The Russian Zenitar and Helios lenses are coming to Germany


The Russian Zenitar and Helios lenses are coming to Germany – a company representative confirmed that a new batch of lenses is being shipped to a distributor in Germany:

“A German distributor has purchased another shipment of photographic lenses from the Zenitar and Helios product lines, produced by the the Krasnogorsky Zavod (KMZ) of the Shvabe Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation). The equipment is supplied with different mounts for use in Sony, Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras. The batch included two new products that were released last year: the compact Zenitar-12, suitable for photographing landscapes and large groups of people even in confined spaces, and the Zenitar 2.8/60 Macro with an electronically controlled diaphragm.”

In the US Zenit lenses are sold at the official Zenit US website and at B&H.

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Here is the full press release:

Shvabe Sends Fresh Shipment of Camera Lenses to Germany

April 3, 2021
News release

A German distributor has purchased another shipment of photographic lenses from the Zenitar and Helios product lines, produced by the the Krasnogorsky Zavod (KMZ) of the Shvabe Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation). The equipment is supplied with different mounts for use in Sony, Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras.

The batch included two new products that were released last year: the compact Zenitar-12, suitable for photographing landscapes and large groups of people even in confined spaces, and the Zenitar 2.8/60 Macro with an electronically controlled diaphragm.

The German market also received an updated portrait lens Helios 40-2, short-focus ultra-wide-angle Zenitar 2.8/16 and medium focal length lens Zenitar 1.4/85. The latter comes with a multi-layer antireflective coating, which reduces scattering when taking pictures against direct light.

“We have been cooperating with this partner for two years. Our products are in demand among both professional and amateur photographers in Germany. Last year alone, we supplied 75 pieces of photographic equipment, including Zenit-M cameras. Overall, over a hundred products have been shipped to the customer”, said the General Director of KMZ Alexander Novikov.

In 2021, the company plans to launch seven new products for owners of Sony, Nikon, Canon and Leica cameras. Among them is a lens that allows you to take images with natural color rendition and high frame detail in low light conditions.

Rosteс State Corporation is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and industrial organizations in 60 regions of the country. Its key areas of activity are aircraft engineering, radioelectronics, medical technologies, innovative materials, etc. The corporation’s portfolio includes such well-known brands as AvtoVAZ, KAMAZ, UAC, Russian Helicopters, UEC, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe, Kalashnikov, etc. Rostec is active in the implementation of all 12 national projects. The company is a key provider of Smart City technology, it is engaged in the digitalization of public administration, industry and social sectors, and it is developing plans for the development of 5G wireless technologies, an Industrial Internet of Things, big data and blockchain systems. Rostec partners with leading world manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli and Renault. The corporation’s products are delivered to more than 100 countries worldwide. Almost a third of the company’s revenue comes from the export of high-tech products.


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