I was just doing some searching on ebay and came upon this lens. I'm interested because it is cheap but don't want something so cheap that I won't want to use it. They are going for a little over a 150 bucks.
I'm looking for a lens that will give me the distortion of a wide angle fish eye for use with mountain biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and bmx.
A 2.8 equivalent from Nikon would be way out of my price range.
Anyone have any experience with these russian made lenses? Are they a gimmick?
keh.com has a similar or identical lens for $150 or so. I think it's a full-frame rectilinear lens, poorly corrected in the linear department. I imagine that it is not as pronounced as a full-frame fish-eye, but considerably more than, say the Nikon 20mm. Again, this is mostly speculation.
A 2.8 fisheye for a cheap price can't offer much quality. Do you really need 2.8? I think you can find a fisheye from a better brand in the f4 range for a reasonable price. You rarely take a picture with a wide angle or fisheye in the 2.8 setting.
There is a review of the Zenitar 2.8 in the August 2001 edition of Shutterbug. The reviewer seemed mildly impressed.
Before shelling out megabucks for a brand-name fisheye, just consider how often you would actually use it. After the first couple of shots, they all look much the same to me - I think the novelty would wear off quickly.
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I think your link might have sold me on this lens. I am in the same boat as Jim. Right now the widest lens I have access to is the Nikon 17-35mm 2.8 and a 20mm 2.8 and seeing the comparison shot between the 20mm Nikon and the the Zenitar 16mm I think the Zenitar will do what I want.
For the amount that I'd be using it I think it will do the job.