Zenit-19 & MC Helios-77m-4 – the pinnacle of Soviet camera design!


Zenit-19 soviet film SLR camera

Comes with one of the best soviet lenses Helios-77M-4 50mm f/1.8


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Zenit-19 film SLR camera in very good condition


This camera was the pinnacle of Soviet camera design with the m42 lens mount. It was originally called the MT1. It has a match needle stopped down metering system and an electronically timed shutter.

The shutter is a metal fan type vertically traveling shutter.

This camera will not operate without two PX625 or equivalent batteries, the databack uses 3 more 625 batteries.

This camera is fully finished in black with a rubber fabric. Zenit is painted in white on the prism and 19 is painted in white on the right top front. The shoulder strap lugs are on the front and the flash receptacle is on the upper left front. On the lower right is the self timer and release and the depth of field preview which serves as the meter on switch also. On the top left deck is the rewind crank and a red battery test button. There is a hot shoe on the prism. The right deck has the film advance lever, a blue rewind button, a locking shutter release button with cable release connection and the shutter speed dial.



Produced: 1979-1987
Name: „Зенит-19“
Producer: KMZ
Frame size: 24×36.
Lens: MC Helios-77m-4 50mm f/1.8.
Shutter: 1s-1/1000s + B +T.


Camera is in very good condition.

Other then some light marks in the view finder, there are no issues to report.

In testing the camera meter showed odd results – perhaps included LR44 batteries are not the best fit, but shutter works well on all speeds nonetheless.
*Priced and sold as camera with none working meter..


Metal shutter sounds like a well calibrated of AK47  – the cloth shutter of earlier models are very clunky by comparison

Camera comes with one of the best soviet lenses – the “pocket Helios-40”!

Lens can be used for other Zenit SLRs, as well as on Fujica, Pentax, Practica.
Great for photo & video on DSLR via adaptors(m42 to Nikon/Canon etc), mirrorless systems: Sony NEX, Olympus Pen, Panasonic G, Canon EOS M, Nikon 1, FujiFilm X-mount etc.


Lens is in excellent condition!

Lens barrel has very few signs of use.

Glass is clean and clear, no fungus, no haze, no scratches.

Might have few light wipe marks / few dust particles inside, but nothing to affect image quality.

Mechanically is very good – focusing is smooth.

Aperture blades are snappy, free from oil.



Name: MC Helios-77m-4

Producer: “Jupiter”, Valday, Russia

Focal length: 50mm

Aperture: f/1.8-16

Mount: m42 screw mount

Number of aperture blades: 6

Minimal focus: 45cm

Elements In Group: 6 in 4

Filter size: 52mm

Weight: 240g

Comes with original case/strap( top can be de-touched, so it becomes half-case) + MC Helios-77m-4 50mm f/1.8.



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