Last Updated on 04/03/2018 by Mark Beckenbach
Another set of intriguing images could confirm earlier reports that the Zenit D1 is just rebranded Leica SL
Since the reports and rumors about Zenit’s plans to rival Leica in the luxury camera market, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for any updates on the supposed Zenit D1 full-frame mirrorless camera. Word went around that it’s not going to be anything new, but most likely just a rebranded and possibly retooled Leica SL, or maybe even a repackaged Leica M9. An anonymous tip to Photar.ru could be the proof that the case is the former — if the images aren’t fake, as ones shared in earlier rumors turned out to be.
In the post by Photar.ru, the anonymous source claims to have gotten his hands on an official booklet of the upcoming Zenit D1. However, they weren’t able to verify why the source took photos only of the cover. Still, the booklet images confirm that the design is based on the Leica SL, with Zenit’s blue logo instead of Leica’s famous red logo. A closer look also shows a new Helios 40-3 85mm f1.5 lens, apparently made specifically for the Zenit D1 and will most likely be included in the kit.
Earlier product images shared on Photo Rumors turned out to be fake, one of which was actually an original product photo of the Leica SL. So this development will definitely be under close scrutiny. According to Photar.ru, we will find out soon enough, as it’s highly likely that the Zenit D1 will be unveiled in Moscow in two weeks. In any case, looks like Zenit’s first foray back into making cameras won’t be anything new or exciting after all. Well, except maybe for photographers looking for a cheaper (and possibly more feature-packed) version of the Leica SL, as we’ve previously thought.