Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
My first SLR was a rebadged Zenit -- the Cosmorex SE. I loved that camera and shot quite a bit of film with it.

I later got rid of it.

Years later, I bought another for $10 or so and was surprised how crude it now felt.

I remember that when I bought the Cosmorex back around 1974 or so, there were some Kodak Retinas in the case. But I had my heart set on a new camera, so I had to have the Cosmorex.
Some of the rebadging efforts were... crude: A piece of plastic glued over the Zenit name to hide the nasty communist origin.

I'm sure in real terms the camera cost more to produce than it sold for in the West, but it supplied the USSR with 'hard' currency so they could buy whatever they couldn't make.