Zenit-E is a 35mm film SLR made by KMZ and produced between 1965-86 with quantity of 3.334.540 units. Зенит = Zenit means Zenith, a point in the sky that appears directly above the observer.

The main differences from Zenit 3M is added light meter, mechanism of mirror and cocking lever were changed. The Zenit E does not have aperture automation, and therefore must be used with manual diaphragm/preset lenses or auto diaphragm lenses with an auto/manual switch.

There are many types during its production period. [1]

The Zenit range was quite popular since it was priced moderately and it was offered under several other trademarks or brands as Kalimar, Revueflex, Prinzflex, Photokina, Spiraflex, Cosmorex.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

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Zenit-E type 9a (1978) Olympic export

  • Lens: Helios-44-2 58mm f/2, M42 screw mount, filter thread: 41mm
    • This is the standard lens, the other standard lens was Industar-50-2 3.5/50
    • The lens mount was KMZ M39 screw type before 1967 (although it is possible to find M39 within the 1968 models).
    • Lens release: simply turn to anti-clockwise
    • Aperture: up to f/16
    • Focus range: 0.5-20m +inf
  • Focusing: Fresnel matte glass screen; ring, distance scale and DOF scale on the lens
  • Shutter: Horizontally traveling, cloth focal-plane shutter, speeds 1/30 - 1/500 +B,
  • Shutter release: on the winding knob, w/cable release socket. For long exposure in B mode, the shutter release will lock down when pressed and turned ccw.
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, long stroke, on the right of the top plate
  • Frame counter: on the winding knob, additive type, manual reset
  • Viewfinder: SLR pentaprism
  • Exposure meter: Selenium cell meter
    • Film speed range: ASA 16-500 setting: dial on the exposure setting ring, left of the top plate
    • Exposure setting: Match the needles in the window by turning the setting ring, then read out the speed and aperture
  • Re-wind knob: on the center of the exposure setting dial, press and turn, it will pop-up
  • Re-wind release: a small knob beside the cocking lever
  • Flash PC socket: on front of the top-plate, X sync 1/30
  • Cold-shoe
  • Self-timer: activates by pressing the small button above the lever
  • Back cover: hinged, opens by a latch on the left side of the camera
  • Engraving on the bottom plate: Made in USSR and KMZ logo
  • Tripod socket: ¼"
  • Strap lugs: none
  • Body: metal; Weight: 916g
  • Serial no. first two digits show the production year, on the back of the top plate

Some features of Prinzflex 500E[edit | edit source]


Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Typing is as to Alexander Komarov

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