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for those who want/have a zenitar FE lens..some tests i did

 
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Sep 29, 2004 00:27 |  #1

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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Sep 29, 2004 00:30 |  #2

forgot to add..this is the sharpest lens i have now besides the 50mm :|


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Sep 29, 2004 02:17 |  #3

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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Sep 29, 2004 08:10 |  #4

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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Sep 29, 2004 08:14 |  #5

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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Sep 29, 2004 14:28 |  #6

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Sep 29, 2004 14:39 |  #7

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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Sep 29, 2004 14:43 |  #8

Doesn't look that bad to me. ?!


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Sep 29, 2004 16:25 |  #9

Not bad at all. There is always need for lenses with distinctive image :)

See also
http://www.photoslave.​com/misc/zenitar/zenit​ar.html (external link)
http://www.licha.de …w_fish_eye_zeni​tar_16.php (external link)
http://www.canonians.c​om/1DMkII-zenitar.htm (external link)


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Sep 29, 2004 17:38 |  #10

wow, looks like it was well worth the money.




  
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Sep 29, 2004 22:04 |  #11

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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Mar 26, 2005 12:57 |  #12

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:

http://www.rickdenney.​com …n_ridge_extreme​_lores.jpg (external link)

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

http://www.rickdenney.​com …n_ridge_extreme​_hires.jpg (external link)

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


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Mar 26, 2005 13:00 |  #13

Where's the pictures ??




  
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Mar 26, 2005 14:05 |  #14

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


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Mar 27, 2005 09:00 |  #15

Why I cannot open Zenitar pictures ??
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