Zenit E - From Russia With Love

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Classic Zenit cameras from the old Soviet days always produce quirky results!

Photo from: alfreklomp

Recently, I’ve been fascinated by Soviet-era camera gears. Maybe it’s their old-leathery smell, perhaps it’s the almost awkward aesthetic, for sure it’s not their reliability ! But anyhow, these cameras represent a time and place where profit didn’t matter as much as churning out enough quantity to meet the quota. The end product is quite quirky !

This is my 1st roll with a Soviet-era Zenith Model E camera. This particular camera has quite a history, it was purchased by my dad in 1980 when he traveled to Amsterdam. I remember childhood pictures taken with this camera. After the 80s, it’s been sitting in a box forgotten in our old house in China. After my mom heard about my fascination with antique cameras, she brought it back on a recent trip ! It was a bit dusty and worn out when I got it, but it was nothing a little aerosol can and super-glue couldn’t fix =).

written by alpinefd on 2010-02-19 #gear #review #zenit-e-fuji-velvia-pro-100

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6 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    She's pretty ! Nice shots, I especially love N°11 !

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Nice review and gallery, and I think no.11 is special, also.

  3. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    i wish my Zenit works properly...

  4. dogma
    dogma ·

    Great camera indeed! love that solid brick!

  5. paramir
    paramir ·

    nice gallery! nice little new friend you got there...

  6. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Nice article! I also use a Zenit E, I like to shoot with it because it gives a nice feeling and is a rock solid camera. However I am still puzzled on how to load a film properly in there!! My Mc Gyver's skills ended up by sticking the film on the roller but I guess there is a better way! Any tip there?

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