Zenit and Leica join forces to create a digital rangefinder camera Zenit M

Sep 26, 2018

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Zenit and Leica join forces to create a digital rangefinder camera Zenit M

Sep 26, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Looks like teaming up with Panasonic/Sigma isn’t the only interesting collaboration Leica is up to. Leica and Zenit are joining forces to build Zenit M, a new digital full-frame rangefinder camera. This collaboration has been rumored for a while, and now, it’s finally official.

Krasnogorsky Zavod (the manufacturer of Zenit) has presented the camera on this year’s Photokina. It was previously rumored that the upcoming Zenit digital rangefinder will actually be a modified Leica SL. However, according to Krasnogorsky Zavod, it will actually be based on Leica M Type 240, with tweaks in both hardware and software. In terms of design, the Zenit M copies the designs of the legendary Zenit and Zorky cameras.

The camera is to come with a redesigned Zenitar 35 mm f/1.0 lens. According to the company, it will produce “unique bokeh and soft focus effect.”

Vadim Kaliugin, CEO of KMZ Zenit, says that Zenit M will be “not only a high-quality device with elaborate ergonomic design and high optical characteristics, but a really smart camera which will provide high image quality.”

The Zenit M is coming in December 2018 in Europe and January 2019 in Russia. You’ll be able to find it both at Zenit’s online store and in “selected photo shops,” the company writes.

As someone who has grown up using a vintage Zenit camera, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Zenit M will look like and how it will perform. There’s still no word on the price, but we’ll keep you updated on it as soon as it’s announced.

UPDATE: Zenit M now has a dedicated website, and specs of the camera and the lens are out:

The camera

Image sensor
Resolution 24MP
Sensor type CMOS
Sensitivity range ISO 200 to ISO 6400, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, automatic control or manual setting
Basic settings
White balance Automatic, manual, 7 presets
Shutter
Picture series Approx. 3 pictures/s, ≤ 12 pictures in serie
Self-timer 2s or 12s
Lens
Lens mount Zenitar M-mount
Lens in a set ZENITAR 35 mm f/1.0
Exposure
Shutter speed 60-1/4000s
Manual setting of exposure and aperture Available
Flash exposure compensation ±3 1/3 EV adjustable in EV 1/3
Metering principle / method Spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering
Memory and interface
Memory card types SD, SDHC, SDXC
Data formats DNG™ (raw data), JPEG
Power supply
Battery 1
Battery capacity 1800 mAh
Video and sound recording
Video/sound recording Available
Video recording formats Motion JPG / Quicktime
Maximum resolution for video 1920 x 1080
Size and weight
Size (Width x Depth x Height) Approx. 138.6 x 42 x 80 mm without lens
Weight Approx. 680 gr with battery, without lens

Lens technical data

Focal length 35 mm
Relative aperture (max / min) 1:1.0 / 1:16
Angular field 61,7°
Transmittance ≥0,86
Working distance 27.8 mm
Lenses / components 9 / 8
Lens mount Bayonet M-mount
Focusing range limits from 0.8 m to ∞
Length of the lens (set to ∞, without cap) 88 mm
Maximum diameter of the ring 74 mm
Weight without cap 740 gr

 

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3 responses to “Zenit and Leica join forces to create a digital rangefinder camera Zenit M”

  1. Nuri S. Gedik Avatar
    Nuri S. Gedik

    They leaked zenith digital cameras few month or season ago.. Its design looks like the Leica SL..

    1. jadon Avatar
      jadon

      False rumor, this is official

  2. Žilvinas Stravinskas Avatar
    Žilvinas Stravinskas

    Very nice!