Zenit Zenitar 16mm F2.8 MC Fisheye A-mount lens review by Turerkan

reviewer#2130 date: Apr-9-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:kit lens
price paid:135 USD (new)
positive:- sharp below F5.6, good working aperture for a super wide
- built like a tank
- really wide!
- not so bendy on APS-C
- manual focus is not an issue because of deep DOF, you can set it to infinity and forget
- very good with flare when stopped down
negative:- noticably soft at F2.8
- gives random underexposure around 1 or 1.5 stops
- mount has slight play
- mine came without rear cap
- lens stops down as you rotate the aperture ring, giving a dark viewfinder, this turned out to be a non issue though
- special lens cap can't be replaced with generic ones
comment:Very small, discrete, built great and sharp at F5.6. All in a $135 package! this is a great bargain in my opinion.

i rated distortion 5 becuase its distortion charactheristics are just as expected. barrel distortion is no fault for a fisheye.

sharpness is 3,5 for the hazy wideopen performance. Stopped down however, it resolves plenty of details, and such a wideangle is most likely to be stopped down, so practically this lens is sharp indeed.

build rating got 4 for the slight play in the lens mount, otherwise the build quality is level 5 or even beyond that. It feels like a tank!

Note: when you mount this lens, don't forget to dial in +1 stop compensation at least.

Verdict: Highly recomended!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 4.12
  • color: 4.29
  • build: 4.14
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 3.76
  • overall: 4.12
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