This is the first serious film SLR I ever owned. I found it in a thrift shop for 10£, in a very good condition and perfectly working, so I bought it.
The Zenit-E is a very common camera, produced by the russian KMZ (Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod, the Mechanical Industries of Krasnogorsk), while some lenses where produced by BelOMO (Belorusskoe Optiko-Mechanichesckoye Obyedinenie, the Optical-Mechanical Industries of Belarus). It has been produced between 1965 and 1986.
Its good price and the fact that was sold under several brands made it a quite popular camera. Mine came with a Prinzflex 500E badge, which came off, revealing its true nature.
The standard lens that came with the camera is a Helios-44-2 58 mm f/2.0 lens with a 41mm filter thread and standard M42 screw mount. I also bought for this one a Helios f/2.8 28mm wide lens off eBay, for something around 15£ or less.
Overall is a decent camera, nothing super special, but it’s cheap, sturdy, built to resist and can take some really stunning pictures if used properly. The selenium light meter makes it usable without a battery and the major drawback I can think of is that this beast is HEAVY.