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Manual for ZENITAR 16mm F/2.8 Fisheye Lens Bookmark and Share
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Dear Customer

You can buy a super wide-angle fisheye lens – MC Zenitar- M2,8/16 lens from us. Zenitar 16mm lens shoots special fotos with field of view(FOV) 180°. This fisheye lens allows to do best quality pictures and rendition of the subjects small details. Compact  weight and size make Zenitar lens convenient to take professional and amateur fotos. You will enjoy Zenitar fisheye lens when taking different photos with different cameras: Canon, Nikon, M42, Olympus, Pentax.

AttentionPlease remember that Zenitar photo lens is a complex optical instrument, so you should be careful. Please read this manual before using lens. Do not use the Zenitar 16/2.8 w/o light filters or light filter compensator.


ZENITAR 16mm lens is a super wide-angle, full-frame, short-focus, compact lens for reflex photo cameras with M42X 1 lens fitting and 24X 36 mm size of frame, as a changeable lens.
It is indispensable for photos with a big field of view as buildings, landscape and group scenes.
you can use Zenitar fisheye lens for taking pictures on black-and-white, color or infrared films.
Use it at a temperature between —15 to +45°C.

Before starting

Before mounting the ZENITAR-M 2.8/16 lens on camera (Nikon, Canon, M42 or Pentox) please remove the fisheye lens rear cap. The light filter compensator 4 (a clear glass plate in holder, screwed into the lens) should be mounted on the lens.
Get the ring with distance scale on “?”. Be careful when screw Zenitar fisheye lens into the camera as you can do it. After that set central index mark 6 of fixed ring 3 will come along the camera vertical axle.
When you want to take photo with a light filter, unscrew the light filter compensator 4 and change it for a light filter you have chosen screwing it into the lens as far you can. After shooting change the light filter to the compensator screwing it into the Zenitar lens as far as it is possible.

Operating Procedure

Before shooting  take away front cap from the lens.
Get chosen aperture on scale 2 against central index 6 on fixed ring 3. Rotating ring 1 focus the fisheye lens at the installation what you want to be photographed such way that the picture will be sharp in the view-finder. You should focus at fully open diaphragm. When you push the camera shooting button the fisheye lens automatic diaphragm will close down to a chosen aperture and the shutter will fire. When shutter close over, the diaphragm will return to initial position.
When objects what you going to photograph are in different lengthes from your camera, use depht-of-field scale 3. Index marks on the depht-of-field scale, corresponding to the set aperture value, will be specified sharp picture limits on the interval scale 1.
For example, if Zenitar 16mm lens focused at 0.4 m and an aperture of 11 the image will be sharp in the range from 0.3 to 0.6 m.
If you use infra-red film you should correct the visually obtained sharpness. You should focusing over, the value of scale 1, set against central index 6, set against index R. Because of big field of view of the Zenitar 2.8/16, you should not use a fisheye lens hood because you can have result in cutting the film. The best property of this lens is considerable barrel-shaped distortion which results in distorting the shape of the picture what you want to photograph in case the latter is not in the centre of the frame. The extensive straight lines passing through the frame centre are transmitted without distortion and the lines remote from the frame centre gain arched shape. If you need to reduce the deformation, you should organize these lines as nearby to the frame centre as possible and if you want to get a big deformation lines should be far from the frame centre. When you want to take photos of landscapes the distortion effect is scarcely marked. The lens is staffed with light filters. Yellow-green filter YG-2X is used as improver tone transmission for  landscapes on black-and-white film at daylight and lamplight.
Yellow light filter Y-1.4X get up the contrast of the light blue sky and weak clouds. People use it for taking portraits outdoors also.
Red light filter R-8X is used for photos on infrared film. When taking photos on black-and-white film the light filter lets get daytime photos as if taken at nighttime  since the sky and verdure are reproduced dark.

Lens care

You should take care about Zenitar 16 mm fisheye lens. keep the lens from strokes, dampness, fug, sharp temperature drop and long sun exposure (even lens closed in case).
the front objective lens should be capped when lens do not use. Protect Zenitar fisheye lens cover because it can be easily broken if careless cleaning. If you need photograph in cold weather, you should keep the camera with Zenitar 16mm under your street-clothes and take it out only for shooting. You should remove dirt from surface with clean stick-held cotton wool.  You should make moist the wad in rectified alcohol. After that you should dry Zenitar with a clean white rag. You should clean optical surfaces in round movements, gradually moving from the Zenitar lens centre to its periphery. Change wad many times..
Don’t disassemble Zenitar 2.8/16 lens by yourself.
covered lens tolerate temperature —50 to +50° C. you should protect Zenitar 16mm  from rain, snow, sand.
in cold weather fisheye lens should be kept covered indoors temperature no less 3h. after usage Zenitar fisheye lens get the ring with distance scale on “?” and diaphragm scale on ,,22. Keep Light filters in special seats.