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Zenit E

Manufactured through the seventies by Krasnogorsk, this 35mm SLR camera has an interchangeable lens (42x1mm screw mount) and a focal-plane shutter (speeds 1/30 to 1/500 sec & B). The camera has a delay-action, and an uncoupled selenium exposure meter. The lens supplied was either a Helios 58mm f/2, or an Industar 50mm f/3.5.

Zenit E

This example is an earlier production camera, and probably dates from 1968. The lens mount is 39mm, not the 42mm fitted to later cameras. The Industar-50 lens is in a bright alloy mount.

A Zenit E, bought in 1975, was my second 35mm camera, and my introduction into the world of SLR photography. I took a few good pictures with it too, until it got stolen by some rat-bag gatecrasher at a party one weekend.

Over the following years I owned one or two more Zenit E cameras so I could have two or more different films on the go at once.

Zenit E instruction manual on Mike Butkus' excellent website.

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