Zenit-10 is a Soviet 35 mm SLR camera with a selenium exposure meter, produced from 1981 to 1982. Zenit-10 is a further development of the Zenit-E camera.

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The production of Zenit-10 cameras began in 1981, when the KMZ plant decided to produce a hybrid camera using a body and shutter with a “non-rotating” shutter speed knob from Zenit-12 (export version of Zenit-10) TTL ) and a light meter with non-conjugated selenium from Zenit-E.

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The Zenit-10 camera was discontinued in favor of the Zenit-11 camera, a similar SLR camera but with a depth-of-field preview system. In addition, BelOMO (Zenit-ET) has launched the production of a camera similar to the SLR from the current article.

The camera, like all its predecessors, is designed for 35 mm film with a frame size of 24x36 mm. As before, the camera is made of aluminum alloy with an opening back panel. Stamped brass top cover.

Zenit-10 mirror

The camera was equipped with an Industar-50-2 3,5 / 50 or Helios-44-2 2/58 lens. The camera has a standard M42 threaded mount, which means that you can use a huge number of Soviet, German and Japanese lenses.

soviet reflex camera
soviet reflex camera

The camera had a standard and familiar shutter with shutter speeds of 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 and B ((inherited from Zorky, who in turn was a copy of Leica II)). The fact is that for most tasks such a range of shutter speeds was enough, but nevertheless, the absence of ultra-fast and long shutter speeds was clearly not enough. But the shutter was as simple as possible to manufacture and cheap to maintain.

soviet reflex camera
Zenit-10

There were few innovations in the camera compared to previous models. For example, the camera viewfinder still only shows 65% of the future frame. Because of this, it will be very difficult to correctly determine the boundaries of the future photo.

ussr reflex camera
soviet reflex camera

Among other things, we must remember that selenium tends to deteriorate over the years. This means that it is now very difficult to find this Soviet SLR camera with an accurately working exposure meter.

zenith-10 ussr
zenith reflex camera

This is a pretty good camera. This camera, like other KMZ SLR cameras, has everything you need for comfortable photography. But at the same time, the Zenit-10 is a rather rare camera, and it is very difficult to find it.

So if you do not have a goal to buy this particular camera, then you should probably look towards more common cameras, for example, Zenit-TTL or Zenit-122. These cameras are fairly easy to find in good condition and at a low price.

ZENIT-10 PHOTO

Zenit-10 Overview
Zenit-10, Zenitar m2s 2/50, Kodak Profoto 100
Sample photos of Zenit-10
Zenit-10, Jupiter 37a 3.5/135, Kodak Profoto 100
Zenit-10 photos
Zenit-10, Helios-44-2 2/50, Fujicolor Superia 200
zenith photo
Zenit-10, Helios-44-2 2/50, Kodak Gold 200
Zenit-10 photo
Zenit-10, Helios-44-2 2/50, Kodak Gold 200
zenith photo
Zenit-10, Helios-44-2 2/50, Kodak Gold 200
Soviet Photos
Zenit-10, Mir-1B 2,8/37, Kodak Portra 400
kodak portrait photo
Zenit-10, Mir-1B 2,8/37, Kodak Portra 400
Zenit-10 photo
Zenit-10, Helios-44-2 2/50, Kodak Gold 200
zenith pictures
Zenit-10, Mir-1B 2,8/37, Kodak Portra 400


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