Zenit EM

Photography camera
SLR 35mm

  • Brand: Zenit
  • Manufacturer: KMZ-Krasnogorskiy Mekhanicheskiy Zavod
  • Country: Soviet Union - USSR (Moscú)
  • Release year: 1972
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The Zenit EM camera is an improved version of the Zenit E, the most popular camera produced in the Soviet Union. It is a fairly heavy metal body camera.

However, under the Zenit EM model, 18 different versions were produced with small variations in appearance. Each of these versions was marketed in markets of different countries (United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, etc.).

It is a manual camera that includes a light measurement system based on a photocell (selenium photometer) located on the top of the lens. This measurement system drives a needle that can be observed in a slot located at the top and in which a metal bar moves as a ring labeled with the different speeds is rotated. When the needle and the bar coincide, it indicates that the speed indicated in the ring is correct according to the sensitivity chosen for the film.

This camera accepts M42 interchangeable lenses.


  • Film: 135 (35mm)
  • Lens: Helios-44M 2/58   
  • Diaphragm openings: f 2 - f 16
  • Speeds: 1 / 30s-1 / 500s + B
  • Image: 24 x 36 mm
  • Body material: Metal
  • Weight: 1,100 grams


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