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The Zenit E is a very common Russian SLR camera from the 1970‘s. While some early examples of the Zenit E had the M39 mount, the majority had the much more common M42 one. This opened the camera up to a vast number of non russian/soviet lenses.


Produced: 1965-1986
Name: „Зенит-E“
Producer: KMZ/BeLomo
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Industar-50-2  3.5/50.
         Helios-44-2  2/58
Shutter: 1/30s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: more than 3 millions units.



Zenit-E #66013108.



Seems to be an earliest export version of Zenit-E. Released in 1966. Different body coverings. Shutter speeds disk is white, insted of regular black (see picture below). Fitted with white Helios-44 2/58 lens (M39).


Zenit-E  #66011194.



Can be found under many export names: "Revueflex-E", "Phokina", "Phokina-XE", "Kalimar SR200",  "Prinzflex-500E", "Spiraflex", "Delta 1", "Meprozenit-E", "Diramic-RF100" [2].



Zenit-E  #82602504 (BeLomo).



The commemorative Zenit-E with a label XXV Congress Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Issued in 1974-1976 by KMZ. The manual guides has special hard covers with Congress symbolics (see picture below). Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) coll.  


Zenit-E  #75092458 (KMZ).




The cover of manual guide.



Never seen before commemorative version of Zenit-E camera. Dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Great October Revolution. No otherwise different from regular Zenit-E cameras. Camera opposite from private collection in Russia.




Zenit-E Anniversary  #77269282.



An early Zenit-E camera under name Revueflex-E (Foto-Quelle). Camera markings are engraved on the right side of top plate.


Revueflex-E  #67045322.



Very uncommon version of Zenit-E under name "Zenit-E GLOBAL". Was made especially for Australian market. Very hard to find one in Europe [1]. Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) coll.  


Zenit-E Global  #69058904.



Very uncommon version of Zenit-E under name "Phokina RX2". Was made especially for France market in small quantites. Extremely hard to find one even in Europe [1].


Camera opposite from private collection in China.


Phokina RX2  #74361312.



Zenit-E under export name "Kalimar SR200". Comes with Helios-44-2 2/58mm lens  #0078580 "Made in USSR". Made especially for USA market and can be found in many markings variations [1].


Kalimar SR200  #71074251.




Kalimar SR200  #72009011.



Zenit-E under export name "Prinzflex-500E". Usually comes with Helios-44-2 2/58mm lens, though my sample is fitted with german Meyer-Optic Oreston lens. Was made  for United Kingdom market [1].


Prinzflex-500E  #73250212.



Very uncommon version of Zenit-E, under export name "Diramic R-1". Usually comes with Helios-44-2 2/58mm lens. Was made  for Canada market, though my camera was found in Australia ...

Camera opposite from private collection in China.


Diramic-R1  #75186443.



Very uncommon version of Zenit-E Olympic camera. Although chrome version of particular camera (see camera #78161194 below) is quite easy to find, it's my very first time to find "totally black" one ...


Zenit-E Olympic  #77234942.




Zenit-E  #80234056 (KMZ).




Zenit-E  #81063585 (KMZ).



Moscow Olympic Games 1980 (type 1).


Zenit-E #78161194.



Black body Zenit-E with Moscow Olympic Games (1980)symbolics. This particular cameras was made in Krasnogorsk and is rarer than similar Olympic cameras from BeLomo.


Zenit-E #80049497 (KMZ).



Moscow Olympic Games 1980 (type 2).


Zenit-E #800020325.