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Zenit ET: A Camera I Grew Up With

This is a review and testimonial to my faithful Zenit ET. For many years it was and still is a great friend and companion.

I inherited Zenit ET from my father. This faithful camera has been recording my life for almost 30 years now. When I was a little girl, my father used to take photos all the time. He also developed films and made prints by himself. I am really grateful to my father and Zenit ET for capturing the most beautiful moments of my childhood.

When I grew up, sometimes my father let me and my boyfriend (now husband) borrow his Zenit ET. We always had to swear that we’ll be very careful. I am glad that we were.

When I turned 24 my father gave me his Zenit ET for my birthday. I started using it when I turned 28. I still don’t understand, why on earth it took me so long.

Zenit ET was my first camera and my first teacher. I learnt everything the hard way. Mistakes and disappointments visited me quite often. On other hand it was an adventurous journey. Zenit ET took me where I am now – I can’t imagine my life without photography.

Zenit ET was produced between 1982 and 1993 with quantity of 3,000,000. They were supplied with Helios 44-2 lens.

These are Zenit ET specifications:

  • Aperture: f/2 – f/16
  • Focus range: 0.5-10m, +inf.
  • Shutter speeds: 1/30s-1/500s + B
  • Exposure meter: uncoupled Selenium cell lightmeter
  • Self timer; Hot-shoe; Tripod socket

If you ever find Zenit ET, don’t hesitate and buy it! I think it is a wonderful, reliable and smart camera.

Information and product photo for this article were taken from Camerapedia.

22 comments

  1. simonh82

    simonh82

    Great review and some absolutely beautiful photos.

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  2. alex34

    alex34

    Agree on the beautiful photos. Does the selenium light meter still work?

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  3. lighthouse_keeperess

    lighthouse_keeperess

    Thank you for lovely comments!!!
    @alex34 Yes it does! I use it every time I take a photo (sometimes I overexpose my photos; on purpose though). My father told me to keep camera in its case if I´m not using it and avoid dust. I think these are the reasons why it´s still alive.

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  4. alexzenit

    alexzenit

    This is a great article! I have a Zenit EM that was given to me by my father and I absolutely love it. I only wish my photographs were as good as yours!
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  5. lighthouse_keeperess

    lighthouse_keeperess

    Thank you @alexzenit! You are very kind!

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  6. droogieboy

    droogieboy

    I found your account of the history of this camera in your family a moving testimony to the power of photography. Great photos too

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  7. ponz

    ponz

    this article is so beautyful!!! really loved it. makes me want to write down the story of my ftb!!!

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  8. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Wonderful article and fantastic photos. Thank you for sharing your father's photos too. It is a testament to the longevity of the camera.

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  9. lighthouse_keeperess

    lighthouse_keeperess

    @droogieboy, @ponz, @neanderthalis, thank you thank you thank you so much!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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  10. plyshbel

    plyshbel

    Great review and photos! My father also took pictures with Zenit E(which is pretty similar to Zenit ET) in glory Soviet days:)

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  11. abarusso

    Woah! Great photos! I loved the b&w one with the geese :D Great moment on picture
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  12. lighthouse_keeperess

    lighthouse_keeperess

    Thank you @plyshbel! I also had Zenit E! It is my all time favorite camera! Sadly it broke down last month, but I am thinking of getting a new one :)
    @abarusso, thank you so much! :)

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  13. screamverz

    screamverz

    Wow, what a Great story with beautiful Pictures.

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  14. lomodesbro

    lomodesbro

    a delightful photographic gallery and camera testimonial

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  15. egor_post

    egor_post

    very nice photos!

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  16. phantomphoenixphotos

    phantomphoenixphotos

    Time and time again, I come back to this lovely article that features the Zenit ET. This article serves as an inspiration to me and my Zenit ET. :)

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  17. nuhdos

    nuhdos

    I'm in love with Zenit cameras. This article is so beautiful, the story and also the photos.

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  18. agentmushroom

    Zenit Et is realy great :) It makes beautiful photos
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  19. agentmushroom

    Zenit Et is realy great :) It makes beautiful photos
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  20. agentmushroom

    Zenit Et is realy great :) It makes beautiful photos
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  21. af-capture

    af-capture

    great history...lovely pics

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  22. gepo1303

    gepo1303

    Divine photos. Can't wait to visit Reykjavik next Easter with my girlfriend. We'll need a lot of films I think...

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