Early on in this blog, I wrote about how I got started in photography. This was the camera that started it all for me. The venerable Zenit E.
I recently got one to add to my home collection. Looking at it after
37 years, I am surprised that it didn't turn me off for life!
There are five shutter speeds. 1/30th to 1/500 sec and the exposure is
measured with a match needle metering system on the top plate. The image
had to be viewed through an f3.5 lens with a very dim viewfinder. Then
you had to stop the lens down to the appropriate aperture before
pressing the shutter button.
the top plate. ISO 16 - 500. A frame counter that had to be reset after
each roll of film. MF or X flash synchronisation and an accessory shoe
(not a hotshoe).
The whole experience somehow fired my imagination and set me on this photograph journey.
I guess that the moral of this post (if there to be one) is that no
matter how daunting your first camera seems to you, it could be a whole
lot more difficult.
What was your first camera experience like?
Thanks for reading.