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post #1 of 22
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Was going through some rubbish to sell at a car boot sale when I came across this USSR built Zenit-E. It is built like an absolute tank, everything metal and weighs a ton. I know it's not worth much at all, but i've never had a film camera before so I want to try and get hold of some film and see what it can do.

I mostly like the aesthetics of it though, vintage camera cases are awesome! Anyone know what that bar does across the top of the lens? Looks like solar panel you might find on a calculator? Also, what is that tube to the left of the camera in the third photo?






post #2 of 22
haha really cool find, i bet you could ebay the crap out of it im sure you can make some good cash from selling it, its an antique
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That bar in the front could be the flash?
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post #4 of 22
The bar on the front is the meter.

http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Selenium_meter

EDIT: And the tube is an extension tube which distances the lens away from the film more. Thus you get a closer focusing distance (and of course you lose the ability to focus to infinity).

EDIT 2: And the Zenit E is from the late 60's.

http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Zenit_E
Edited by Marin - 1/11/11 at 10:42am
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post #5 of 22
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Ooh, late 60's, that's awesome. I wonder if it'll work. I'll have to get the GF over, she knows about photography.
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whats the big lens on teh right?

very interesting find.....put a roll of film through it
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Quote:
Web browser from the late 60's?

Impressive.

    
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LOL...I'd double check for any bullet/barrel. (I know...it's nigh a possibility)
But, that does look eerily similar to the assassin's cameras the KGB used.
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Originally Posted by mz-n10 View Post
whats the big lens on teh right?

very interesting find.....put a roll of film through it
It's a macro lens actually. That's not stock though, says it is a Japanese built "Inter-City" - Macro +8, 49mm, SER VII.

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Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
LOL...I'd double check for any bullet/barrel. (I know...it's nigh a possibility)
But, that does look eerily similar to the assassin's cameras the KGB used.
Heh, I took the back off and all the working parts seem to operate. Hell, even the self timer lever on the front of the body ticks down correct
post #10 of 22
Welcome to the club, I found one at a dump! I took it apart to see how it worked though. Those Zenit's aren't uncommon. I'm guessing it came with a helios 44-2 58mm F/2 lens? Great bokeh, still need to buy an M42 adapter.

If you want, I can post pictures of the pentaprism and the mirror system.
    
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