Great 35mm Retro Photography !
Back in the 1970's when I was a lad, I really wanted to get into photography and would look at all the fine Japanese camera's in Photographic magazines, sadly out of my price range. Then, someone suggested I look behind the iron curtain for the answer to my problem and I came across the Zenit EM 35mm SLR camera.
Even by mid 70's standards, the camera was hopelessly outdated but what it offered was a chance of buying a perfectly good camera at a price that would not break the bank. The camera is built like a tank and weighs the same! but it featured a good range of shutter speeds up to 1/500th of a second, a really good 58mm lens on a 42mm screw mount so that a wide range of other lense's could be fitted. What I really liked was the exposure meter which, though not through the lens, was accurate most of the time and did not need batteries. At the end of the day, the Zenit EM took and still takes great photo's, certainly as good as photo's taken with much more expensive camera's. It is almost a certainty that it will keep on taking great shots long after most modern day digital camera's have given up the ghost.
I always regretted selling the camera after 10 years or so of great service so when I saw one for sale on e bay, I took a nostalgia trip and snapped it up at a bargain price and do you know what?, the camera still takes great pictures. It certainly won't replace my digital camera, but for those special occasions when something different is called for, the Zenit will be called into action.
So if you have still got a hankering for film photography, you won't go wrong with a Zenit EM. Ebay often has a good choice plus a range of accesories such as alternative lenses. 35mm film is still freely available and many High Street photography shops will still develop. So go on, get back into real photography with a Zenit!
Basic, competent beginner's camera without batteries
The Zenit EM camera was one of the first to use automatic lenses instead of requiring you to close the aperture manually before pressing the shutter release. Most Pentax screw m42 lens can be used, automatic or not. The over-the-lens meter is less useful than one through the lens because you have to work out your own compensations for extension tubes etc.
The Zenit is clunky, strong, heavy and will keep working long after modern digital cameras have expired batteries. Batteries? It doesn't need them. Everything is manual or clockwork. Exposures? Work out your own. f8 at 1/125 covers most situations and adjust for lighter or darker.
With the Zenit you have to think to get a good exposure. It is available at a low price, as are the lenses and accessories. If you want to learn about film photography but are short of cash, the Zenit range is a very good beginning.
I brought this camera because i wanted to experience taking photos using a manual camera and to enjoy the "not knowing" of what the picture looks like until the picture is developed. I look forward to printing off my first pictures!
The camera has stood the test of time and works fantastically. It has been very well taken care of and shows no signs of damage from dropping or weather elements.
I decided to buy this camera because I have a set of old olympus lenses that i wanted to put to use, it worked out well for me.
Many thanks to the seller, much appreciated.
A true Soviet tank in your hands.
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A true Soviet tank in your hands. The size is somewhat larger than any reflex as Fujica or Leica, but it is thin, narrow. It's a camera you can not miss in any collection. But a good deal would be with the Helios lens. In my case I only got the body now try to find a purpose for it ready.