One of the earliest 35mm SLR cameras by Russian camera maker KMZ, the Zenit-S was introduced in 1955. If you find the look and design of this camera very familiar, you’ll find out why in this installment of Lomopedia.
Introduced in 1955 and produced until 1961, the Zenit-S was a 35mm SLR camera made by Russian camera maker Krasnogorsk Mechanical Factory (KMZ). Also known as Zenit-C, it was an updated version of the first model launched in 1952. Like the original, the Zenit-S sported a design based on KMZ’s Zorki rangefinder camera: the rangefinder housing on the top of the camera was removed, then replaced with a plain ground-glass screen and prism. Like the Zorki, the Zenit-S was also a bottom-loader camera.
The Zenit-S was equipped with a sync contact for external flash. The C in “Зенит-C” stands for S, which in turn stands for Synchronized (flash).
Embossing on the front of prism:KMZ logo
Lens: Industar-22 (ИНДУСТАР) 50mm f/3.5; Other standard lens is Industar-50 50mm f/3.5
Mount: KMZ’s ZM39 screw mount.
Lens release: Simply screw counter clocwise
Aperture: f/3.5-f/16; setting: ring and scale on the lens
Focus range: 1-20m +inf
Focusing: Ground-glass screen, ring and scale w/DOF scale on the lens
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