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

reviewer#2338 date: May-22-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:peleng 8mm
KM 17-35
price paid:140 usd new
positive:* cheap: around 140 USD.
* reasonable sharp stepped down a bit.
* very wide angle.
* I like the colors (but that is personal).
* the modding/fixing is very easy. Just need a small screwdriver that fits.
* sanding a M42 adaptor is fun if your beer is stored in the garage where you sand.
* did i mention cheap?
negative:* not very sharp until F 5.6 or higer
* metering from my 7D is acting usually rather "erratic" (under exposing 1 to 2 ev) when stepped down - so need to check shots.
* not really a fisheye "effect" on a 1.5 crop
* you might need to "fix" the focus ring yourself on some lensens to be able to reach infinity. ( How to is in the same post as the next "mod".) Do this *before* sanding your M42 adaptor. This may also be needed on Zenitars with a "direct" A-mount.
* with the M42 adaptor you need "mod" the lens a bit as seen here otherwise you cannot change the aperture - it stay's at 2.8 then.
comment:more info and sample pictures (comparing with peleng and KM 17-35) are found here

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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