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Old Nov 24, 2006, 4:44 AM   #1
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I just received this lense this week.
It manages to look well made but cheap and plasticy at the same time :lol:, but so far it's pretty impressive for the price.

I decided to test out the new lense yesterday when taking my brother and sister to the airport. (They're going to stay with relatives in England over the xmas holidays)



On the way to the airport (Click to enlarge):


(The glare can get pretty bad at times, leaving orange and pink dots everywhere, but its easily fixed by changing angles slightly or a bit of shade from your hand, or in PP)

The walkway from the Terminal back to the carpark.

(starting to look fishy)

My brother:


(look at his legs, haha)

My fave photos from this new lense:







This lense is a lot of fun!!
Can't wait to try it out on film when its truely 16mm
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nadnerb wrote:
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I just received this lense this week.
It manages to look well made but cheap and plasticy at the same time :lol:, but so far it's pretty impressive for the price.

I decided to test out the new lense yesterday when taking my brother and sister to the airport. (They're going to stay with relatives in England over the xmas holidays)

This lense is a lot of fun!!
Can't wait to try it out on film when its truely 16mm
Wow shooting film will be cool with real fisheye effect.
Congrat. You will love the lens. You can shoot really casual. It is more than autofocus . All you need is to set the focus to around 1 metre and practically everything will be in focus.
BTW I followed some advice from several Phil forum members and put in a 67mm filter adapter and your Zenitar does not allow filter at all in its present shape.


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Old Nov 24, 2006, 6:59 AM   #3
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I remember you mentioned your filter modification before.
So you just put a 67mm filter (with no glass) over the little lense hood and then add a proper filter?

Apparently the hood has a 60mm thread.
I have a 62mm polarizer so I might look for a 60-62 step up ring, not sure if that would work but I'll give it a try.

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So you just put a 67mm filter (with no glass) over the little lense hood and then add a proper filter?
The answer is yes.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=17516659

Follow what the predecessors did like what the pict showed above.
If you have 62mm junk filter, try that on the inside not outside (67mm).
Mind you they are not exactly 61 or 62 or 67mm at all.
A bit off. You will be able to figure it out.

I ordered 2 junk 67mm filters @ $1.50 as you can see . One fits really well as a filter mount. 2 drops of crazy glue secure that 100%.

It is a fun lens . Have fun.

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Great shots, especially the walkway and the second car.

It really is a very sharp and underrated lens.
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Old Nov 24, 2006, 9:12 AM   #6
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Adaptor mount from another Pentaxian.

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Old Nov 24, 2006, 8:30 PM   #7
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I can't find any 60-62 step up rings on eBay.

But I did find a 67-62 step down ring, I guess that would work??
That would allow me to use my existing polarizer and UV filter.
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The walkway and the 1st shot of the car are my favorites. Well done.
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I can't find any 60-62 step up rings on eBay.

But I did find a 67-62 step down ring, I guess that would work??
That would allow me to use my existing polarizer and UV filter.
Step down could be an issue for wide angle or fisheye lens. It just maybe ok with the crop factor (84 degree). Calculate in details the FoV to see if it works. For FF (or film) it is tough. Anyway no harm done in trying since you have a 62 polarizer.

Another long thread on putting in a filter adapter
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=17512684

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I was inspired by Daniel's engineering prowess, so decided to tackle the filter issue myself, but ended up doing it in a different way, which seems to work well.

First, I had a 58mm UV filter that I turned backwards, so it would give room for the protruding lens of the Zenitar, and snugged it inside the threads of the lens. It fit very snug, so it stays, but not snug enough that it can't be removed. I then placed a 62 to 58mm step-down ring on it. The 58mm screwed on to what is generally the bottom of the 58mm filter (after flipping it around, as above), which made it so I can snap on a 62mm lens cap. I now have my UV filter, and a lens cap which stays on (the one which comes with the lens fell off quite a bit for me. I hope these three photos illustrate what I did. Ask any questions if unclear.

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