I like the Edixa style waist level finder for the Zenit 4. An interesting camera but not one (if I remember correctly) officially imported in to the UK.
All Zenit 4's and 5's came with the Vega (Bera) 2.8/50. The Rubin-1 2.8/37-80 was supplied with the Zenit 6 as standard.
The 4 and 5 was not officially sold in the UK, they came out before TOE Ltd, when Photopia was the early importer. However Photopia did take odd batches from the Russians, who limited the range via TOE to ease spares and service requirements. The other importer was CZ Instruments who had imported Russian microscopes, and, at the end of the USSR period, they sold Russian miniature lathes, designed for use in submarines! Stephen.
When I got this camera, I got it with the info that it was at a repairshop allready more than once. After that it worked for a short time and failed again. I then did some "repairs" myself. It worked for half a roll of a film, then failed again.
Interesting on mine is the combination of the Zenit-4 with the Rubin-1 as a set. The person who gave it to me bought it new back then for his father in Vienna.
All 3 models Zenit 4,5,6 have been produced between 64 and 68. The Zenit 5 was a motor driven version of the 4. The 6 was identical to the 4, except the name plate.
It's said that it's like a rule, that export cameras come with strap lugs, but not always indeed as you can ee on mine. Maybe none of the 64/65 models did have strap lugs?
Maybe they ran out of 6 name plates or bodies when they put together the set I have now. There are too less of these models around to tell what was really original.
There is a Zenit-4 at ebay right now for a huge price, Item 181984345199 Export version from 65, no flash shoe on the prisma, mine has.
Post by John Farrell on Jan 10, 2016 14:20:51 GMT -5
Leaf shutter SLRs, especially if they have an instant return mirror, can be problematic. Years ago I tried to get a Topcon Wink Mirror E working. I had 3 of them. I couldn't get the lubrication right for the shutter, and the master ring. Enough oil to keep it working, meant oil on the shutter blades. Minimal oil, and the shutter worked, but the diaphragm didn't.
The master ring had to time and run the film plane blanking plate, the mirror, the shutter, and the diaphragm.
Post by yashica1943 on Jan 13, 2016 12:26:29 GMT -5
Just arrived from ebay, an Agfa Silette 1. Bought for sentimental reasons. It is almost the same as the second 35mm camera that I ever owned which was the type 4 or 5 with an Agnar or Apotar f 3.5 lens. (Two stepped top deck with a two 'viewfinder' apertures for a brightline VF This one is a Type 6 with the one step in the top at the rewind knob end. The lens is a Color Solinar f 2.8. It seems to work OK, but there is still a film in it so I haven't opened it up. Not a classic but it will do me.
I have bought a Cosina CT1 a fortnight ago. Turns out it was also a Nikon FM10, Canon T60 and a Voigtlander Bessa L. Light meter is shot but the rest is working well. Apart from the plastic top and bottom plates it seems to be made from aluminium. Well impressed, actually.
Also have a Cosina C1 which is much newer, almost new in fact. Not sure what the C1 had for alter egos but suspect it had some.
Nothing wrong to use the CT1 chassis and shutter, Cosina made an art of supplying a decent base for another maker to add his name, and in general all the Cosina units are very well made, and carefully designed. If the later Cosina stuff had been available in the 1970's it would have classed then as top quality engineering. Stephen.
Post by yashica1943 on Jan 14, 2016 14:33:02 GMT -5
The Vivitar V 6000 that I bought recently is apparently based on the Cosina CT-1. The top controls are situated in the same place. I have put a Pentax 50mm f1.7 lens on it but haven't put a film through the camera yet, the wind on certainly seems smooth and the mirror and shutter work quietly. For my hands, the shutter release is too far over to the right.
Post by yashica1943 on Jan 17, 2016 12:04:04 GMT -5
One that I avoided. I have very rarely found a camera worth buying in a charity shop. I did get a Pentax ME Super with Pentax lens for £10 in my local shop. I also have Mint Nikon F40 in box from further afield, this was in a shop that I had never been to before, in an affluent area. Today I found just about the worst Minolta SLR that I have ever seen with a label on saying 'prop? £5'. It was dirty and corroded on every surface. The lens was a Tamron Adaptall 28mm f2.5. All the engravings were worn and full of dirt. I thought that it might be worth it just for the lens, if the exterior was cleaned so I took it off and looked at the light through it, no fungus, just a network of hundreds of scratches. Not even worth buying it for the Adaptall. In the same shop, a box camera priced at £119.99p, I couldn't quite work that out but I now know that it is a 'Bear Photo Special' which is a rare camera. Somebody knew it was valuable, but £120? Separate post made.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2016 12:12:30 GMT -5 by yashica1943: More info.