Russian camera manufacturer Zenit is finally back with the announcement of their manual focus Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 Fullframe E-mount lens. It features a 14-blade diaphragm and 9 lens elements in 8 groups with a weight of 1.1 kilograms (2.42 pounds). Price announced is 50,000 Roubles (roughly $767 USD.)
Russian website prophotos.ru says the lens developed at Zenit’s factory in Krasnogorsk, Russia and that Zenit recently entered into a collaboration with Leica.
Zenitar 0.95 / 50 developed and released at the Krasnogorsk plant them. S.A. Zvereva (KMZ) of Shvabe Holding. This is the first lens of the line, equipped with an E attachment for mirrorless cameras, as well as a unique bokeh pattern. Ultra-high aperture speed of F / 0.95 provides low-light shooting. Distinctive design detail has become a perfectly round diaphragm, provided with fourteen petals.
Creating the concept and design of the lens, the KMZ experts took into account the tasks posed by portrait photographers. It was important to create a device that allows you to shoot high-quality images in different conditions. Photographers have already appreciated the novelty, noting the quality of bokeh, brightness and clarity of the images taken.
“Zenitar 0.95 / 50 is a lens for thoughtful photography that will suit both professionals and amateurs. Thanks to new, improved optical calculations, the image is sharper. It is worth noting your own unusual drawing, which is especially appreciated in artistic photography. The quality of the product is not inferior to foreign counterparts, and an attractive price will allow you to successfully compete with them in both domestic and foreign markets. Of course, the new development brings the Zenitar line to a fundamentally new level,” said KMZ General Director Vadim Kalyugin.