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    Zenit E - Shutter release not moving smoothly

    Hi everyone,

    I am having some trouble with my Zenit-E :

    Namely that the shutter release is not moving smoothly. Not only that, but the focal plane shutter will not "re attach" itself after the shot is made... Will this be a problem?

    Here's a video to show what I mean, since I am bad with words:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHbvn7Z39Qk

    Thank you,
    Richard

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    The film lever is not a big problem,a spring may have become un attached,but you could easily use the camera as you do, your big problem is the shutter curtains, they should connect and the film will be exposed to light all the time the curtains are like they are, in the U.K. I would suggest a camera repairer,but can't where you are, but if you want to use the camera it will need a trip to a repair shop, but I think they are plentiful and reasonably cheap, so if you want a Zenit I would look for another, possibly a later model, or if you have a collection of 45 thread lenses then a pracktica or old pentax spotmatic may be a better prospect,Hope this helps,Richard

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    Hi Richard:

    How much do you think repairs would cost?
    I could always get an estimate at the local camera shop.

    Richard

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    I guess repair cost would not matter as you got the most rarest E-Version.
    As shown on your video the camera is complety inverted compared to a standard E-model.
    Even the type inscription is inverted...

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    The "E" designation in Zenit-E comes from a Ukranian dialect word which means "paperweight"

    David

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    I got an E. The design has ist quirks, but still I like. Good to know that I can drive a nail with it if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Someonenameddavid View Post
    The "E" designation in Zenit-E comes from a Ukranian dialect word which means "paperweight"

    David
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

    "A photograph is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." Diane Arbus

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    If you are willing to do your own repair then you could look here http://http://tomtiger.home.xs4all.nl/.
    If not then just buy another one. Thankfully my Zenit came through Technical and Optical in London when it first came from the USSR. T&O checked each camera and didi repairs if needed, so their cameras were always in good condition even after all these years.

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    I watched to video and if a have no clue regarding the advance lever, to me the shutter issue might come from a weak tension of the closing curtain. At least, I would try to go this way if I were you (it actually saved a Zenit 3M I owned years ago).

    Take care.
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

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    Hi Richard. I think the general advice is to look for a new one. The repair cost is going to be much more than the cost of a replacement. Your lens will, of course, be fine if you get another body. Alex

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