For quite some time now, I’ve been used to handling the Zenit 11 with a Helios-44M f2/58mm lens. Shooting some models require a much more higher manual camera versus a point-and-shoot, much like the LC-A or any other toy cameras.
Produced around 1981 to 1990 by the KMZ/BeLomo, Zenit 11 is 35mm a full-swing SLR manual camera that lets you choose the aperture and the shutter speed. Hailing all the way from Russia and covered in a rough metal black body, this camera is the last of the true E types. Though it is almost exactly the same as an EM it is finished in glossy black with the Zenit logo on the prism. It has a brother, the 12, which is also the same except that it has TTL metering. The 11 hasn’t, it has the trusty old selenium cell in an uncoupled meter system. It has an external selenium meter mounted on the prism front above the lens. The meter isn’t coupled to the camera.You select the film speed, then correlate the lines of aperture and shutter speed in the dial. You don’t have to lift the dial or do something, just simply turn it, and the rest follows. If the metal wire is aligned with the circular cap that can be seen in the upper left part of the camera, then it is a correct exposure. You can now check the correlation of the f-stops and shutter speed and apply it to the camera before taking a picture. Contrary to the E, it takes ALL M42 lenses, including the auto ones.
Zenit 11 is like the brother of Zenit E or EM. Shutter speeds vary from B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/1250, 1/500. They say that Zenit 11 is like Zenit E with much more horsepower. Since it is TTL, you can have a depth-of-field preview while taking on/or before the shot. the lens cap also comes in metal; another lovely way to avoid your lens for fungal growth or direct heat from the sun. This camera can take beautiful shots, much like it can be compared to any other SLR cameras made by Japan and other countries. Since then, the camera has been a great request especially for most of the lomographers all around the world. Either they are looking for its authentic Russian-made or simply just wanting to play with an SLR, Zenit 11 handled lots of great captures from all over the world.