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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....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..

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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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CyberDyneSystems wrote:
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 :twisted:

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Ikinaa wrote:
CyberDyneSystems wrote:
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 :twisted:

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
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http://www.licha.de ...w_fish_eye_zenitar_​16.phpexternal link
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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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aznkid.com wrote:
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:

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

http://www.rickdenney.​com ...n_ridge_extreme_hir​es.jpgexternal link

Rick "who thinks good focusing is important even with a lens this wide" Denney

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Where's the pictures ??

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http://www.aznkid.com/​zenitar8.jpgexternal link and http://www.aznkid.com/​zenitar9.jpgexternal link must have been moved, they do not exist at this location anymore... :confused:

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Why I cannot open Zenitar pictures ??
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