Zenit Zenitar 16mm F2.8 MC Fisheye A-mount lens review by jvc2000

reviewer#2141 date: Apr-12-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:Tokina 19-35mm F3.5-4.5
price paid:110 USD (old)
positive:Cheap. sharp. Ultra wide with acceptable distortion for APSC DSLR. Easy to focus if you can take advantage of the very deep DOF.
negative:Underexposure for 1EV.
Cannot put filter on front element.
Russian lens, so no guarantee for the quality.
comment:I bought this nice lens for USD110 only from a local photography forum friend. It had been modified to A mount already and it worked perfectly with my D5D except it would underexposure for 1EV. I usually took advantage of the deep DOF of this fish eye and set the aperture to F8 with +1 EV in A mode, then you could almost treat this as a point and shot. My results were very nice.

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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