Zenit M camera is now available in the US and it’s priced like a Leica

Dec 16, 2019

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Zenit M camera is now available in the US and it’s priced like a Leica

Dec 16, 2019

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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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.

Specs:

Image sensor
Resolution24MP
Sensor typeCMOS
Sensitivity rangeISO 200 to ISO 6400, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, automatic control or manual setting
Basic settings
White balanceAutomatic, manual, 7 presets
Shutter
Picture seriesApprox. 3 pictures/s, ≤ 12 pictures in serie
Self-timer2s or 12s
Lens
Lens mountZenitar M-mount
Lens in a setZENITAR 35 mm f/1.0
Exposure
Shutter speed60-1/4000s
Manual setting of exposure and apertureAvailable
Flash exposure compensation±3 1/3 EV adjustable in EV 1/3
Metering principle / methodSpot, center-weighted, multi-field metering
Memory and interface
Memory card typesSD, SDHC, SDXC
Data formatsDNG™ (raw data), JPEG
Power supply
Battery1
Battery capacity1800 mAh
Video and sound recording
Video/sound recordingAvailable
Video recording formatsMotion JPG / Quicktime
Maximum resolution for video1920 x 1080
Size and weight
Size (Width x Depth x Height)Approx. 138.6 x 42 x 80 mm without lens
WeightApprox. 680 gr with battery, without lens
Lens specs
Focal length35 mm
Relative aperture (max / min)1:1.0 / 1:16
Angular field61,7°
Transmittance≥0,86
Working distance27.8 mm
Lenses / componentsAugust 9, 2019
Lens mountBayonet M-mount
Focusing range limitsfrom 0.8 m to ∞
Length of the lens (set to ∞, without cap)88 mm
Maximum diameter of the ring74 mm
Weight without cap740 gr

[via Leica Rumors]

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26 responses to “Zenit M camera is now available in the US and it’s priced like a Leica”

  1. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    April 1st already ?

  2. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    ??‍♂️ dear lord what are they thinking ?!
    i’d go for a leica at that price… or 8 fuji xt3…

    1. Eric Rolleiflex Avatar
      Eric Rolleiflex

      It’s a Leica – made by Leica, warranty is with Leica. Leica doesn’t offer such a fast 35mm lens, which is the Zenit. Zenit-M 100% Leica with only design cues and minor software suggestions by Zenit, Lens 100% designed and made by Zenit in Russia. True collaboration.

  3. Azik Avatar
    Azik

    iso up to 6400?

    1. Eric Rolleiflex Avatar
      Eric Rolleiflex

      Yes, mine goes to that :-)

  4. Jonathan Lewis-Jones Avatar
    Jonathan Lewis-Jones

    At those prices I’d rather buy a Leica.

    1. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
      Duncan Dimanche

      Jonathan Lewis-Jones yup

    2. Eric Rolleiflex Avatar
      Eric Rolleiflex

      It is a Leica (completely made by Leica nearly same as M240) You can’t buy a Leica M240 for $3k new and you can’t buy f/1.0 35mm lens from Leica at all and if you did you’d pay what $10k? So this is a great deal – you get a Leica rangefinder plus a super fast wide lens.

  5. Pavlos Pavlidis Avatar
    Pavlos Pavlidis

    Reminds me of the Sony rebranded Hasselblad cameras.

    1. Miroslav Vrzala Avatar
      Miroslav Vrzala

      Pavlos Pavlidis stellar

    2. Eric Rolleiflex Avatar
      Eric Rolleiflex

      Yeah for the camera, but the lens is 100% designed and made by Zenit in Russia.

  6. Miroslav Vrzala Avatar
    Miroslav Vrzala

    Should be a great seller

  7. Henry Shaw Avatar
    Henry Shaw

    Had a Zenit-D in the early 70’s the shutter slapped like 16′ wave crashing on a beach. I’ll pass.

  8. Arthur Janowsky Avatar
    Arthur Janowsky

    35mm f.1… that’s interesting

  9. David Chen Avatar
    David Chen

    When a knock-off company price their knock-off cameras more then the actual camera that they r trying to copy #smallbrains

  10. Willem Kemper Avatar
    Willem Kemper

    Zenith-e my first camera. The difference between that and a leica is in the same league as the difference between a toothbrush and an airplane…..

    1. Kse Ba Avatar
      Kse Ba

      Sure, but you don’t know the background for this camera (I’m russian and I know): it’s actually Leica, it’s designed and fabricated on the same locations, it just has a NAME from Zenith now… and they hope to sell their optics, that’s it.
      But anyway it doesn’t worth it, here I agree.

  11. Eric Rolleiflex Avatar
    Eric Rolleiflex

    Priced like a Leica? Hardly, if Leica made a 35mm f/1.0 it would be like $10k and with the Zenit-M kit you’re getting the lens and camera both for about the price the M240 originally sold for. The Zenit-M is 100% made by Leica, warranty handled by Leica.

  12. Sylvester Zawadzki Avatar
    Sylvester Zawadzki

    $enit! M stands for MONEY!

  13. Liam Smith Avatar
    Liam Smith

    The gangsters must be able to support their mistresses…..

  14. Trevor Smith Avatar
    Trevor Smith

    My first 35mm camera was the clunky Zenit E

  15. Sil Maut Avatar
    Sil Maut

    At that price, i can a few other brand name cameras like canon, sony, and nikon.

  16. Shane Adams Avatar
    Shane Adams

    In Soviet Russia camera shoots you.

  17. Aaron Ramirez Avatar
    Aaron Ramirez

    Um, no.

  18. Peter Foote Avatar
    Peter Foote

    Damn hipsters!

  19. Marco Furtado Avatar
    Marco Furtado

    LOL
    Stupid deals, gonna die very soon…