Zenith E

Zenith E Russian 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex Camera).

My first serious camera as a school boy. Bought second hand for £35 at Kamera in St.Helens. Some months later the other camera shop in town were selling these new for the same price so I did not get a bargain. This camera was my doorway into discovering photography, like all my early film cameras this was all manual, even the lightmeter did not need a battery. It was very loud when the shutter was pressed as the mirror slapped out of the way of the film plane and the cloth shutter opened and closed. Taking candid images in school classrooms with this camera was an exercise in danger, glad I took the risk.