An ebay bargain, this camera looks the same as the Zenit 12XP until you look through the view finder.
The metering in this first model is a needle affair straight from the Zenit TTL, . Using a PX-13 mercury battery the needle is simple to use, but not easy to see against dark backgrounds. I need to point out here that these batteries are no longer available (enviromentaly unfriendly etc!) so a suitable replacement such as a LR9 cell has to be used.
In use the camera feels solid, the shutter having a loud 'clunk' as it's released. The image quality, as allways, from the 44M-4 lens is clear and sharp, the horizontal lines being the result of a dirty light seal on the film cartridge used, my mistake not a camera fault.
In all other respects this camera seems to be a re-worked TTL and is the same in feel as the later 12XP.