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Zenit-16

The Zenit-16 is a very uncommon camera. The body covering is made completely of plastic with the upper portion pebbled. The only control on the front is the depth of field preview on the lower right next to the lens mount. Just below this on the side of the lens mount is the flash receptacle. On the top left deck is the shutter speed dial with the rewind crank in the middle. The shutter is an electronically timed vertically traveling cloth focal plane shutter. Centered in the flat prism housing is a hot shoe. On the right deck is the film advance with a film reminder in the center. The shutter release is just to the right of the prism and is threaded for a cable release. The view finder window slides up to release the back which is hinged on the bottom. The frame counter is a small rectangular window in the back just to the right of the shutter release (source: http://www.commiecameras.com). 

 

Produced: 1973-1977
Name: „Зенит-16“
Producer: KMZ
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Helios-44M  2/58.
Shutter: 1/15s-1/1000s + B.

Quantity: 11.114 units.
                                                                



Camera #7602829 opposite from private collection in China.      

 

PM4925 - Zenit-16  #7602829.

 

  


 

 

 
  

PM4900. An extremely rare to find prototype version of the Zenit-16 camera. Released by KMZ in 1971-1972. Battery compartment and film speed dial in GOST located underneath the body (see picture below). No serial number yet. An only sample is known to exist in collections.


 

Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection.

 

PM4900 - Zenit-16 prototype camera.

 

  

PM4905. Seems to be an earliest version of regular Zenit-16 camera. Battery compartment, film speed dial in GOST and the serial number located underneath the body (see picture below). An earliest so far known camera has s/n #7400211 (A.Zilbert coll.).


PM4910. Camera identical to PM4905, but with marked "16" on a red background. Very rare to find. An earliest so far known camera has s/n #7300002 (I.Stolyar coll.).

Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection.

 

PM4910 - Zenit-16  #7300002.

 


The cover of Zenit-16 manual guide (early)

 

  

PM4915. An ultra rare camera to find. Shutter release knob moved on the top plate (see picture below). Was intended to use with new Photosniper FS-4 set (never produced in series, see sample below). An earliest so far known camera has s/n #7400926 (Y.Davidenko coll.).

 


Camera opposite  from Yuriy Davidenko (Ukraine) collection.

 

PM4915 - Zenit-16  #7400926.

 

  

 Prototype set of Photosniper FS-4.

 

  

PM4920. Camera identical to PM4905, but with changed design of the film speed setting's disk (see picture opposite). Shutter release knob on the rear plate again. The most common version in the entire group. Released by KMZ in 1975-1977.

 





 

PM4920 - Zenit-16  #7701454.

 

  

PM4925. Camera identical to PM4920, but with marked "16" on a red background (see picture opposite). Very rare to find nowadays. The cover of manual guide below. Camera opposite from private collection in China.

 





 

PM4925 - Zenit-16  #7602829.

 

  

PM4930. Never seen before export version of the particular camera. Marked "16" on a red background. An ultra rare to find. 

 


The picture opposite was kindly provided by the authors of SSK book "1200 cameras from the USSR", 2009.

 

PM4930 - Zenit-16 camera.