2023 Author: Bryan Walter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 22:24
The state corporation "Rostec" intends to revive the brand of cameras "Zenith". About this, as reported by Rambler News Service, said the director of communications of the state corporation Vasily Brovko. According to him, the new brand is planned "to be made luxurious, by analogy with Leica." Brovko did not disclose details about the revival of the brand.
Zenit cameras, exported under the Zenit trademark, were produced from 1952 to 2005 by the Zverev Krasnogorsk Plant. The first serial camera of the plant was "Zenith", the production of which was completed in 1956. This SLR had a focal plane shutter with shutter speeds from 1/25 second to 1/500 second, as well as a manual mode. In total, about 40 thousand Zenits were produced.
The production of cameras under the Zenit brand was completed on the SKINA series. These were compact film cameras with built-in lenses and an electric drive, which performed shutter cocking, frame transfer and film rewinding. Most of the cameras in the series had a single shutter speed automatic machine.
Despite the closure of Zenit production, the Krasnogorsk plant continued to produce several types of lenses with a threaded connection, intended for installation on cameras, cinematographic cameras, as well as various surveillance and aerial photography equipment. In particular, the plant is engaged in the production of the Mir and Helios series of lenses.
In addition, the company continued the production of panoramic cameras "Horizon", the production of which began in 1967. These devices have a fixed lens in a rotating drum. In 2010, the Krasnogorsk plant presented a digital panoramic three-lens camera Horizon-D-L3.
In 2013, it was reported about the intention of the Krasnogorsk Plant named after Zverev to recreate the Petzval lens, developed in the middle of the 19th century by the Hungarian-Austrian inventor Josef Petzval. The focal length of the lens will be 85 millimeters with a relative aperture of 1: 2, 2. The lens sales began in the spring of 2014.
The Petzval lens has four coated lenses in three groups. Thanks to this design, it has good light output and little or no spherical aberration and distortion. At the same time, the peculiarity of the Petzval lens is that it provides a high-definition picture only in the center of the field; sharpness decreases significantly towards the edges of the frame.