Future KMZ-Zenit lenses: Zenitar 50mm f/0.95, 50mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.2 and more

Russian camera and lens manufacturer Zenit logo
Back in February I reported that the Russian camera and lens manufacturer Zenit is coming back to life. The Russian photographer Denis Gavrilov posted some more information on the upcoming KMZ/Zenit lenses on his website and more specifically in this article (English translation):

Zenitar 85mm f:1.2 lens
→ Zenitar 85mm f/1.2 for 24x36 SLR cameras, planned for 2016 or 2017 (Zenitar-N means the lens has a Nikon mount)

Zenitar 50mm f:1.2 lens
→ Zenitar 50mm f/1.2 for 24x36 SLR cameras, scheduled for 2016, which would replace the current one, which is limited to APS-C cameras

Zenitar 50mm f:0.95
→ Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 for 24x36 mirrorless cameras (only E mount for the time being but other mount could be envisaged at a later stage)

Lomography-Zenit-lenses
→ Lomography-Zenit New LZK 1948+ 5cm f/2 L39/M (a modernised Jupiter-8)
→ Lomography-Zenit New Jupiter 9+ 85mm f/2 L39/M (those two following the New Russar+ 20mm f/5.6 and New Jupiter 3+ 50mm f/1.5)
→ Belairgon 90mm f/8 and 114mm f/8 for medium format cameras.

Update - more info available here:

Thanks Mistral75!

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  • mákos tészta

    cool

  • Zos Xavius

    I love my Russian lenses. Great to see zenit still active!

  • blp

    i thought the maximum nikon can do is 60mm f1.2….

    • Mistral75

      There already exists a Zhong Yi Optics Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 in Nikon mount.

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      Nope, when the AF-S 85/1.4G was released, Nikon said they also tested and developed an 85/1.2G but were not satisfied with it’s optical performance, so they chose the 1.4 instead.

  • padam

    I hope it is a carbon copy of the Noctilux 0.95
    I can live with that, even if its going to be a fair bit heavier just like that Helios 🙂

  • This lens has a rugged cold war era look to it’s construction, will be interesting to see how well it performs.

  • TO-DOUG

    The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      In Soviet Russia, you do not mount lens, lens mounts you.

  • Spy Black

    So are these Russian made or made in China?

    • Mistral75

      KMZ (КМЗ – Красногорский механический завод = Krasnogorskiy Mechanicheskiy Zavod = Krasnogorsk Mechanical Works), today ‘Krasnogorskiy zavod im. S. A. Zvereva’ is a Russian factory in Krasnogorsk near Moscow which specializes in optical engineering and optoelectronics (cameras, lenses, night vision devices, rangefinders, military optics).

      KMZ belongs to Rostec, a Russian state corporation which designs, manufactures, sells on the Russian market and exports high-tech industrial products for civil and defence sectors. Rostec employs 900,000 people.

      They are far from being some 20-people company rebranding Chinese lenses à la Meyer-Optik Görlitz.

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        Thought I saw the meyer lenses using Scott glass they are uk based

        • Mistral75

          It’s Schott, not Scott. Hoya and Schott are world leaders in the production of optical glass.

          Schott AG are a German company, the sister company of Zeiss. Both belong to the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

        • Dmitry Anisimov

          Meyers buys from several OEMs.

    • Slaven

      Since chinese workers have higher salary than russian, I beleve it will not be made in China, lol!

  • Slaven

    More info: http://photowebexpo.ru/articles/zenit-announce-1250-1285-09550e
    If you’re interested in, I can translate article and video.

  • Slaven

    Short sample video from Zenitar 50/1,2 s (current APS-c design) @ 1,2:
    https://youtu.be/HxJLLiLcU7U

  • Mistral75

    Another interesting article:

    http://photowebexpo.ru/articles/zenit-announce-1250-1285-09550e

    Journalist Sergei Samsonov went to the Photoforum 2016 show (Moscow, 14-17 April) and interviewed Stanislav Gavriushin, senior specialist at KMZ sales and marketing department.

    The video of the interview: https://youtu.be/kBcRZEf0W8M

    Against all odds, KMZ, better known under its brand name Zenit and subsidiary of the Rostec group via the intermediate holding company ‘Schwabe’ [Swabia or Swabian in German], disclosed three brand new 24×36 lenses at the show, the Zenitar 50mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/0.95 En the first two ones in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts and the last one in Sony E mount..

    In spite of their excellent optical characteristics, these lenses should cost less than USD 500 in Russian outlets.

    Zenitar 50mm f/1.2

    – one of the biggest and heaviest 50mm for the consumer market
    – aimed at uncompromising picture quality and harmonious background blur
    – 10 elements in 7 groups
    – aperture ring
    – aperture coupling and chip in Nikon mount (Ai-P)
    – weight: 1.2 kg
    – Canon EF and Nikon F mounts to begin with
    – 2016 release.

    Zenitar 85mm f/1.2

    – high sharpness and good optical quality
    – nice background blur
    – 9 elements in 7 groups
    – filter diameter: 82mm
    – aperture ring
    – aperture coupling and chip in Nikon mount (Ai-P)
    – Canon EF and Nikon F mounts to begin with
    – will be released after the 50mm f/1.2.

    Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 E

    – first E-mount product for KMZ
    – 9 elements in 8 groups
    – minimum focusing distance: 70cm
    – filter diameter: 72mm
    – aperture ring
    – double ring of L-shaped aperture blades for a specific background blur
    – weight: 900g
    – Sony E mount to begin with
    – release date: end of 2016.

  • Viktor_Suhov

    ” Zenitar 50mm f/1.2 for 24×36 SLR cameras, scheduled for 2016, which would replace the current one, which is limited to APS-C cameras”
    this statement is actually wrong, because it wount replace it, its just an addition to FF lens family
    P.S. Here are some samples from new lenses (all at f1.2):
    First three from zenit 85 1.2 (FF) and last two from zenit 50 1.2 (FF)
    P.P.S Sorry for my bad english, im from Russia;)

    • Thanks!

    • David

      Are those lenses compatible for FF camera? Any plans for Pentax mount?

  • That 50/1.2 weighs more than a kilogram! I’m very interested in its build and optical quality.

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