Zesnar 28mm f/2.8


Zesnar 28mm f/2.8. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd




8 oz (227g)

Focus Ring
Rubber on Metal.

Close Focus
1.2 feet (0.4 meters).

Filter Threads
52mm, Metal.

Aperture Ring

6 blades stopping down to f/22.

M42 Metal Mount.

Made in



100% Crop

f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8



Corner at f/2.8


Bokeh at f/2.8

Flare and Ghosting



Closest Focus at f/4

f/2.8: Not horribly soft but has decent contrast. Suffers from chromatic aberration and a ton of spherical aberration.
f/3.5: Quite sharp but still has a fair bit of chromatic and spherical aberration.
f/4: Pretty sharp with a hint of chromatic aberration.
f/8: Very sharp with great contrast and no signs of diffusion until f/14 area.

Quite a bit of vignette but quickly reduces when stopped down and is basically gone by f/5.6.

The bokeh is both busy and distracting.

Flare and Ghosting
Not a whole lot of flare and the evident ghosting is nicely colored and shaped but covers quite a bit of area.


A fair bit of Barrel Distortion as expected.

On AF Camera
Optics:          ★ ★
Mechanics:   ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Usefulness:   ★ ★ ★
Availability:    ★
Overall:          ★ ★

On MF Camera
Ergonomics:  ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall:          ★ ★
Out of 5

This lens performed better then I had expected but still has a few problems. Color and contrast is decent and I enjoyed the ghosting for some artistic photos but it is technically poor. Stopped down a fair bit gives some nicely sharp images and could make a good landscape lens.
A few problems with the lens is the build feels hokey. The rubber grip is studded sharply and grips well but the focus ring didn’t feel tight enough or perhaps my helicoid was wearing a bit.
The lens suffers from some barrel distortion and the bokeh is quite busy and not smooth. The biggest problem is that the lens suffers from quite a bit of spherical aberration at larger aperture stops.
Overall the lens performed better then I had expected. If you stumble upon one they are fun to play with but I would not go out of my way searching for one.
If you do find one I would check Ebay to see if there are split focus screens for your camera to help with manual focus. Also this lens works great on many digital cameras with a M42 Adapter and are cheap all over ebay.


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