Russian lens manufacturer Zenit has announced four new manual focus prime lenses. A 60mm f/2.8 macro and 58mm f/1.9 are made for Nikon F and Canon EF, whereas 50mm f/1.5 and 35mm f/2 are made for Sony E-mount cameras.
Three new Zenit lenses were recently rumored for Sony E-mount. Two of them have now been announced: the Zenitar 60mm f/2.8 macro and the Selena 58mm f/1.9. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait for the Sony version some more. The 58mm f/1.9 will be available in Nikon F and Canon EF, while the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens will only come in Nikon F.
Zenit is expected to announce some new lenses in September or October, according to various reports. Sony Alpha Rumours says that three lenses will be announced in October, including a 35mm f/2.0, a 58mm f/1.8 and a 60mm f/2.8 Macro – all for Sony E Mount.
Photar, however, believes that the 60mm Macro will be getting shown off “in the fall” and specifically states the 35mm f/2 as coming in September. They also say that the 60mm f/2.8 Macro will be for Canon EF and Nikon F, with no mention of Sony.
From vintage golden rings to lifelike animals, hidden cameras come in many interesting shapes, sizes and purposes. But in a recently sold collection of Russian spy cameras at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, one of them caught my eye. It’s a spy camera disguised as – a camera. Sometimes works best to hide things in the most obvious places, and this is a perfect example.
After more than ten years, Russian camera manufacturer Zenit is back in business. They have announced a comeback in 2018, with a new full frame mirrorless digital camera. The brand started producing 35mm film cameras in 1952, and in the 1960s and 1970s, they were exported to 74 countries. The last camera was Zenit KM Plus. It was produced in 2005, after which the factory ceased.
But now it seems we can expect Zenit’s return, with modern features of a full frame digital mirrorless camera, but recognizable Zenit’s design.
The Zenit E is one of the Soviet Union’s most enduring photographic legacies. Designed in the mid-1960s, it was produced on an eye-watering scale. Millions and millions – as many as 12 million, some believe – were produced in Soviet factories until the middle of the 1980s, by which time it’s rough and ready charms were decidedly old hat.
I reviewed the Zenit E in the early days of my own blog – it was one of the SLR cameras I’d burned a bunch of rolls through. The Zenit E’s a pretty uninspiring camera if you look at the specifications – a handful of shutter speeds, chunky, clunky lines, an uncoupled selenium meter and screw mount lenses.
It turns out, though, that the Zenit E’s unsophisticated, uncluttered CV makes it a pretty decent sunny weather camera…