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Zenit and Leica Unveil the Zenit M Full-Frame Rangefinder
Old 09-29-2018   #1
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Zenit and Leica Unveil the Zenit M Full-Frame Rangefinder

You read that right. Zenit and Lecia are in partnership and have build a digital RF M-mount camera together:


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The Russian camera brand Zenit has announced a new full-frame “mirrorless” camera. Called the Zenit M, it’s a rangefinder based on the Leica M (Type 240) created in collaboration with Leica.

Krasnogorsky Zavod, which manufactures Zenit-brand gear under the ownership of Shvabe Holding, announced back in 2016 that it would be bringing the Zenit brand back from the dead to battle Leica in luxury. In 2017, the company revealed it would be launching a full frame mirrorless camera in 2018 with a “leading photographic equipment company.” That company is Leica.
Zenit says it made both hardware and software modifications to the Leica M (Type 240) in creating the Zenit M, so it isn’t simply a cosmetic rebadge (though, the look of the Zenit M is inspired by famous Zenit and Zorky cameras).

The camera comes with a Zenitar 35mm f/1 lens that’s 100% designed and manufactured in Russia.
“The lens creates an image that doesn’t require processing, has unique bokeh and soft focus effect,” the company says.
While other features and specs of the Zenit M have yet to be revealed, most of the important ones are presumably similar or identical to the Leica M (Type 240), which features a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, a 3-inch 920k-dot LCD screen, 1080p video recording, live view focusing, a 0.68x viewfinder, ISO 6400, and 3fps continuous shooting.
No word if it will be available in the US, nor the price.

Pretty interesting, though!
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Old 09-29-2018   #2
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Designed in Russia, made in Germany. A strange beast indeed. I don't shoot Leicas anymore because I prefer SLRs, and I don't shoot Zenits because, well, they're Zenits. For others, here's a tiny review.

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/r...-frame-zenit-m
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Hi,
There is an ongoing RFF thread on this announcement:
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...hreadid=166342
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Thanks, Raid. I couldn't find one.


Barkeeper, feel free to delete this thread.
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I hope the quality control is better than my Zenitar 16mm lens.

The lens is fine; I always use it like something will fall off.

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The innards are LeicaM240; probably Leica selling off 500 of the last-gen innards, I'd guess.
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