Zenit has now confirmed its latest super-wide aperture lens: the 50mm f/0.95. The lens is being released in Russia with a price tag of 50,000 rubles, which translates into roughly around $780.
The lens is strictly manual focus and cannot communicate with the mount body in the slightest. In addition to that, it’s only available for the Sony E cameras and has an all-metal barrel which add up 1.1kg to the overall weight of the camera. Now you know why the price is so affordable.
Behind the nine elements that are build across eight groups we can find an aperture ring that goes from f/0.95 to f/16 and a 14-blade diaphragm.
“Zenitar 0.95 / 50 is a lens for thoughtful photography that will suit both professionals and amateurs. Thanks to new, improved optical calculations, the image is sharper. It is worth noting your own unusual drawing, which is especially appreciated in artistic photography.” KMZ General Director Vadim Kalyugin said, in the official press release “The quality of the product is not inferior to foreign counterparts, and an attractive price will allow you to successfully compete with them in both domestic and foreign markets. Of course, the new development brings the Zenitar line to a fundamentally new level. ”
Though its price is confirmed in Russia, the lens has not been announced anywhere else in the world for the time being.