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Zenit cameras.

My Satellite Setup
Pace 2200 Sky digibox with ftv card, Comag SL65 FTA sat receiver, 40cm Sky minidish, Setpal terrestrial receiver (for free uk tv only!).
My Location
(Photography, but still retro tech!).

These were the cheapest SLRs you could buy, but built like a tank, and weighed about the same. Taking the lens off mine was a bit like lifting the engine out of a car. Took good pics, but difficult to lift up - never mind hold and point - the idea of taking it on holiday was a bit silly.

www.rus-camera.com/camera.php?page=zenit .

I was amazed to find these were very well thought of, and modern versions are still being produced!

Mine was one of these:

www.zenit.istra.ru/mans/zenit-e/zenit-e-eng.html .

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Suffering fools, so you don't have to.
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My Satellite Setup
A little less analogue, and a lot more crap.
My Location
UK South
I had a Practika SLR, (probably still in he shed somewhere)
Was really cheap,

all the screws fell out and were lost on overseas trips - patched up with tape and a bit of glue -

got sand in it from many beaches - I simply washed it in the sink -

Being a thread lens system, any replacement was exceedingly cheap -

but it worked for years, and upon reflection never actually went wrong.