View Full Version : zenitar fisheye, yes or no?
i found a zenitar fisheye for nikon for $150. its meant for full frame and my nikon is cropped sensor so will the fisheye effect be totally lost? would you buy an old russian lens for $150? i dont really like fisheyes for 35mm cameras. i think they look better in video but i kinda wanna fuck around with one.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/zenit/zenitar-16mm.htm , i had remembered this review of the lens where it had to be stopped down to f/11 to be any good. But for that price why the hell not? The fisheye effect wont be totally lost, but its just not as wide. Might even work to your advantage considering how crappy corners can get on a full frame image with a fisheye. Your going to have to manual focus the sucker as well which isnt totally bad considering fisheyes dont lock on well to moving subjects anyways so prefocusing is usually a must. Oh, but i do think fisheyes on video cameras look like total shit.
You will still have barrel distortion I believe, however, it won't really be a fisheye per say because you will be sacrificing your field of view significantly.
You just have to figure, if the fisheye is 16mm, and you have a 1.5 or 1.6 crop body that your lens effectively becomes a 24mm. Still a pretty wideangle lens but certainly not a fisheye which is typically between 6mm and 16mm. I personally detest the look of a medium wide angle with barrel distortion, it just doesn't look right...
I don't believe the glass on that Zenitar is too nice and sharp so my advice is buy nice or buy twice. ( thanks NB for that term)
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