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Zenit-D Automat

  
  

The 'automat' electronic shutter principles of this camera were developed by Derzhavin (a Doctor of Technical Science who worked at GOI, the State Optical Institute, in Leningrad). Anatoly Yakovlevich Padalko was the head of the design group at KMZ, responsible for the actual design and development of the Zenit-Automat-D (with the active encouragement of the Director, L.A. Voronin). The camera was never produced in series. Due to a lack of certain high-quality magnetic alloys, unavailable at the time, some important features of the camera were unreliable. However, the technical advances accomplished during this project were used as a base for future advanced Zenit models, including the Zenit-18, Zenit-19, and up to the Zenit-APK!

Light gray lacquered finish on upper body, front and back finished with rectangular-textured hard plastic for a solid grip. Depth-of-field preview controls on bottom of lens and mount. On the top, battery chamber, retractable rewind crank & back release, frame-counter window. On the back: speed setting dial : 1/2 - 1/1000 sec., B (bulb), A (automatic, takes meter reading and automatically sets shutter), viewfinder, film advance lever, socket for recharging. Small red exposure indicator light at the bottom of the viewfinder. X-synch & film speed setting dial on side. On front: shutter release, mirrored name plate with a small window for the light meter and a meter switch-button below (source: Bill Parkinson).

This camera is complete and working. With threaded plastic lens cap, no case.

  

  
  
  
  
                                                                     

Produced: 1967-1970
Name: „Зенит-Д Автомат“
Producer: KMZ
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Helios-44-D  2/58.
Shutter: 1s-1/1000s + B.

Quantity: 63 units (completely finished).


Camera opposite from private collection in Russia.                                                          

 

PM4260 - Zenit-D  #70000113.

 

  


  

 

 

 
  
  

PM4250. An earliest so far known prototype Zenit-D Automat camera with selftimer, released in 1967. Black finish on upper body with white character "D" in Cyrillic, front is covered in black leather. Mirrored name plate with a small window for the light meter. Selftimer on the frontplate. 2 small windows on the top plate. The film rewind lever on the top plate is fully visable. The horizontal frame counter with white disk on the top plate. 



Camera #67000007 opposite from private colection in Europe.

    

 

PM4250 - Zenit-D  #67000007 (prototype).

 

  

PM4253. Another prototype Zenit-D Automat camera with selftimer, released in 1967. Black finish on upper body with red character "D" in Cyrillic, front is covered in black leather. Mirrored name plate with a small window for the light meter. Selftimer on the frontplate. White "MADE IN USSR" plaque on the top plate. The film rewind lever on the top plate is fully visable. The horizontal frame counter on the top plate. Strap lugs on body. An earliest so far known camera has s/n #67000010 (DVDTechnik).


Camera opposite  from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection.








    

 

PM4253 - Zenit-D  #67000010 (prototype).

 

  

PM4255. Short preseries Zenit-D camera, released in 1969-1970. Light gray lacquered finish on upper body with red character "D" in Roman, front and back finished with rectangular-textured hard plastic for a solid grip. Depth-of-field preview controls on bottom of lens and mount. On the top, battery chamber, retractable rewind crank & back release, frame-counter window. On the back: speed setting dial : 1/2 - 1/1000 sec., B (bulb), A (automatic, takes meter reading and automatically sets shutter), viewfinder, film advance lever, socket for recharging. Small red exposure indicator light at the bottom of the viewfinder. X-synch & film speed setting dial on side. On front: shutter release, mirrored name plate with a small window for the light meter and a meter switch-button below


Camera opposite from private collection in Russia.

 

PM4255 - Zenit-D  #69000097.

 

  

PM4257. Camera identical to PM4255, but with red character "D" in Cyrillic on the frontplate.

PM4260. Camera identical to PM4255, but with few exceptions: Black finish on upper body with red character "D" in Cyrillic again; slightly changed design of the nameplate.

 

 
 

PM4260 - Zenit-D  #70000113.

 

  

PM4265. Camera identical to PM4255, but with red character "D" in Cyrillic again. Slightly changed the design of the nameplate with "Automat" markings painted in red. At least 4 cameras are known to exist in collections.


Camera #70000130 opposite from Alexey Nikitin (Russia) collection.














  

 

PM4265 - Zenit-D  #70000130.

 

  

PM4270. Camera identical to PM4265, but with black finish on upper body. The same "Automat" markings painted in red color. No otherwise different. At least few cameras are known to exist in collections. 




Camera opposite from private collection in Europe.













   

 

PM4270 - Zenit-D camera.

 

  

PM7275. Camera identical to PM7265, but with slightly changed design of the nameplate. The pictures were kindly provided by the authors of the SSK book "1200 cameras from the USSR".





 

 

PM4275 - Zenit-D  #70000333.