JohnDuder wrote:It's obviously a case of cultural differences... Every British photographer over 40 knows of Zeniths, and half used them, often their first camera. Imported here in the UK by Technical and Optical Equipment. They achieved soem sort of bottom-market dominance here, with an SLR for well under £30, including a real leather case. At the time, I understand that Russian kit was just about unsellable in the USA, for political reasons.
They were built like T-38 tanks - there's occasionally a rumour that the same factor was involved, but that has more basis in wit than reality. They were basic (1/30 to 1/500 plus B, Pentax screw mount, preset aperture, and the ones with meters didn't meter well or long). But the standard lens was decent, and they appealed to the sort of photographer who spurned sophistication.
So not a lot of crossover with Sony users...
The camera in the picture was a later model, with FAD and a non-rotating shutter speed dial. The banner is from a British train booking site, so has some resonance with anyone who has travels much by rail here!
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