An Old Russian Tank - Zenit E

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  1. jcdeboever

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    I don't know. Personally, I like fully working cameras. Light metered cameras are not important to me. Smooth operation, accurate or close to accurate shutter speeds, clean viewfinder, and quiet operation are what I look for. My favorite film camera is my Nikon FM or Nikon F. I would love to get a Leica M2, or M4P with a 35mm summicron but they go for crazy money. If I ever find a deal on one, I wouldn't be opposed to a Voightlander 40mm lens.


     
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    That's a whole lot of stuff I don't know about already :) I'll have to come to terms with all these different brands and lenses etc., but I guess it takes time.

    For the time being I'll just keep my eye out for a cheap Helios.
     
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    It is an old lens and us oldies can get very slow in our movements. I would try switching from A to M on the lens a good few times. I would do that at the maximum aperture a dozen or so times and then repeat at the minimum aperture.

    To check the aperture blades, remove the lens, switch to A, set a mid-range aperture, and press the pin on the mount end of the lens - the aperture should close part way. Repeat this a few dozen times.
     
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    Hi. Basically I wouldn't commit much for the sake of this camera. If you got it as a keepsake from Soviet Union you will need Helios 44-2 for it and original ever ready case to make a set.
    Any M42 lens with A/M switch may work on this camera
    Cellphone app may be just what you need. I have no idea how it works, but on the end pictures taken with phone cameras are OK in most cases , so for occasional roll of film should be sufficient. Do you plan to shoot colour or b&w ?
     
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    I plan to shoot in Colour to start with as I got a good deal on 12 rolls of Fujicolor 200ISO, but I intend to experiment with it over time. I want to get a wider taste for it. I'm going to go back to the junkshop tomorrow to see if I can swap it for a different camera. He had a Kodak Retinette in there that I'll try and swap it for.
     
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    I've given this all a good go - unfortunately, no dice. I'm a bit stuck for what to do at the moment, I think I'm going to go tomorrow to see if I can swap them around.
     
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    Louis you should be able to find a 442 or 44m for under 20 quid on ebay if you're patient. Or in a charity shop. It's common to find zenits with jammed mechanisms unfortunately Praktica slrs were better generally IMO but again many are now 30-40 years old. Maybe look out for a working MTL series Praktica body on ebay.
     
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    I'll keep an eye out. I'm going back to the shop tomorrow to ask the bloke if I can swap it/get a refund, but if not I'll probably do what you've suggested and keep a keen eye out for a 44-2
     
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    That's too bad it's not working, hope you can trade it in for the other camera. When you're buying used/secondhand, ask if you can try it out while you're still in the shop, release the shutter, advance it, look thru it and see how it looks, try a few different settings, etc.

    Happened to think with you being in the UK, try checking out Film's not Dead. | Film Photography Blog & Shop. | . They sell some on their website, and sell at something/someplace called the Brickyard?? Try their Facebook page.

    There's also a place I ran across recently called West Yorkshire Cameras, they sell online too if you're not close to them.
     
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    The irritating thing was that I checked the mechanics of the camera were all working fine, however I didn't notice the aperture. I'm keeping an eye out for a Helios 44-2 or a replacement Pentacon 1.8/50. As I say, I'm a newbie so it's just beginners (un)luck that I forgot to look at it really.

    Thank you for all your help :)
     
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    I checked and Film's Not Dead sets up at something called the Backyard Market on Brick Ln. (I knew it was something like that); they sell film and looks like they offer a mailer for B&W films to go to Ilford if you ever want to check it out.

    You could also look at Home - The Film Photography Project and their Flickr page where people post questions and have discussions on, of course, film.
     
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    Thank you very much for all your help, you've got me well on my way now and I've got plenty to get through :)
     
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