The Zenit E

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The very best thing about the Zenit E can be summed up in one word – Versatility – well, that or weight (and either way get your head out of the gutter boys). So it is heavy as heck, which is great for urban exploring as you can use it as a pretty bitchin weapon if the need arises. Aside from that it has all the bells and whistles, as much as any old Russian has bells and whistles. Aperture setting, B setting, shutter speed, manual focus but the best thing is that the SLR lets you look at your picture as you take it, like a 1970s digital almost, what you see is what you are gonna get, except in 1-2 weeks instead of 1-2 seconds, anyways I digress. As you can see with my gallery this allows you to get the macro distance correct every time for sharp close-ups, oh thank the lord! Works well with black and white, slide, redscale, or just your standard color 35mm. You can also work it for a crisp overall look or get super wacky field of vision with the blurry back and the sharp central image. You can even go ahead and throw on the Holga filters for fun, do what you do, the Zenit E allows you.

The very best thing about the Zenit E can be summed up in one word – Versatility – well, that or weight (and either way get your head out of the gutter boys). So it is heavy as heck, which is great for urban exploring as you can use it as a pretty bitchin weapon if the need arises. Aside from that it has all the bells and whistles, as much as any old Russian has bells and whistles. Aperture setting, B setting, shutter speed, manual focus but the best thing is that the SLR lets you look at your picture as you take it, like a 1970s digital almost, what you see is what you are gonna get, except in 1-2 weeks instead of 1-2 seconds, anyways I digress. As you can see with my gallery this allows you to get the macro distance correct every time for sharp close-ups, oh thank the lord! Works well with black and white, slide, redscale, or just your standard color 35mm. You can also work it for a crisp overall look or get super wacky field of vision with the blurry back and the sharp central image. You can even go ahead and throw on the Holga filters for fun, do what you do, the Zenit E allows you.

  • Built-in Selenium light meter
  • Instant return (flash) mirror * Adjustable shutter speeds 1/30-1/500 sec + ‘B’

*Compatible with the Zenit Fisheye lens

- kylethefrench

written by pan_dre on 2008-08-06 #gear #russian #deadstock #review #zenit-e

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3 Comments

  1. monkeyinthejungle
    monkeyinthejungle ·

    Great review. My dad recently bought me a Zenit-E from a bring and buy sale for £3, bargain it seems.

    I'm still very much learning the camera and am still working my way through my first film.

    Love your little gallery of photos, especially the first picture, the way you have the light shining through the tiny hole.

  2. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow...im loving this review...cant wait to get mine now, i just said i'd buy a Zenit E from someone for a fiver!

    im lookin forward to puttin a bit o' slide film in that bad boy!!!!

    cheers for making my day!

    T

  3. wilfbiffherb
    wilfbiffherb ·

    hey im having trouble loading film into my girlfriends zenit e. cant see how to get the film onto the take-up spool. any tips?

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