Metering system on Zenit

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    Hi everyone,

    Recently I have discovered my dad's cold-war Zenit is actually still working.
    Which is great of course, and I'm keen to start shooting with it!

    However... There doesn't seem to be any metering system. Although I do ignore
    the metering system on the dSLR (I just shoot and adjust lighting and shoot again),
    I do need one on the 35mm film SLR... Somehow I dont really fancy the idea
    of having 72 frames of underexposed or overexposed photos developed.

    This is a photo of the camera:


    I do think the square above the lens has to do with the metering system... It's just
    that there is no indication in the viewfinder or anywhere else on the camera that I
    can tell.
    My blog, containing a lot more photos:
    http://bjornvansteenbergen.blogspot.com


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    Google is your friend - I Googled it and got a whole bunch of pages. Perhaps you could find a manual? Typically in this time period the meter was a needle visible some where in the view finder, typically on the side that swings with adjustment. The exposure is correct when the needle was centered. You should check for a battery because it might be dead.
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    Amazingly, there isn't a battery.

    I did come across a user manual for the Zenit-E which is helpful...
    But still I'm confused. I did find an exposure pointer thingy, but all
    it did was run away when I turned the shutter time dial.

    Also, I dont know how to set the aperture on the camera and that
    seems rather important for the exposure meter.
    My blog, containing a lot more photos:
    http://bjornvansteenbergen.blogspot.com

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    Ok, it's probably solar.

    Usually the f stops are adjusted by turning a ring on the lens. There should be one adjustment for focus and another for the f-stops. There might be a little button or blade you need to hold down to allow the adjustment to turn.
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