Zenit 5 The World's First Camera With Electric Motor Drive Rare

Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE



Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE

Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE

Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE
Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE



Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE


Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE



Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE


Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE

Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE


Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE

Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE


Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE    Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE




Worthy exhibit in the collection. Camera Zenit 5 was presented to the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. 1964 For the USSR, the time of dreams and accomplishments.

And in the country and abroad fiction is incredibly popular. The cycle of Isaac Asimov's stories I, Robot, which determined the topic of development of robotics in literature (and in science too), was released in 1950! The novel Eden by Stanislav Lem was already written and in 1966 it will be published in Russian. In the novel, robots help people do hard, monotonous, or dangerous work on an alien planet. Humanity is already mentally ready for the emergence of robotics.

It was at this time in the USSR that a camera corresponding to the era should have appeared and appeared in principle. It was Zenit-5 and now we will look at it in more detail. Frame size - 24 × 36 mm. The type of photographic material used is perforated 35 mm film photographic film (film type 135). Camera body: The body of the camera is cast from an aluminum alloy with an opening back wall. The pressing table is glassy, more wear-resistant than metal, which reduces the rubbing of the film during rewinding. Shutter cocking and film rewinding with built-in electric motor powered by built-in four D-0.2 nickel-cadmium accumulator batteries. The device was completed with a network charger, the batteries were charged without removing from the camera. Full charge enough to produce about 400 shots. Film pulling speed - 1-1, 5 frames per second. In the event of a discharge of power sources, the Zenit-5 had a film rewind head and a shutter platoon.

The height of the chamber in comparison with Zenit-4 increased slightly (he had a trigger platoon). Film rewind with a tape-type head on the side wall of the chamber. The automatic self-resetting frame counter when opening the rear wall shows the remaining number of frames. Tripod socket thread - 3/8 inch. Exposure range from 1 sec.

Shutter sync with electronic flash - any (cable sync "X"), with disposable chemical - recommended more than 1/30 sec. Or connect to sync "M".

The flash unit was mounted in a holder on a removable bracket. Shutter operation When the shutter was set, the personnel window was closed by two hingedly suspended opaque flaps located in the focal plane (each flap had a size of 12 × 36 mm, located along the long side of the frame), the mirror was lowered, the diaphragm and shutter petals opened. After closing the flaps, film rewinding occurred. A photographer could produce sighting, framing, focusing, defining and setting the correct exposure.

After pressing the shutter-release button, the shutter petals closed, the diaphragm closed to the preset value, the mirror rose, lightproof dampers were rejected. Then, the shutter petals at the right time opened and closed, that is, the shutter speed was worked out. Thus, the camera had a slightly longer shutter response time than single-lens reflex cameras with a focal shutter. The lens mount type is the C bayonet, geometrically similar to the German Bessamatic camera bayonet (Bessa), but different in the working length: 47.58 mm versus 44.70. Regular lens (with a "jumping" diaphragm) "Vega-3Ts" 2.8 / 50.

Zenit-5, like Zenit-4 (Zenit-6), is a camera with a semi-automatic exposure setting. Photoreceiver - a selenium photocell located outside.

In the field of view of the viewfinder, two arrows of the conjugate exposure meter are visible; they must be combined to properly set the exposure. The photosensitivity of the film from 16 to 500 units.

Single-lens mirror cameras "Zenit-4", "Zenit-5", "Zenit-6"; school camera "Voskhod", rangefinder "FED-10" and "FED-11" ("FED-Atlas") - the first Soviet cameras with semi-automatic exposure setting. The size of the viewfinder field of view is 23.2 × 35.2 mm. Focusing screen - frosted glass with Doden wedges. Pentaprism removable, can be replaced with a folding shaft with a magnifying glass. Pentaprism viewfinder eyepiece magnification - 5 ×.
Attitude towards the camera: Zenit-5 is an apparatus, as it is now fashionable to say, an image one. Image both for the owner and for the country of origin. Motor in the camera for the 60s is very bold. To the madness of the brave, we sing a song... Even now, a camera with a non-replaceable battery would have caused skepticism among consumers.


And in the 64th year This device could not be massive and popular. The circulation of only 11.5 thousand copies only confirms this idea. Unfortunately, the electric motors in Zenit-5 were not very high quality. The materials of which the engine parts were made were of poor quality. According to modern masters, all parts of the engines quickly oxidized and the motors stopped working.

I have not met a single Zenith-5 with a running engine. Moreover, Offers for the sale of these cameras with a power supply unit preserved from Soviet times are a rarity. Obviously, the meaning of this accessory disappeared even when the devices were young and the power supply units were thrown away. But what is strange to me is the low activity of enthusiasts in the repair of the electric motor in Zenit-5. Mechanics to fix this camera - yes - it's easier to kill yourself with a broom.

Not every master will take, and even less cope. Complex construction, no spare parts, always critical and complex assemblies break.

Modern technology allows you to embed the engine and even inside the old. Some information is taken and transferred from here. The item "Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE" is in sale since Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\35mm Cameras". The seller is "soviet-and-more" and is located in Kyiv. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Model: 5
  • Brand: Zenit



Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE    Zenit 5 the world's first camera with electric motor drive RARE