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Minolta MD FISH-EYE Rokkor 16mm 1:2.8 (3-3.5/5)
- f/2.8: The center is excellent, and most of the image sharp enough, midframe sharpness is actually lower than near corner sharpness wile the far corners are unsharp. Vignetting is surprisingly low.
- f/5.6: noticeably better than f/4, most of the image is very sharp, only the far corners are unsharp
- f/11: very good sharpness across the frame. Flare resistance is average and CA pronounced.
- A rather heavy lens with integrated filters and lens hood. Built quality is excellent
Fisheye lenses are very hard to master, I wasn’t really succesfull at it. But this is a good lens, so good in fact that it also came in Leica R-mount and the same optical design is still used by the current Sony 2.8/16 Fisheye.
There is a younger MD version which is supposedly not as good.
- At f/2.8 a small central region is sharp, bokeh is ugly and vignetting very noticeable
- The lens suffers from a very pronounced midzone dip so important parts of the image are unsharp, even stopped down.
- Ergonomics are great, it is very small and light
It might be that the copy I tested had an issue with the floating elements design which caused the midzone dip.