In the last month, Zenit has announced some new lenses: the Zenitar 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, the Selena 58mm f/1.9 lens, and the Zenitar 35mm f/2 lens.
All three lenses are a part of the 7 lenses in the 2020 Zenit roadmap and are set to be available later this year.
Zenit doesn’t divulge too many details about the lenses, aside from the most basic specifications. In a press releases, Zenit says all three lenses will be constructed in the S. A. Zverev (KMZ) factory in Krasnogorsk, Russia, which has a long history of producing cameras and optics.
The Zenitar 60mm f/2.8 macro lens will offer a 1:1 magnification ratio and feature a minimum focusing distance of 23cm (9”).
“In terms of quality and level of performance, the new development is comparable to leading manufacturers. The lens is controlled from the camera thanks to a special electronic board. In the entire Zenitar line, this is the first lens with an electronically controlled aperture, which makes the shooting process more convenient. We plan to export the lens to the USA, Germany, Italy and China ”, – said Ivan Ozhgikhin, Deputy General Director of Shvabe.
Information on the Selena 58mm F1.9 is even more scarce, with no other specifications outside of the focal length and maximum aperture being revealed.
“Bokeh is especially appreciated in art photography – this effect opens up ample opportunities for experimentation. It provides the recognizable background blur that is characteristic of KMZ’s creative lenses and makes them popular among contemporary photographers. The new model of the device is suitable for various types of photography – genres are limited only by the author’s imagination, ”said Ivan Ozhgikhin, Deputy General Director of Shvabe.
As with the previous two lenses, detailed specifications of the Zenitar 35mm f/2 aren’t provided, but we do know it will be available for Sony E-mount cameras. Zenit says it plans to release future versions for other mirrorless mounts as well.
“The lens is made from 100% domestic components. Today it is presented in the E-mount version, but in the future, we plan to release versions for other mirrorless cameras. Zenitar-12 will appear on the Russian market in mid-October, ”said Ivan Ozhgikhin, Deputy General Director of Shvabe.
All three lenses are set to go on sale in the United States, Germany, Italy and China through Zenit’s online store and authorized retailers. The press releases suggest the lenses will be made available during the International Forum on Photography and Video Filming, which takes place from October 8–10 in Moscow.
More info on Zenit’s store.