NaBloPoMo – Cameras – Zenit 3M

The Zenit 3M and the Zorki 6 (shown previously) were based on the Zorki 5 body but with a hinged back.  The Zenit 3M was identical the Kristall produced fin 1961 and 1962 with the exception of the top plate.  The Kristall had a cast metal plate and the Zenit 3M had a stamped plate.  The Zenit 3M was produced from 1962 to 1970.

This well worn example was made in 1966.  The Zenit 3M like all previous KMZ SLRs used a M39 mount lense with the same lense registration as the M42 "Pentax" mount.  Thus a cross between the Pentax and Leica lens mounts.

Here is a side by side shot with the Zorki 6 showing the common body design.  Also since both have the Industar 50 lens,  one can see the extension ring used to make up the difference.  See Saracom for more details.

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