I've been thinking about trying a film camera for a while now and finally decided to take the plunge. I wanted a camera that could use the helios 44 and 40 lenses, which meant I needed to find something with an M42 mount. A bit of reading led me to the Zenit E, a soviet-era camera that was produced from 1965 to 1986.
One of the things I found intriguing about this specific camera is that is fully manual with no batteries at all. I figured that as long as I was going back to the stone age (film), I may as forgo the modern convenience of any electrical aids. But with that in mind, another cool feature of this camera is that it came with a built-in light meter (that frequently is no longer functional). As an added bonus it comes with the Helios 44-2 lens, which is one of the two lenses I was interested in.
So, with that being said, any tips/suggestions for a film neophyte. Any recommendations on where to get film developed (I'm not going to set up a dark room quite yet)? Any suggestions on what type of film to load first? Any tips or hints specifically about using a Zenit or Helios?
The camera is shipping from across the pond (Ukraine), so it will be a couple weeks before I have my new toy.