All of these photos are also on this site, but are here to blow away a
few myths about the
Zenit-E and its cousins. This means the ones that are still in a working state.
Myth nr 1. You can't use a Zenit on a Airshow it's to slow and Cumbersome..
Well... That is certainly NOT true... (pics from my Airshows in Europe page)
September 1994 Farnborough Airshow
C17 "Globemaster" F-15 Strike Eagle and Boeing B17-G Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" (Filmversion?)
Shots taken with a Zenith E and 58 mm Helios Lens.
July 3 1995 Volkel Airforce Base
Sukhoi Su-22M-4 Fitter-K, Mig 29 Fulcrum, a very nice Mig-21 and the Hinds.
Shots taken with a Zenith E, 58 mm Helios Lens fitted with a 2 times teleconverter.
Myth nr 2. Macro photography can't be done with a Zenit.
It does not have enough slow speeds...
Well... allright it does not have enough slow speeds. But equipped with macro rings and a tripod good shots are indeed possible. And doesn't everybody use a tripod with macros?
These shots were made with a 80-200 mm zoom lens (my repaired Unitax lens) equipped with macro rings and set to macro mode. A tripod was used to hold the set steady.
Myth nr 3. The PhotoSniper Set is not capable of making good shots.
It's not stable enough and cumbersome in use..
It's an intimidating set, this is true. But stable enough. Cumbersome? I think not.
It's a great set to work with for natureshots or for black and white.
These three photos were made with an Zenit-ES manual SLR and a TAIR 300 mm coated lens.
Myth nr 4. The PhotoSniper was designed by the Seventh Chief Directorate of the KGB.
No, it wasn't. It was made, like all Zenits by KMZ in Moscow. (nice short answer).
Myth nr 5. The Photosniper was made exclusively for the Red Army.
Sorry, it was sold both in the east and the west. Pherhaps the Red army and the KGB used them, I don't know. (another nice short answer).
Myth nr 6. You can't make good shots with a Zenit, it is too old!
Well, let these photos speak for themselfves....