Zenit 5

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The Zenit 5 is the World's first 35 mm SLR camera with a built-in electric motor, made by KMZ between 1964 and '68.[1] It is very similar to the Zenit 4 and Zenit 6, with bayonet-fitting interchangeable lenses and leaf shutter behind the lens, giving speeds 1 - 1/500 second, plus 'B'.

In addition to the features of the Zenit 4, the camera has a built-in electric motor film advance, powered by 4 built-in rechargeable batteries. It also has a manual advance knob (so that working examples of the camera can still be used, though Nathan Dayton states that the battery and/or motor of many are unusable.[2]


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p553.
  2. Zenit 35 mm SLR cameras including the Zenit 4 and 5, at Nathan Dayton's Communist Cameras.