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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?






 

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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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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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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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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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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
 

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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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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.
Yup, has that stock Helios lens and the Japanese macro lens. What is an M42 adaptor? I don't really know much about photography. Can I just stick 35mm film in this guy?
 

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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.
i know right look out you might be bugged by the commys! lol
 

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The lens uses the M42 screw mount created by Zeiss. The lens can be adapted to other mounts using adapters.

And yes, you can just put a roll of film into it. One thing you can do is check the foam seals and make sure they're still intact on the back door.

Also I can recommend some film if you want.
 

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thats just like my cold war spec gas mask i came across in germany. i haggled it down to €12 and then i took it to a shop in nottingham that specialises in wierd crap like that and they said its worth £80 and gave me a cert of authenticty.

that camera is gonna be worth alot in maybe 5-10 years time, especially how all the "indie-vintage" newfags are bumming all over this kinda stuff.
 

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Does anyone know if getting 35mm film developed is still possible? All the major stores don't seem to do it any more :/
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that camera is gonna be worth alot in maybe 5-10 years time, especially how all the "indie-vintage" newfags are bumming all over this kinda stuff.
Guess that's me then. I love vintage stuff!
 

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Tons of places develop it. Film is far from dead.
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I know there are places in the UK that develop. Ask on Apug.org.
 

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that camera is gonna be worth alot in maybe 5-10 years time, especially how all the "indie-vintage" *snip* are bumming all over this kinda stuff.
No it won't. The only way the prices will go up is if collectors start going after that. Won't happen for a lot of Russian cameras.

Example of collectors changing the market is with Leica equipment. Lenses like the Noctilux used to be obtainable for cheap. But now the old Noctiluxes cost a ton on the used market and the new one costs 10k.
 

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Tons of places develop it. Film is far from dead.
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I know there are places in the UK that develop. Ask on Apug.org.
Cheers, I also remembered my GF's neighbours have a dark room as she is a professional photographer.
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may i ask where you found?
We are raising some money for Ethiopian schools (we know people out there and my mum has educational links with them) and one way was by doing a car boot sale. A neighbour brought a whole load of electronics over like PS2's, PS1's, telephones etc... to sell and amongst it all was this camera
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