Zenit 12XP Review

Click here if this is your business
★★★★☆
4.2 / 5
85% of users recommend this
Click here if this is your business
  • Photograph Quality

  • Features

  • Ease of Use

  • Value For Money

Guest's review of Zenit 12XP

★☆☆☆☆
Zenit 12XP

“The Zenit is probably one of the worst SLRs ever made....”

Written on: 14/03/2011

The Zenit is probably one of the worst SLRs ever made. Some people seem to like this camera because it is simple and mechanical and i makes you learn to shoot photos. The same can be said about Nikon F, F2, Nikkormat, Pentax Spotmatic, Olympus OM1 etc. I've used all of them. And they have much better quality and useability, Zenit wasn't even the best russian mechanical SLR the Kiev 19 was much better.



Problems:

The main problem with Zenit, is the hard shutter button, the 60% finder coverage (nikon had 100%), the bad mechanical machining (I had three of them all stopped working). If you want a classical mechanical camera to actually use then it's no need to buy a Zenit, you can get a used Pentax, Nikon, Olympus or Canon for a cheap price on the web these days. You will learn more about photography espescially composing with the better finder, and feel the lovely mechanical smoothness that only Japaneese and German cameras had.

  • Over 1 Year

    Time Camera Owned

  • Photograph Quality

  • Features

  • Ease of Use

  • Value For Money

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Jjbink's Comment

Written on: 02/01/2012

Quite agree Zeniths are a clunky dated (even at the time ) novelty.
They are quaint in a USSR type of way, I own various Feds, Zorki, Zenith etc also Practica and Olympus, Pentax etc.The Zenith is so far behind the Practica in weight, build reliability feel etc. I got out my Practica after 10 years and it works like new, The Zenith needed its shutter retensioning.
They are popular beyond their capability, but at least they kept Technical and Optical in business.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review