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I am an Soviet and Russian camera collector residing in State of Illinois, USA. I have only somewhat recently started collecting (since May 2007) these fine examples of Soviet and Russian mechanical engineering and design that until late 80s have been closed off to the rest of the world. Now that these cameras have come to light, I want to share them with all of you. Recently I have decided to start cataloging Soviet and Russian cameras online, thus the project was born, which is a Wiki catalog of Russian and Soviet cameras.
Vlad's Soviet/Russian Photographic Equipment Collection

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Zenit 18

Vlad's Description
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Wiki Catalog Entry

Brother to Zenit-19 but with automatic control of shutter speed. Has full aperture metering, but with special lenses having additional electric contacts. Only Zenitar-ME1 50mm/f:1,7 was made with the contacts. Similar looking system was used in Paktica, but lenses don't match together electronically. No depth of field button, so metering with other lenses than Zenitar-ME1 is clumsy: lens has to be stopped down manually with lens "A/M" button, or only manual & preset lenses can be used. Shutter speeds 1 - 1/1000s.
Manufactured 7001 pcs in 1980- 1987

81000469 - Vlad

83000436 - Fred_L (Zenitar ME-1 #830135)

83000442 - seen on ebay (Zenitar M #825393)

83000635 - Fred_L (Zenitar ME-1 #860265)

83000675 - seen on ebay (Helios 44M #8205447)

84001324 - seen on ebay (Zenitar ME-1 #850261)

8500234 - seen on ebay (Zenitar #820648)

8600140 - Fred_L (Zenitar ME-1 #861415)

8601105 - Fred_L (Zenitar ME-1 #870635)

8602047 Omega

8501778 - Avto Metreveli

8600301 David Tomlinson (Zenitar-ME1 #861825)

8602323 Juhani (Zenitar-ME1 #861738)

8601099 ex-Juhani (Zenitar-ME1)

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