before that couldn’t change lenses on and bought the Zenet E .The camera was built like a Russian Tank and was as heavy as one too. The pictures were stunning , sharp , excellent contrast and colors. The lense was a manual stop down diaphram and not metered with the body so it was like using a seperate meter. Yes,,it was a Tank but the price was right for me then. After about six months I sold it and bought a Pentax Spotmatic SP and went on to become a Pro Photojournalist and now use mostly Nikon Digital . The old Zenit got me started into Photography and opened doors to a whole world that I cherish to this day. I kept the 58mm f2 lense for years on my desk as a reminder of what I used at my start.

  5. December 14th, 2010 at 18:47 | #5

    That’s a great story! It seems the Zenit-E was an important camera for many photographers.

  6. December 24th, 2010 at 14:10 | #6

    I still use it. Great camera – I love the plain glass
    without microprism, without fresnel lens, without split image, and
    … without exposure meter inside, so I can concentrate on the
    composition only!

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