David

David

Posted on 02/22/2017


Photo taken on February 21, 2017

1/30 f/3.3 8.0 mm ISO 200

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Zenit 3M SLR Film Camera

Zenit 3M SLR Film Camera
My latest addition to my camera collection: a Zenit 3M SLR, made in the former USSR. I found this one at a very reasonable price on eBay. It's in wonderful working order and came with a leather, hard shell carrying case.

It came complete, with the Industar-50 lens assembly.

More photos of this camera, and others from my collection, can be found on my personal gallery, here.

Formica, Pam J have particularly liked this photo


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Pam J
Pam J
I had a Zenit E years ago !
4 months ago.
David has replied to Pam J
Cool! I really like this camera and look forward to taking some pictures with it.

Maybe you can help me with the shutter release setting. I figured out that you can set the shutter speed by adjusting the dial, next to the shutter release. But, there's also a small arm under that, which you can point to either an M or an X mark. Can you recall what that is supposed to do? I put a note on the photo to highlight the "arm" in question.

UPDATE: Never mind, I found out what it was. It's a flash synchronizing mechanism.
4 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Pam J has replied to David
Yes... they were the days of having to synch manually !
3 months ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Nice find David.
4 months ago.
David has replied to Stormlizard
Thanks, John! Yes, the camera is in very nice shape and seems to work just fine. It's amazing how well these older cameras were built. It has to be around fifty years old, and it still functions as it should. It was certainly made before the legislation of planned obsolescence was globally adopted and put into effect.
4 months ago.
Formica
Formica
oooh, nice.
3 months ago.
Peter Castell
Peter Castell
I was recently given an 'E' unfortunately the focal plane shutter is in bits it has a Helios 44-2 lens, considering the weight they must have made them from cast iron
3 months ago.
David has replied to Peter Castell
Yes, it is a pretty hefty camera, for sure. Sorry to hear about the shutter problem. It is worth fixing, do you think?
3 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Quite a collection you've got, David. I started with a manual camera years ago, so this brings back many memories. Wasn't a Russian camera, though.
3 months ago.
David has replied to Ron Hanko
Thank you Ron! Although the collection is small, I really like the cameras I've been able to find so far. I've been slowly working through a few rolls of films with them. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can capture with them.

I've owned a few compact 35mm cameras in the past, but never a Russian or German made camera, either.
3 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
3 months ago.