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02-17-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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Zenitar 16mm Fisheye M42???

A quick question: is this lens compatible with the Pentax dSLRs? Anybody any experience?

02-17-2009, 12:45 PM   #2
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If it's really M-42, then it should work with the correct adaptor. You will basically have to put your camera on manual.
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Well, it's really M42, and I use other M42 lenses quite often on my K20d. BUT: this particular lens is sitting on a Minolta MD body right now, and works also on Contax/Yashica. At least modern Minolta lenses are impossible to use on a Pentax, because of the shorter register distance.

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The main issue is the lack of the "M/A" switch on the side. As a result, the lens is always wide open with most adapters (including the genuine Pentax version). There was extensive discussion on this issue sometime this this last fall. Some users have reported success with partial disassembly of the lens to transform it to full manual diaphragm.

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M42 lenses ought to all have the same registration distance. Contax/Yashica registration distance is the same as M42 so that's a good sign.

But I don't think the M42 Zenitar has an auto/manual switch. That means finding a way to press the stop-down pin in. It can be glued or wedged, or disabled within the mount. Otherwise you have to shoot at f2.8, not the Zenitar's best aperture.

edit: darn, lost out due to slow typing
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Hey Steve, thanks for the info, very usefull. The discussion you mention: was it on this forum, or somewhere else?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
edit: darn, lost out due to slow typing
Sorry, but this is funny!
I guess it can be fixed like with the Helios, so by a 2mm piece of electric wire plastic around the pin under the back plate?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rense Quote
Sorry, but this is funny!
I guess it can be fixed like with the Helios, so by a 2mm piece of electric wire plastic around the pin under the back plate?

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yes, it is ok

pay attention: there is in many versions!
in m42 but also in K mount and other mounts.

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Gemini, thanks!
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I have a Zenitar converted to Canon mount. Very fun lens on a film body. On a dSLR crop camera, however, most of the heavily distorted fishiness is cropped off leaving you with a lens that's not quite a fisheye and not quite a wide angle. IMHO, its just not that interesting on a crop body.
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I seem to recall, but could be mistaken, that one of our forum members (Danielchong) uses this as his go-to wide angle lens. You could try PMing him to see if this is correct--if so, he may have some help for you.
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Stevebrot use it as a wide angle on a DSLR. He answered kindly my questions when I was biding on a K version. He has been posting pics with it on the forum.

You can also read about it on our lens data base.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jewelltrail Quote
I seem to recall, but could be mistaken, that one of our forum members (Danielchong) uses this as his go-to wide angle lens. You could try PMing him to see if this is correct--if so, he may have some help for you.
It is stevebrot's go-to wide-angle as well. It is better optically than the 18-55 kit and still way cheaper than any of the other available options (DA*16-50, DA 16-45, Tamron 17-50, etc.). It is also a very usable fisheye on 35mm film. It is always in my bag and often enough on the K10D or one of my film cameras. It will remain that way until a more cost-affective option is available from Pentax, Tamron, Tokina, or Sigma.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rense Quote
Hey Steve, thanks for the info, very usefull. The discussion you mention: was it on this forum, or somewhere else?

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It was on this forum, but unfortunately, I can't give you a good indication of date or who was participating. If I remember correctly, shimming the pin with a short plastic tube was the preferred remedy. Cheap, easy, and completely reversible.

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Thanks all for your input! I'm sorry to say that the (quite cheap) M42 version I wanted to bid on was removed from eBay . After contact with the seller it became clear that he did not longer wanted to sell it. Now I have to decide whether or not I want a somewhat more expensive one...

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