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The Zenit-4 ,Zenit-5 and Zenit-6 are all variations of a totally new design, having little or nothing in common with previous designs. The Zenit-4 is a leaf shutter Single Lens Reflex with a built in light meter and interchangeable prism. The Zenit-4 can be operated manually or in a semiautomatic manner. The Speeds and f stops are mechanically interlocked so that changing one automatically changes the other. The camera is covered with black nylon fabric. All controls on the front of the camera are on the lens mount. Engraved on the upper right of the camera is "ZENIT-4" in Cyrillic script or English block letters. Centered over the lens is the selenium photocell (source: http://www.commiecameras.com).  






Produced: 1964-1968
Name: „Зенит-4“
Producer: KMZ
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Vega-3  2.8/50.
Shutter: 1s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: 19.740 units.


Camera opposite from Egidijus Tutkus (Lithuania) collection. 


Zenit-4  #6401078.



Export version of Zenit-4 camera. "Zenit-4" markings in Roman characters. Strap lugs on body. Black shutter scale (white one on camera #6401078). An additional "MADE IN USSR" engravings on the rear plate.



Zenit-4 (export)  #6700908.



Very interesting Zenit-4, under name Zenit-5. While Zenit-5 was totally motor driven (see information below), this modification has usual for Zenit-4 cameras film wind lever indeed. Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) coll.  



Zenit-4  #6800445.



Late Zenit-4 is almost identical to Zenit-4 #6401078, but with few exceptions: strap lugs on the top plate already; black shutter speeds/aperture settings disk (white on early cameras); lens markings in Cyrillic characters.


The cover of manual guide.


 Zenit-4  #6802496.












The Zenit-5 is a modification of the Zenit-4 with a built in motor drive and rechargeable batteries. It is labeled "Zenit-5". The base plate of the camera is a little higher to make space for the batteries and there is a jack in the baseplate for the recharger. Because the camera was motor driven it did not have a film wind lever, however the film reminder knob was attached to function as an emergency film advance. There are no differences other than these. These cameras will normally be found with the batteries removed because they leaked. It is not uncommon to find that all the connections for the batteries have been removed [2].



Produced: 1964-1968
Name: „Зенит-5“
Producer: KMZ
Frame size: 24x36.
Lens: Vega-3  2.8/50.
Shutter: 1s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: 11.616 units.

Camera opposite from Vladimir Nagorskij (Lithuania) collection. 


Zenit-5  #6502378.



It's interesting to mention, that all Zenit-4, -5 and -6 cameras with export engravings are more common to find. It's like a rule, that export cameras come with strap lugs, but not always indeed.

The particular Zenit-5 camera has markings in Cyrillic characters and comes without strap lugs on body. Black shutter speeds disk.


Zenit-5  #6400372.



Seems to be the latest version of particular camera. Although bearing markings in Cyrillic characters, this camera comes with strap lugs already. Black shutter speeds disk. 


Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection. 



Zenit-5  #6800547.




The cover of manual guide.












The only differences between this camera and the Zenit-4 are the labeling and the standard lens. The Rubin-1 zoom lens was available as an accessory for the Zenit-4 but standard on the Zenit-6. The Zenit-6 came in a large black leather case which had no markings. The camera fit in the case with the lens down. The case had a compartment on each side for accessories. There were a yellow and an orange filter, a cable release, a lens cap, an accessory shoe and a waist level finder provided as standard accessories [2].


Produced: 1964-1968
Name: „Зенит-6“
Producer: KMZ
Frame size: 24x36
Lens: Vega-3  2.8/50.
         Rubin-1  2.8/37-80.
Shutter: 1s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: 8.930 units.

Zenit-6 existing under Cyrillic/Roman names and with/without strap lugs on camera top plate.


Zenit-6  #6502292.



Very uncommon Zenit-6 camera to find. Seems to be the donative version with special cover to protect the lightmeter. "Zenit-6" engravings in Cyrillic on the cover! (see picture below). Black shutter speeds disk (white one on #6502292), strap lugs on the top plate. It's interesting to mention, that even black leather case has special metal plaque with "Zenit-6" markings engraved on the top


Camera opposite from private collection in China.


Zenit-6  #6600746.



Less common to find version with Cyrillic markings on the frontplate. Strap lugs on the top plate. Black shutter speeds disk (see picture below). Shutter advance lever has black plastic head already. Fitted with very rare early type of Rubin-1 37-80/2.8 lens #0366. Camera opposite from Ilya Stolyar (USA) collection. 



Zenit-6  #6801115.