Zenit E, with 58mm f2 Helios lens
is a Zenit-E 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.
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.
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
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
as Prinzflex 500E
as Revueflex E