Russian Tzaritza: Zenit 11

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The elegance, class, style and especially joy a Russian companion can produce. A story about an old camera making it’s way directly into my heart.

I’ve always had a thing for vintage stuff and this actually was how I came across analogue photography. After shooting my heart away with different Lomography cameras, I wanted to face a new challenge. I had my eyes on the Zenit 11 due to the photos I saw that others produced with this magical machine. About a month before I actually ordered, the Zenit 11 sold out. I decided to go for the Zenit E instead and two days before I made my order, the Zenit 11, that I had my eyes on, was back in stock. Happily and excited I waited for the package to be shipped.

When I unpacked the camera, I realized that I definitely would have to read the manual first. The camera requires more knowledge about photography than the simple “Point & Shoot” cameras I was used to. I printed out this manual and carefully got to know it by heart to save me from blurred out images.

After a test film, I used a Foma 100 B/W Film 35mm which turned out amazingly.

I was stunned by the results, the unbelievable pictures the Zenit 11 would produce. Every time I pick up my films I’m totally excited. The lovely Zenit 11 has never disappointed me. No matter what film I would use, I’ve always been pleased with what I got back. I’m still thinking, what a good choice I made, more accidentally than thoughtfully.

My skills while using the camera improved a lot. Whereas pictures might be terribly over- or underexposed at the beginning, you’ll get used to it making use of the camera more often.

When you have had a digital reflex camera before, this will make things a lot easier, because you know about ISO, shutter speed and aperture. I personally do not know which shutter speed to use with what aperture. I actually estimate what could work out and apparently it works out quite well.

If you’re still keeping your eyes open to find an analogue Canon or desperately looking for another analogue SLR, pick the Zenit 11. I do have an analogue Canon I never use, because I’m so in love with my Zenit.

Let pictures speak with your fantastic Russian companion. Get your own Zenit 11!

written by wolkers on 2011-10-26 #gear #review #camera #11 #zenit #analogue #zenit11 #russian #slr #photography #lomography

4 Comments

  1. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    I love the kitties picture! :)

  2. wolkers
    wolkers ·

    :) Ahh thank you :) We had four kitten and named them after the Beatles. The one who was looking at me was George Harrison :D

  3. sudhashunmu
    sudhashunmu ·

    the black and white pics are superb ,the mood is awesome .....lovely composition

  4. wolkers
    wolkers ·

    Thanks a lot! :) I've uploaded some new b/w pictures I made with the Lomography Lady Grey film, if you're interested, they're somewhere in this album: www.lomography.com/homes/wolkers/albums/1748783-i-look-insi…
    (The other b/w pictures are also in this album, I just simply add any bw pictures there :D)

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