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Michael Jackson had a Soviet Zenit-E camera - is it true?

"Your cameras can't control the minds of those who know...," Michael Jackson sings in the song "Privacy." Few people know, but as a child the singer was fond of film photography, and he had his own camera, and what a camera! Read about "Zenithomania", which probably touched even the King of Pop, in our article.

Exclusive photos of Michael Jackson as a child and the story of Zenit-E

Career michael jackson has an interesting structure, because before becoming "pop king.", he established himself as a major member of the group, which consisted of his brothers. The Jackson 5. This soul and rhythm and blues The team was able to become one of the great phenomena of pop music in the early 70s because of its unique and unique sound.

Michael during this period of his life dressed brightlywore afrowhich was in keeping with the style of the groups Jacksonshe was just getting ready for a grand future. Images of the singer In those years were captured by one photographer, who shot Jackson for the magazine Right On! And most surprisingly, in one of the pictures you can see in the hands of Michael... Soviet camera?

Young Michael Jackson with a camera
Young Michael Jackson with a camera

History of the Zenit-E

Camera is now one of the main attributes of man, because it allows us to capture the most important moments in life, the emotions of others, and then becomes a tool for memory playback. IN 70s of the last century, when cameras were with filmsThe pictures were very popular among young people and adults alike. Authentic images with a special charm won the desire to buy photographic equipment. One of the key machines of that generation was Soviet Zenit-E and its related models "EM" and "ET.".

Zenit-E camera
Zenit-E camera

It was issued with 1965 at 1986 And had a very simple functionalityIt was created for the purpose of mass market consumersby attracting with its priced at. For lovers related epoch it was a real gift.

Photo taken with the Zenit-E
Photo taken with the Zenit-E

For more than 20 years sales in the photographic equipment market it acquired in Soviet Union LegendaryThe number of units sold (more than 8 million) is largely due to the number of units sold. It is important to note that also "Zenit-E" and its subsequent modifications "EM" and "ET." on the international market proved to be very profitable. It's all thanks to the price of the product - no small-format single-objective SLR camera could not withstand the competition.

Zenit-EM camera
Zenit-EM camera

Photo of Michael with a suspiciously similar camera

In 1972 year youth magazine «Right On!"which was published primarily for African-American teenagers, has released another issue. It included exclusive pictures participants The Jackson 5. Interestingly, this periodical focused on the promotion of this group. More than two years on the cover of each issue appeared At least one of the Jacksons.

The Jackson 5 Band
The Jackson 5 Band

In a popular publication. 1972 main star of all the images became young Michaelwho was photographed with the with a film camera. A mystery for later generations has been the question of the brand of this object. Soviet and Russian audiences argue that it is definitely "Zenit-E" or "EM" With a distinctive lens "Helios-44-2.. This fact in turn makes it possible to say that goods from the USSR were popular and abroadeven in capitalist countries, where the production of their own photographic equipment was quite developed.

Michael Jackson with a camera in 1972
Michael Jackson with a camera in 1972

Suspicious resemblance to the Soviet "Zenith. The features of the shutter speed dial and the button that houses the shutter can be seen in the photos. Also noteworthy is the pride Soviet Union - Helios-44-2 lens. It was the most affordable, and, remarkably, this staff lens, costing about 30 rubles, was compatible and with foreign equipmentThe use of this device was greatly expanded.

Michael Jackson with a camera bag, 1972
Michael Jackson with a camera bag, 1972

Against the assertion of this fact speaks color photographwhere the camera lens can be seen more clearly and no longer has an identical image to the Soviet one "Helios.. In addition, in one of the pictures, Michael is holding on to camera handleand the "Zenith." she wasn't there.

Michael Jackson with a camera that looks like a Zenith E
Michael Jackson with a camera that looks like a Zenith E

How could Michael have a Soviet camera?

As stated earlier, "Zenit-E" sold outside the USSR. And this is the first fact that points to the likelihood of acquiring Michael or his family of such photographic equipment. At the same time, it is worth noting that sales of the Soviet camera were carried out as under original title marks in the Latin alphabet, as well as under foreign brands. Because of its low price for a DSLR (about $20 to $30 for a whole film camera compared to a mechanical «Nikkormat»sold in the USAThe family's family, which included the working class, seemed like a real fairy tale. Michael).

A Japanese Nikkormat camera
A Japanese Nikkormat camera

Even in XXI century camera from 70s continues to generate interest in the world, and it is still often purchased by amateur photographers at foreign flea markets. So . MichaelAlthough he was not a natural-born photographer, as a child he accidentally contributed to the popularizing Soviet photo equipment.

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