A Zenit 11 review? Why on Earth are Light Stalking reviewing an obscure, 40-year-old, Soviet film camera? Well, its partly a labour of love and nostalgia, and partly because if you want to dabble in film photography, then there is probably no cheaper option than a Zenit SLR. Built like tanks and ruggedly simple, many of them have stood the test of time. A quick search on eBay will reveal many Zenit’s, EMs, 11s, 12s and various other models. All are pretty similar, most will not set you back more than $50 and that includes the lens. So what of this nostalgia?
I Chose The Complicated One
As a teenager, I wanted to be many things. A pilot, a doctor, a vet. However, the idea of being a photographer had never crossed my mind. Until August 1983, my 16th birthday. I wanted a camera. I had no idea why, to be honest, but my parents agreed to buy me one. The decision, in the local camera shop, came down to the sleek modern looking Olympus Trip, or the heavy lump of pig iron and buttons, the Zenit 11. I am guessing you know which one I chose.
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Jason has more than 35 years of experience as a professional photographer. He now concentrates on producing travel stock photography and video from around the world, and you can get to know him better here