Zenit APK: A Reliable Russian Companion


Still looking for a reliable and so-called soulmate SLR? Here comes a Pussian powerhorse, the Zenit APK. It has such a strong, black-painted body with shutter speeds of up to 1/2000. What’s next? Read on!

I stumbled upon this camera a year ago when I’m looking for my next camera as I don’t think I can cope with the fact of having only one camera in my bag. I need something that I can control all by myself, and that’s when Zenit APK showed up on one of Malaysia’s online analogue camera dealers. He said that it has Pentax K mount, but I have no clue about it at all. So I did some research and bought it without thinking much (as it’s quite cheap). At first, I faced few problems regarding guessing the perfect exposure of the camera, thus I just set it to auto exposure. Few rolls were blank, but luckily, one roll produced images (though most of it were rubbish).

Changes it to Auto mode and all the pictures turned out like this

Then, I bought myself a Russian handheld and start shooting away. It amazed me with its brilliant technical aspects, as it has 1 – 1/2000 shutter speeds. The aperture may vary depending on the lens that you are using. I’m using the Helios 44k4 50mm f2 lens. I just realized that the camera has a built-in metering system (3 blinking LED – upper means over, middle means accurate, down means under) however, I find it unreliable as it kept giving me the same exposure even after I adjusted its ISO and aperture. I highly recommend you to use Russian lens so that you can obtain the swirl bokeh.

My first time using pure black and white film
Credits: analogmonolog

It’s powered by 4 cells of Mallory PX 625; UCAR EPX 625 types or 1 cell of Mallory PX 28; UCAR 544 types, however my local shop owner changed it to LR44 as he claims the other batteries are discontinued already or hard to find here. I rarely use it as it weighs about 0.77 kg but I’m totally impressed with the results of its photos. Does anyone here have the same camera with me? Please do share your experience with me as I heard that only 7000 units were produced.

Me and my Zenit APK

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written by analogmonolog on 2011-09-21 #gear #film #review #slr #russian-camera #malaysia #zenit #lomography #rare #film-camera #user-review #apk #pentax-k-mount #analogmonolg


  1. psychicd
    psychicd ·

    kencang kumpul piggies nmpk..

  2. shuttersentinel17
    shuttersentinel17 ·

    I just bought a Zenit EM Moscow '80 at London's Portobello market for £25.. Haven't try it out yet but hopefully the photos would turn out okay!

  3. analogmonolog
    analogmonolog ·

    all the best @shuttersentinel17

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