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09-24-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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Zenitar 16 or MIR-47K

I'm interested in buying a new lens, something manual, wide and fast. I've narrowed it down to two lenses, the Zenitar 16mm 2.8 & the MIR-47K (20mm 2.5). Both are K mount & $200 and I will use them on my K10D as well as ME Super. Any thoughts on either lens would be greatly appreciated.

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09-25-2009, 07:47 AM   #2
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I'd Wait...

Personally I'd wait for the Samyang 14mm 2.8 that is rumored to be coming in November to see how that is for quality before making a decision.

I had the Zenitar, but sold it as I hated the lack of aperture control.
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Thanks for the tip, I'll keep a look out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by omega leader Quote
...I had the Zenitar, but sold it as I hated the lack of aperture control.
Huh? The K-mount Zen has an aperture ring and stops down automatically when the picture is taken.

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I`m sure you are aware of this, but just wanted to make a stress.

Zenitar is a fish-eye design, while MIR47K is not. I think your choice lies here.

I recently had to handle MIR47K a bit, and i got samples while comparing it to 18-55MK1 and Sigma 17-35 2.8-4. I`ll make a small review out of it and post it on my blog and here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ilya80 Quote
I`m sure you are aware of this, but just wanted to make a stress.

Zenitar is a fish-eye design, while MIR47K is not. I think your choice lies here.

I recently had to handle MIR47K a bit, and i got samples while comparing it to 18-55MK1 and Sigma 17-35 2.8-4. I`ll make a small review out of it and post it on my blog and here.
I am aware that it's a fisheye but on digital I hear it's not too "fishy". The MIR-47 seems like a cool lens, I'm not sharpness nut so if it's a little soft I can live with it, mainly it will be for street shooting and concerts. I look forward to your review.
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QuoteOriginally posted by figmental1978 Quote
I am aware that it's a fisheye but on digital I hear it's not too "fishy".
It is very very fishy on the OP's ME Super.
For K10D it is a lot less at around 84 degrees of FoV. Of course the FoV could be defished with just a click to normal Fov (with K10D)
Pbase site is down. Otherwise I can post some images

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Don't know about the Mir, but I've got the Zenitar, and I very much like it. It's a little soft wide open, but once stopped down, it is really sharp. Fishyness is not too noticable on a dSLR with a 2/3 sensor, at least when you don't have straight along the borders of your compo.

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Exposure Issues

Sorry to hijack the thread. But I found that the Green Button never worked, I think it had to do with my split screen, but I found I had to end up taking three or four images before I could get the exposure accurate.

It was a frustration I didn't enjoy. (After that I swore off lenses without a minimum A setting.)

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Huh? The K-mount Zen has an aperture ring and stops down automatically when the picture is taken.

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As promised, here is short review with some sample shots:

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Thanks Ilya, I have a better idea on what the MIR-47 can produce.
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