terça-feira, 10 de julho de 2018

Zenit ET Silver Version (1981-1991)

Zenit ET Silver Version (1981-1991)
This photo is from the copy I own

History and technical features 

Zenit ET is a 35mm film SLR camera manufactured by Vileiskiy Zavod Zenit, (Vileiskiy Plant Zenit), near Minsk, former USSR, produced between 1982-1993 with quantity 3.000.000. Зенит = Zenit means Zenith that is the point in the sky that appears directly above the observer in astronomy or may mean the highest point.

Zenit ET belongs to the long running series of Zenit cameras. Small numbers of early Zenits was produced by KMZ, in 1981-82.

Zenit ETs also exist without aperture automation and without a built-in meter. They offered various finish materials and colours like silver, black, or bronze. This camera is an attempt to modernize the Zenit EM. Initially it looked just like an EM with new lettering, with new designs on the dials. Some variants also lack strap lugs.

The cameras produced in Vileiskiy Plant Zenit of MMZ-BelOMO are a complete remake of the earlier Zenit ET. The shape and features remain the same, but more plastic parts are used, including the top cover, bottom plate, and film advance lever on some cameras. BelOMO also supplied the multicoated Helios 44-3 58mm preset lens for use with the ET models lacking aperture automation.

There were 3 types Zenit ET (KMZ) and 6 types with 11 sub-types of the Zenit ET (MMZ-BeLomo).

Source: Camerapedia

This is an attempt to modernize the "Zenit-EM". Initially there It looked just like an EM with new lettering, then there was a polycarbonate plastic top and is finished in black with new designs on the dials. The serial number is on the inside of the back door. Zenit ETs also exist without aperture automation. They were supplied with Helios 44-2 lens and are rare.


Produced: 1981-1991
Name: „Зенит-ET“
Producer: KMZ/BeLomo
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: MC Helios-44M-4 2/58
Helios-44-2 2/58.
Shutter: 1/30s-1/500s + B.
Quantity: 61.069 units (KMZ).
±3.000.000 units (BeLomo)

Source: Fotoua


Serial number 87190339 (body) and 84237114 (lens).


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Pictures taken with this machine


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