An Old Russian Tank - Zenit E

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    There are quite a few apps available (for iPhone anyway). I used one called Lux to test whether or not the selenium meter in one old camera of mine was still working, and thankfully the numbers all lined up and the pictures turned out well. I found it easier to use than the selenium meter and kept up with it while using that particular camera.


     
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    HONESTLY--I would buy a newer camera. My first "modern" 35mm SLR was a Zenit-B, rebadged as a Cosmorex SE, around 1977. Wow...what a craaaaaappy camera. The Helios copy "Auto-COSMOGON" was a 58mm f/2 lens...swirly bokeh and all, yet still junk compared to a 1970's era Nikkor 50. Soviet-made junk.

    The rewind knob fell off. The back popped open from contact with the leather neckstrap quite often too, ruining film after film. The viewfinder screen is junky. No hot shoe, but a COLD shoe, removable! Speeds, 1/30 to 1/500. Crummy, non-coupled selenium meter. m42 thread mount lenses.

    Seriously, you asked: Should you repair the lens or by a new camera?

    Buy yourself newer,better, Japan-made camera. Like a Nikon N90s. The Zenit was junky even when brand-new,and was 20 years behind the times when it was poorly made. I speak from experience: a 1953 German-made Contaflex was 10 times the camera the Zenit was!
     
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    So, in theory, an app should do the job ok? Of course, it's not ideal under any circumstances but it should work.
     
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    You may indeed be right, but for a first film camera... well, it's got character I think. A kind member of this forum is actually giving me a Cosina CSM. I don't know if, in general, that is any better than the Zenit but I've had so many problems and infuriating issues with the lens especially (Pentacon 1.8/50 being broken), seeing as I spent a good few hours last night trying to fix it, to no end, that anything is better.

    I quite like the fact that the Helios has that "swirly" bokeh, it's one of those things that has drawn me to film. They're all m42 mounts, but I quite like the concept. Maybe not so much in practice though.
     
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    Russian cameras have a VERY bad reputation - since their entry into the market after WW2. I quite like their lenses thou. have several. use them on my leica and range finder Nikon. vin
     
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    I was expecting to see a T34 or some other sort of battle tank
     
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    Not round here, they don't. I have several and they only have the problems that any camera that old is likely to have. They certainly do not need the foam light seals replacing like Japanese cameras do as they do not have them!
     
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    Well, welcome to the *photo* forum :laugh2:
     
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    One of the main reasons I'm attracted to this camera was actually the lens, a Helios 44-2 58mm. It's got this really nice, swirly bokeh - however as I didn't check the lens beforehand, I ended up with a Pentacon 1.8/50 which didn't work at all
     
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    I'm yet to decide whether they're inherently "reliable" - haven't got to use mine yet
     
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    I knew what you meant, I've always used cameras that are called tanks; they could probably double as some sort of heavy metal nunchuks if necessary!

    edit - What I meant to say was that Cosina should be pretty nice. They've been making (in relatively more recent years) cameras including I think the newer Voigtlander Bessa rangefinders. I have one, and read awhile back about their company and they seemed to know cameras.
     
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