Report Claims Zenit’s Upcoming D1 Full Frame Mirrorless To Be Repackaged Leica M9

We have previously reported on Russian camera maker Zenit and their return to the market, as well as their rumored mirrorless camera projects. The company made waves when it was revealed that they were working on a full frame mirrorless system, raising eyebrows because to this point Sony remains the only player in that game besides Leica. Well, now we are getting new reports that this upcoming Zenit D1 mirrorless camera could be nothing more than the repackaged and repurposed guts of a Leica M9. A move that would be very interesting considering the history of other attempted rebrands.

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Review: Leica 40mm f2 Rokkor (Leica M Mount)

Most affectionately known as the lens that comes with the Leica CL, the Leica 40mm f2 Rokkor is also a bit of a hidden gem. To this day, it’s one of the sharpest Leica lenses ever made and perhaps a lens that has held its value so well vs many other options on the market. Due to it being Leica M mount, it’s easily adaptable to many mirrorless cameras. If photographers who own Fujifilm, Sony, or Micro Four Thirds cameras are looking for a solid manual focus lens that is also compact it’s very hard to invalidate what the Leica 40mm f2 is capable of.

That, and it’s crazy affordable price point.

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This New 17mm F4.5 Lens Makes Your Pancake Lens Look Huge

Leica owners have a new 17mm F/4.5 handmade lens from MS Optics to spend their hard earned money on, and this lens makes pancake lenses look huge. The Perar Ultra-Wide 17mm f4.5 Retrofocus features a viewing angle of 100 degrees and weighs almost nothing at 60g.

MS Optics notes in their press release that the lens itself features four elements in four groups, with a wide open aperture of F/4.5 and minimum aperture of F/16. The Perar Ultra-Wide 17mm f4.5 Retrofocus can also focus on subjects as close as 0.4m meters to infinity.

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Zeiss Announces New 35mm f1.4 Lens for M Mount Cameras

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There were rumors of a new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Otus lens floating around the web, and if you’re a forum lurker hoping to bite your lip and close your eyes to the chart readings then you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. The reason for that is because the new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM lens was designed for Leica M mount cameras. It has been unveiled today at Photokina 2014.

As it is though, 35mm f1.4 lenses are very highly sought after in the M mount world with Leica releasing a redesign of theirs a couple of years ago. The new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZM lens features a T* anti-reflective lens coasting, 10 blade aperture, 1/3 stop adjustment, and ergonomic finger rest,

We’re very curious about how this will perform on cameras like the Sony A7r or the Fujifilm XT1. But at $2,290 this is a bit more than we can swallow. Tech specs are after the jump.

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Review: MS Optical Perar 24mm f4 Super Wide (Sony Full Frame E Mount)

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It’s nimble and small. In fact, it’s the smallest lens I have ever owned. On paper, it is a handmade beauty from Japan. The MS Optical Perar 24mm f/4 Super Wide is produced in the basement workshop of Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki. When I first read about it, I was infatuated because I always wanted a pancake lens. There was one small issue. It was an M mount and I use a Sony A7. There was a quick easy fix though, a Metabones Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Adapter. So I spent my money on it while having no clue what to expect with this lens. It could have been crap or wonderful on the A7. It was a risk I was willing to take and here is what I think.

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This is What a Leica M3 Looks Like When Stripped Down

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The Leica M3 is one of the more popular Leica M cameras around even today. Indeed, they still work and many photographers reach for them because of the lack of electronics, beautiful ergonomics, excellent build quality, and relative simplicity to them. Leicas were used by photojournalists for years, and indeed they’re very revered cameras. But images of a stripped down Leica M3 have been circulating around the web for a little while showing us the internal workings.

If you’ve ever built a working camera before (and I tried to with the Lomography Konstruktor) you’ll know that the wind level and the shutter cocking mechanism are designed to work with one another. Additionally, the shutter dial is actually an extremely complicated piece of machinery that interacts directly with the shutter mechanism. In order for it to work properly, the dial needs to be screwed in very tightly and securely.

The Leica M3 took on the bayonet M mount that we know and use today vs the older Leica screw mount. This made changing lenses easier and sometimes simpler. With an adapter, the screw mount lenses can mount to this camera.

Check out more images after the jump.

Via Shooting FilmLeica Shop Vienna’s eBayNeotype

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Leica Announces a New 28mm f1.4 M Mount Lens


Not too long ago, Leica introduced the Leica T camera system. But today, they’re letting their M users have something special. They’re announcing a 28mm f1.4 lens. Not much information has been announced on it yet, but with this lens Leica now has full Summilux options for most street photographers in the form of  21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm offering. What more could one ask for?

We don’t have a lot of information about any of the products just yet but we received the tip from the L-Camera Forum.

Months ago, Leica Rumors reported that the lens profile was included in the new Leica M. It now seems real. The new lenses aren’t even listed on Leica US’s website yet.

Beyond this, we’ve been able to find out that there is an M Monochrom available with a silver finish, along with a brand new set. Being called the Leica M 100th edition, it will include a LEica M, Leica M Monochrom, and 28mm, 35mm and 50mm lens. You also get Kodak Tri-X in the package. Lastly, they also seem to have a brand new macro adapter meant to be used with the 90mm f4.

From a rough translation of the German press release, it stats,

“The Leica Macro-Adapter -M is mounted between the camera and the Leica Macro – Elmar -M 1:4 / 90 mm. Equipped with an integrated focusing mount it enables a summary extension of the lens 18-30 mm. This allows the magnification set variable. Together with the adapter , the Leica Macro – Elmar -M 1:4 / 90 mm also be used in recessed position for shooting distance to infinity. Thanks to new locking function can thus all distances of 41 cm (Figure 1:2 scale ) can be set to infinity without the adapter must be removed.”

We’ll update when we get more info.

Lomography Announces New RUSSAR+ Art Lens for L39 and M Mount Cameras


It’s been a while the Lomography company announced something new; and after hearing about the Petzval lens it only makes sense that they’re going to continue to go that route. Today, the company announced something super cool and totally out of the blue. It’s their new RUSSAR+ Art lens for L39 and M mount cameras. For those of you not in the know, L39 is the original screwmount.

The new RUSSAR+ is a 20mm focal length that is an ode to the old Russar MR-2 lens. It starts at f5.6 and goes down to f22. It also has a real focusing ring. The problem with the lens though for rangefinder users is that it isn’t rangefinder coupled; so you’ll need to use the depth of field scale (which is a bit lacking) to make the best decisions according to the company’s tech page. Additionally, the lens can be mounted on a mirrorless camera where you can see the focusing with no issues.

They’re also stating that a red shift will occur around the edges of the frame when shooting digital. They further state that is can be corrected in post or in camera with Sony or Leica.

You can order yours for $649. More photos and a video is after the jump.

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