Chris's camera pages
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.
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.