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KMZ, Zenit-XP, 35mm SLR. Photograph gallery.

The Zenit is very easy to make fun of, yet for all its crudeness - it really can be a very capable camera. Old 42mm screw lenses can be acquired for a fraction of their original cost so it is possible to build a comprehensive outfit for very little outlay. Don't worry about the results, it will shame many more expensive cameras. Wildlife photography may be difficult, as the camera makes fractionally less noise than a ship running aground when you release the shutter. These later versions are more convenient than the Zenit E, simply because the camera has the necessary linkages to automatically stop down the lens to the set aperture at the moment of release. This camera was bought for £8, including the Helios lens used for this picture.

Goose!

Weald and Down Museum dedicated to preserving English architecture from the surrounding area. Located roughly 5 miles North of Chichester. The buildings are dismantled piece by piece and then re-erected at the Museum.

Worth a visit!

wealddown.co.uk

<span class="lefted"><span class="righted">Weald and         Down Museum dedicated to preserving English architecture</span></span>

The same building from the previous shot, showing period furnishings and equipment in the kitchen.

<span class="lefted"><span class="righted">Weald and         Down Museum dedicated to preserving English architecture</span></span>

Thistle

The 40+ buildings at the Weald and Down museum are set in 50 acres of open space and woodland. In order to view all the buildings you have to walk through the park, though hugely biased, I have to say it is a very pleasant day out!! In this day of digital cameras it's nice to see that an old Zenit can still stand up next to a modern digital. You could process 56 films of high quality images (over 2000 pictures) for the cost of a reasonable digital.

Heavily cropped image, about 28% of frame.

Full 35mm frame. Part of the extensive woodland at the Weald and Down Museum. The Museum booklet suggests a minimum of 2 and 1/2 hours to see the site, take my advice - get up early and use the entire day, and be prepared to go back for more.

extensive woodland at the         Weald and Down Museum

Again heavily cropped, equivalent to 24 inch print. The original is very crisp - this doesn't translate well to the website.

 

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