|KMZ, Zenit-E, 35mm SLR. Photograph gallery.|
Painted Lady butterfly, one of the UKs migratory species, gorging itself on a Buddlea. A selective enlargement representing about 30% of the negative area. This was taken with the Zenit's standard 50mm Helios, but with 30mm extension tube fitted. Close up photography is fascinating and a sure way to waste whole rolls of film. Having said that I only took this one shot of this chap.
|Oh well, while we are playing around with the extension tubes here's a wonderful little green fly. The Zenit E is a perfectly usable camera, the Helios 44-2 lens is very good but benefits from a lens hood to help reduce lens flare.|
|It's amazing what you see when you look at a close up photograph, this is an enlarged section of the shot at left. The black cluster in the centre measures about 1.5mm across on the original negative.|
|Enough of the close up stuff. The Zenit's good enough for everyday use - just remember that it won't stop down automatically. I get caught out for a few frames on each roll because I am always switching between cameras. You can pick up a Zenit E for almost nothing, the body is okay and the lenses lovely. Just a touch of lens flare creeping in from the bright sky between the trees.|
© Living Image Vintage Cameras 2000-2018