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Old 29th of September 2004 (Wed)   #1
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Default for those who want/have a zenitar FE lens..some tests i did

well i heard this lens, the zenitar 16mm f/2.8 fisheye, is only good at f/11 or smaller aperture....my lens arrived today and i decided to put this rumour to the test..i've seen some shots at f/2.8 and they were super super super super super glowingly soft....definitely unusable..

shot at f/2.8


shot at f/2.8


shot at f/2.8


the rest were shot at f/11-f/22








so what happened? did i receive some sort of super lens that handles everything for about $140 US? not to mention it came with a nice carrying case, manuals, box, and 3 filters!...
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forgot to add..this is the sharpest lens i have now besides the 50mm
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Can you post 100% crop comparisons?

Those images don't really say anything to me about the lens because they have been resized for the web and are pixelated.
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Could you clarify in your initial post what lens you are talikng about?

I realize it is a Zenitar.. but they are a manufacturer like Canon or Nikon, not a single lens... the images look like a fish eye.. anyway, I;m sure it would be helpfull
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Could you clarify in your initial post what lens you are talikng about?

I realize it is a Zenitar.. but they are a manufacturer like Canon or Nikon, not a single lens... the images look like a fish eye.. anyway, I;m sure it would be helpfull
I guess it's the 16mm Zenitar Fisheye f/2.8 as quoted in the signature
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Could you clarify in your initial post what lens you are talikng about?

I realize it is a Zenitar.. but they are a manufacturer like Canon or Nikon, not a single lens... the images look like a fish eye.. anyway, I;m sure it would be helpfull
I guess it's the 16mm Zenitar Fisheye f/2.8 as quoted in the signature
I was hoping to get the name of the lens in the thread title.. so people interested in it could find it via a search.
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Doesn't look that bad to me.
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Not bad at all. There is always need for lenses with distinctive image

See also
http://www.photoslave.com/misc/zenitar/zenitar.html
http://www.licha.de/astro_review_fis...zenitar_16.php
http://www.canonians.com/1DMkII-zenitar.htm
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wow, looks like it was well worth the money.
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the lens is sharp enough. BUT since it is a MF lens, if you don't focus right you'll get blurry images.

I've got this lens and have shot both film and 10D with it - it is a bargain for the money.

ALso, make sure you clean the glass - when i received mine the little clear glass filter on the rear end was dusty - once cleaned this lens is superb.
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well i heard this lens, the zenitar 16mm f/2.8 fisheye, is only good at f/11 or smaller aperture...

...so what happened? did i receive some sort of super lens that handles everything for about $140 US? not to mention it came with a nice carrying case, manuals, box, and 3 filters!...
These lenses are made in the old KMZ factory in Russia, where quality control is a little flaky. So, there is bound to be some sample variation with these guys. That's why I bought mine from Kiev Camera, where I had full return priveleges. Mine arrived with the EOS mount built in (rather than with an M42/EF adaptor as many of them do). The mount was loose, and the images soft until I tightened the screws. Again, that's par for the course with the ex-Soviet stuff.

But the images are lovely. Here's one I keep parked on my web site as a demonstration:

http://www.rickdenney.com/scratch/st...reme_lores.jpg

And here's a well-compressed full-resolution version (675K):

http://www.rickdenney.com/scratch/st...reme_hires.jpg

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Where's the pictures ??
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http://www.aznkid.com/zenitar8.jpg and http://www.aznkid.com/zenitar9.jpg must have been moved, they do not exist at this location anymore...
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Why I cannot open Zenitar pictures ??
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