Russian-made Pentax K-mount
35mm TTL SLR camera


  • Camera type : 35mm TTL SLR camera
  • Lens mount : Pentax K mount
  • Shutter : horizontal-travel mechanical focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speeds : B, 1/8 - 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 x 2
  • Body dimensions : 145 x 104 x 99mm
  • Body weight : 580 g.
  • Accessories included : MC-Helios-44K-4 58mm f/2, strap, camera case.

The standard lens is MC-Helios-44K-4 58mm f/2.
This lens is one of the highest-quality lens of the Russian-made lenses.

Although the metering system built in this camera is stopped-down-aperture metering, normally a view in the finder shows at full aperture. So, focusing can be done at full aperture.
Exposure is metered only when the shutter release button is half-depressed and the finder shows preview image.
Beside the shutter release button, there is the round-shape shutter speed dial. Because the dial is half-embedded in the camera top, it might take a little time to get used to it.

The self-timer is set with the dial on camera side.
Like zenit122, location and shape of the dial is not so well, too.
The film speed setting dial is at the base of the rewind crank.
Compare to the shutter speed dial, this is much easier to use.

SMC Pentax-M Macro 100mm f/4 is attached to Zenit-212K.
Most of the Pentax K lenses are available on it, and of cource, MC-Helios lens can be attached to Pentax's camera body.

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