Legendary Russian brand Zenit made a comeback last year with a full-frame digital mirrorless camera Zenit M. After a long wait, the camera is now available for orders in the US. And although Zenit has been famous for being budget-friendly, the Zenit M camera is priced like a Leica.
The initial rumors said Zenit M would be based on a Leica SL, but it’s actually a modified Leica M (Typ 240). The difference between the two is in the design and the software: the Zenit M doesn’t feature the 6-bit lens code reader and it packs Zenit software. This means that the only lens profiles in the camera are for Zenit lenses. You can use Leica M lenses, but the camera won’t make automatic corrections.
While we’re at lenses, the Zenit M is sold in the US together with a 35mm f/1.0 Zenitar lens. The kit costs the unbelievable $6,995 – and this is at a discount. The camera with the lens will cost $7,895 at the regular price. It’s worth noting that only 500 cameras will be sold worldwide, so this certainly affects the price tag. And also, this is essentially a Leica camera. So, I guess expecting an affordable Zenit camera would probably be irrational.
If you’re interested in getting a Zenit M, it’s available in the Zenit store and ready to ship. Currently, only the silver version is available, but the black version is coming soon, too.
|Sensitivity range||ISO 200 to ISO 6400, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, automatic control or manual setting|
|White balance||Automatic, manual, 7 presets|
|Picture series||Approx. 3 pictures/s, ≤ 12 pictures in serie|
|Self-timer||2s or 12s|
|Lens mount||Zenitar M-mount|
|Lens in a set||ZENITAR 35 mm f/1.0|
|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|
|Battery capacity||1800 mAh|
|Video and sound recording|
|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|
|Focal length||35 mm|
|Relative aperture (max / min)||1:1.0 / 1:16|
|Working distance||27.8 mm|
|Lenses / components||August 9, 2019|
|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|
[via Leica Rumors]