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

reviewer#2242 date: May-1-2007
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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:Sigma 10-20mm
price paid:80 EUR (new)
positive:- Fisheye.
- Cheap.
negative:- Not so wide on APS-C.
- Not so fishy on APS-C.
- Difficult to focus.
comment:I'm not sure how useful a full-frame fisheye lens is on an APS-C camera, but the price is right with this one at least. Quite soft wide open, but does what it's supposed to when stopped down. Prone to flare, however, and there's no possibility to attach any additional lens hood (no front thread + would vignette).

For just wide-angle (without fishy effects), the Sigma 10-20mm is obviously better on an APS-C camera, but in a different price range altogether. I recommend this primarily for the fisheye effect, but not for de-fishing in software.

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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