I'm glad so many of you shared your stories - I think those first cameras have so much mystique, when you look at them through the eyes of the often very young person who held them in awe all those years ago! I remember thinking that the Zenit was something akin to a sextant, with its light meter and little exposure calculator - so crude now, but back then I remember feeling like I was in on some big secret when my dad showed me how to work the whole contraption! Not to mention, I looked at the first picture of me with that camera, and it looks like a Pentax 6x7 compared to my then little self! To me its magic, I think some of you must have felt the same way to be here talking about it after all these years! Thanks for your memories!