Mysterious Russian Camera: Zenit 35F


The Zenit 35F is a simple 35 mm compact camera with 3 iso settings and fixed shutter speed. It’s armed with the legendary Minitar 1 lens – the same lens which the Lomo LC-A has.

Not too much information is available on the camera. Reviewed here a pair of Zenit 35F in black and rare red color.

Zenit 35F is a vintage Russian camera which has the legendary Minitar 1 lens, it has a 35mm focal length with an f5.6 aperture. The camera has a single shutter speed of 1/125s and 3 iso settings 100, 200 & 400 ISO.

Switching the iso on the camera actually changes the aperture of the lens. f5.6 for iso 100, f8 for iso 200 and f16 for iso 400. There is an underexposure led light in the viewfinder to warn the picture taker and a built-in flash both powered by 2 AA-sized battery. The flashlight can be manually switched on/off by the user. The black Zenit 35F is the most common type among all. A black one with a decal for the logo is uncommon and the red one is rare and hard to find. Some pictures I made with this camera:

Zenit 35F is a mysterious camera with many untold secrets surrounding its existence. If you find one, go try it!

This camera review was written by weihsuan. Visit the Online Shop or Gallery Stores for more analogue finds!

written by weihsuan on 2010-08-10 #gear #russian #review #zenit #point-and-shoot #minitar-1 #user-review #vinatge #35f


  1. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    Wonderful review! Nice photos, too!!!

  2. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    dude @weihsuan wanna trade? hahaha!

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Looks like a cool camera! Never heard about it... but the pictures look great! Apparently double exposure is easy to do :)

  4. weihsuan
    weihsuan ·


    =) Yes double exposure is easy to do. There's no double exposure prevention mechanism, so you can do as many exposures as you wish.

    panelomo: not for this +D

  5. dogma
    dogma ·

    WoW this is really something! never heard about this cam

  6. danleyvafoto
    danleyvafoto ·

    During a clean-up I discovered TWO of them, tucked away in the proverbial shoe box. They are brand new, with their plastic hard cases, manuals and wrist strap. Presently, I'm scanning the first pictures ever taken with either one of 'em. Any idea when were they produce?

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