No, I am not a communist, and neither is my dad.

I recently found out my dad had an old film camera back home. I have been trying to get some experience with film lately, through borrowing a friend’s, so this was an exciting prospect. It turns out that this camera was made back in Russia about 30-35 years ago. It is the Zenit EM (Cambron for us Americans, but manufactured in S.U).  It appears to be 100% mechanical – no batteries. All the adjustments (ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, etc) are manual, no auto suggestions of any kind…this should be interesting! This particular model shows the Olympic Rings – I believe this was a special edition to commemorate the 1980 Olympics.

Apparently my dad got this camera back in the day just before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It was during this time that people began to give my dad a hard time for supporting the Soviets and the war (AKA “are you a communist or what?!”)! If you have ever met my dad, you know this could not be further from the truth, so this is actually funny to hear now.

So now I have the camera and I am looking forward to using it! I have yet to shoot with it, but stay posted as images WILL be coming down the road. I will be sure to point them out when I post them.

Stay tuned Comrades!

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2 thoughts on “No, I am not a communist, and neither is my dad.

  1. Anonymous January 5, 2012 / 7:50 am

    This camera was actually recomended by a college professor to his students to get started with. He thought it would be a great training tool. RB

    • Andy Buckner January 5, 2012 / 8:01 am

      Oh yes! I did forget to mention that fact! After looking at it closer, I can see why it was recommended…It is 100% manual. I am sure I will be blowing through some bad images in the beginning as I get the hang of it.

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