Russian lens maker Zenit has announced three new manual-focus lenses expected for release by the end of 2020.
The three lenses were announced in Russian press on the weekend, and comprise the Zenitar-N 60/2.8 macro lens and Selena 58/1.9 semi-portrait lens, both apparently available in Canon EF (EOS) and Nikon F-mount.
A third lens, the Zenitar 35mm F2, has so far only been confirmed for Sony E-mount, and will be released in October, according to DIYPhotography.
The electronically-operated apertures in the lenses rule them out for operation on fully manual cameras such as the Nikon FM2, but could possibly be used on Nikon’s later F-mount SLRs such as the F100 and the F6.
The lenses will be produced in the KMZ factory in Moscow.
Russian photography website Photar.ru said on Saturday (8 August) the Selena 58/1.9 lens will be shown at the Photoforum event in Moscow in October after its release in September. It also had extra information on the lens, which is described as a “bokeh monster”.
“Bokeh is especially appreciated in art photography – this effect opens up ample opportunities for experimentation. It provides the recognisable background blur that is characteristic of creative KMZ lenses and makes them popular among modern photographers. The new model of the device is suitable for various types of photography – genres are limited only by the author’s imagination,” Photar.ro quoted Ivan Ozhgikhin, the deputy general director of Shvabe, the parent company of KMZ.
More information on which lenses are available in which lens mounts will no doubt become apparent as the lenses are released throughout the coming months. No price details have yet been released.
KMZ (Krasnogorsk Mechanisky Zavod) entered into partnership with Lomography in the last decade to re-releases some of their classic designs such as the Jupiter-3 50/1.5 standard lens, one of the most well-regarded Soviet rangefinder lenses.
They also re-released the Helios-50 85/1.5 portrait lens, another bokeh monster which was re-engineered to fit Canon EF and Nikon F-mount cameras, aswell as M42.
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