Zenit 12XP


Another Russian wonder to play around with apparently some of these were also made in Brazil mines definitely says USSR on the bottom.

Made between 1983 and 1994 by KMZ the 12XP(xp=export) is also known as the Russian Tank(It’s a weighty camera) you can probably pick up a body for less than a tenner and the lenses between fifteen and maybe forty quid for one that gives the swirly bokeh.


I’m having problems exporting from Lightroom to Flickr at the moment so none of the shots have zoom on them.



Hard for me to get down low for these shots with my old back.



These were all exposed using the Leningrad 4 lightmeter, no batteries in my Zenit so I don’t know if the meter is working correctly, other sites say it’s unreliable.
It did come with three lenses, a flash and a cracking box to keep it all in. Not bad wee find from the good lady at thirty bucks.

It does take a nice photo all of these shots were with the 44-4 a copy of the Carl Zeiss Biotar. I might run another roll through and make more effort with my efforts.

Film format: 135 (35mm)
Picture size: 24mm x 36mm
Lens: Helios-44M-4 f2/58mm
Filter size: M52x0.75
Shutter: Focal plane
Shutter speeds: Bulb, 1/30-1/500
Viewfinder SLR
Exposure meter Center-weighted TTL
Dual CdS metering with match LED (hi-lo indicator)
Battery: two LR6
PC X and M (sync at 1/30), accessory shoe


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