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Zenit-B | by Süleyman (Deceased 04.2012)
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Zenit-B

Zenit means Zenith, a point in the sky that appears directly above the observer

Manufactured by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod (KMZ) , (Mechanical Factory of Krasnogorsk), Moscow, former USSR

Zenit = Зенит, B = V in Latin

Model: 1971, type 6b (export model), produced between 1971-73

All Zenit-B produced between 1968-77 with quantity of 889.617 units

There are 15 types of the camera, as to Alexander Komarov

35mm film SLR camera

Lens: Helios-44-2 58mm f/2.8, M42 screw mount,

Filter thread: 44mm, serial no. N7 191455, with zebra ring, (Made by MMZ)

This lens is standard one and others are Helios-44 2/58mm and Industar-50-2 3.5/50mm

Lens release: simply turn to anti-clockwise

Aperture: up to f/16setting: ring and scale on the lens

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,

setting dial: on the top plate

Shutter release: on the winding knob, w/ cable release socket

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

Re-wind knob: on the top-plate

Re-wind release:

Flash PC socket: on foront of the camera, X sync 1/30

Cold-shoe (lost on my camera)

Memory dial : on the re-wind knob

Self-timer

Back cover: hinged, opens by a latch on the left side of the camera

Engraving on the bottom plate: KMZ logo and Made in USSR

Tripod socket: ¼", off-center

Strap lugs: none

Body: metal; Weight: 887g (with standard lens)

Serial no. 71 204359 (first two digits show the production year), on the back of the top plate

The main differences from Zenit-3M are mechanism of mirror and cocking lever were changed. It is similar to Zenit-E, but it hasn't selenium light meter.

Could be found under export names: "Revueflex-B, "Kalimar SR100", "Phokina", "Prinzflex-500", "Meprozenit-Pro", "Cambron-B", "Global"

More info: in Fotoua by Alaxander Komarov , in Camerapedia, in Sovietcams by Aidas Pikiotas</a<

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Taken on March 11, 2012