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31 Jul 2017 10:35AM
Great nostalgic capture, my Dad had one of these many years ago.
31 Jul 2017 10:37AM
Many thanks Sylvia!
31 Jul 2017 10:49AM
i too, have 3 Zeniths in the back of a drawer, not so old as yours.. will upload a picture of them soon
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2017 10:56AM
Top quality... Great image and content, Isabel GrinGrin
31 Jul 2017 12:16PM
Thanks a lot Leo and Isabel!
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
31 Jul 2017 6:58PM
I can feel the engineering!

This looks really old, but the non-rotating shutter dial suggests that it is newer than I think, or is a model that wasn't distributed in the UK... I wonder which? The lens also has a look of hte Sixties rather than the Eighties.
31 Jul 2017 8:06PM
Wow! A Russian Zenit.I have one, and I love it!
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
31 Jul 2017 9:49PM
Da, da, da. Not the German song folks. This looks like a USSR market model as the makers' name is in Cyrillic. Seventies?
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
31 Jul 2017 10:13PM
Now I think of it...Eighties... Seventies had shiny top plates. All black were fashionable in the Eighties...
1 Aug 2017 9:11AM
Many thanks dudler, MileJanjic and pablophotographer! Zenit - ET was produced between 1982-1993 with quantity 3.000.000.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
1 Aug 2017 7:25PM
Thank you!

The popular models in the UK were the Zenith B and E, though the meter on the E was of dubious usefulness and reliability. Otherwise, they had the reputation of being as durable as a T-38 tank (there was a rumour that they came from the same factory...)

A whole generation of British photographers started out with these - the better-heeled had Prakticas, and a few eccentrics (like me) had the good fortune to buy cheap, end-of-production Exa 500 bodies: mine had the f/2 Pancolar lens.

Three million cameras - not at all bad as a production run! I think that Zenit(h) cameras were less popular by 1980, because Japanese cameras were down around the 100 mark for something much more automated. Though ultimately less durable.
1 Aug 2017 8:00PM
Many thanks for your comment on Zenit(h) cameras, Dudler. I am in shock about your knowledges. My country Lithuania was in USSR, so we did not have a choice on cameras, and Praktica from the GDR was a fantastic camera for us by comparison with Zenit(h) because the exposure was longer than 1 / 30s!
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
2 Aug 2017 10:10AM
Yes - that 1/30 was the big drawback of the Zenit (in Britain, most had 'Zenith' engraved, though a few had 'Zenit' - and quite a lot had plates stuck over the name to brand them for shops - a company called Dixons sold them as the Prinflex!)

On the other hand, look how many pictures fail because people shoot at 1/8 handheld - so maybe the manufacturer did users a favour with the smaller rnage of speeds...
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
2 Aug 2017 12:35PM
I also had a ZENIT......loved it
2 Aug 2017 12:43PM
Thanks, Oliver!
Zydeco_Joe 15 84 1 England
2 Aug 2017 5:42PM
Never knew I was Well Heeled as Dudler put ... I started using a Praktica LTL3 many years back.
Nice image Zenonas
2 Aug 2017 11:34PM
Thanks Zydeco!

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