Russian-made Praktica-mount
35mm TTL SLR camera


  • Camera type : 35mm TTL SLR camera
  • Lens mount : Praktica mount
  • Shutter : horizontal-travel mechanical focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speeds : B, 1/30 - 1/500 sec., flash sync at 1/30 sec.
  • Focusing screen : horizontal split-image prism + microprism +matte
  • TTL metering control : stopped-down-aperture metering (through preview image)
  • Film speed range : ISO 25 - 400, set manually.
  • Film transportation :
    • wind with the film wind lever on camera top,
    • rewind with the rewind crank on the camera top.
  • Frame counter : forward counting frame counter
  • Other spec. : preview by half-depressing shutter release button, built-in self-timer provided.
  • Power resources : LR44 (SR44) x 2
  • Body dimensions : 142 x 97 x 99mm
  • Body weight : 550 g.
  • Accessories included : MC-Zenitar-M2s 50mm f/2, strap, camera case.

Half-depressing the shutter release button indicates exposure by LED.
Each lamp indicates :
  • Red lamp (Top)- overexposure
  • Green lamp - correct exposure
  • Red lamp (Bottom) - underexposure
And at the same time, preview image at the set aperture value shows in the viewfinder.
*The shutter release button is comparatively heavy, so you may not need to worry about releasing the shutter by accident.

Power resources are two LR44 batteries.
The battery storage is at the right side of the eyepiece.
The standard lens is MC-Zenitar-M2s 50mm f/2.
It has a unique round shape.
The distance scale is indicated in the metric system, and the closest focusing distance is at 0.35m.

The self-timer is set with the dial on camera side.
Location and shape of the dial is not so well.
When the timer is set, the self-timer indicator in the window turns from red to green, and it begins running by depressing the button above the window.

The frame counter is forward-counting type.
It is reset by depressing the square button beside the shutter release button.
This button is also used as the R-button.

Two version of Zenit-122 are introduced now.
The one is Praktica-mount version (featured on this page),
and the other is Pentax K-mount version.

Pentax K-mount version is here.

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