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PENTAX DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye Lens for Pentax Digital SLR
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- Metal Pentax(r) Kaf Lens Mount
- Water- & Oil-repellent Super-protective Lens Coating For Easy Cleaning
- Extra-low Dispersion Glass For Superior Sharpness & Color Correction
- Responsive Quick-shift Focus System Allows Instant Shift From Auto Focus To Manual Focus
- Image Circle Is Designed To Match The Ccd Used In Pentax(r) Digital SLRs
- 10-17mm fisheye lens with f/3.5-4.5 maximum aperture for Pentax digital SLR cameras
- Creates images with expanded perspective, with creatively deformed outlook and sharp pan focus
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|Included Components||Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap,|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 3 x 3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||11.3 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.71 pounds|
|Lens Type||Fisheye zoom lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||ONE YEAR|
|Maximum Focal Length||30|
|Minimum Focal Length||10|
|Real Angle Of View||180 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
- Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
- Angle of view: 180 to 100 degrees
- Diaphragm: Fully automatic
- Blades: 6
- Minimum aperture: f/22-32
- Metering: TTL open-aperture meeting
- Minimum focusing distance: 0.46 feet
- Maximum magnification: 0.23x to 0.39x
- Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter
- Weight: 11.3 ounces
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Now that I have gone to the Pentax K100D camera, I was pleasantly surprised to see this 10-17mm lens was available. I was even happier because unlike the Canon lens, the Pentax is a zoom, so that not every shot has to be the distorted wide angle that you think of when you hear "fisheye". The lens goes out to the equivalent of about 26mm on a 35mm format, which is a very useful focal length as well.
The lens also allows manually tweaking the focus while in the auto-focus mode - something my 2 Sigma lenses warn against.
The only drawbacks to the lens that I see are that you can not mount a filter and the curved front element is exposed (same for the Canon). So, just use a little caution. And, unlike the old Canon, there are no rear filters either. Finally, for those who like to manually adjust the aperture ring - there isn't one. It's all set through the camera :-)
I could go on about the lens, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I've posted a few photos in the Amazon collection.
The lens surface extends (bulges out) beyond the front rim of the lens which can expose it more than a conventional lens. However, Pentax claims that it has a special coating which is supposed to resist scratches. I am ultra careful and choose not to test the strenght of the coating!! The lens cap is a slip-on type vs. a clip-on type. The lens is a tad heavy, but solidy built.
The more I use this lens, the more pleased I am that I purchased it.
Other reviewers are right that you can't use filters with this lens; however, that is a common trait with fisheye lenses. Just be careful of the bulbous front element.
The lens itself is very sharp. Because of its wide angle of view, you will find that you need to shoot mostly at f8-11 to make the most of it. Colors are great. It has the ability to close focus. At 10mm, it is very "fishy" at 17mm very mildly so.
If you enjoy the fisheye view or are in to architectural photography, this is a special lens.
Edit: I am currently using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3and it has automatic defishing ability for this lens, which, at least for me, makes the lens more usable. There are just a lot of photos where the curved lines of a fisheye get pretty old...
I cannot praise this lens enough. It is relatively light, fun, can do a lot of things and has "quick shift"- can maually focus even with auto focus function on. It is sharp too.
As another reviewer mentioned, this lens allows you to do macros, have fun with both people and the environment with the fisheye distortion, do landscapes- although the closer to 10mm you need to knwo that the horizontal midline will have no distortion, while the further away you get in the photo, the more curved it will be, while at 17mm, distortion is very low, and you could regard it as a 25mm (in 35mm format) wide angle lens. You can use the 180 degree angle to capture both very wide and large objects (I photgraphed a courtyard that was about 300 metres in diameter at 10mm), or, conversely, very narrow- like alleyways.
In fact, the more I used the lens, the more uses I found for it. Counterintuitively, on my last holiday, it became my walk-around lens, and stayed on 80% of the time, even though I brought 3 lenses with me. And the artistic aspect is limited by your imagination. You can do a straight on macro of something, say a flower, and then move just a few millimetres up or down and get a totally different picture due to the fisheye effect.
I also have the Pentax 12-24mm and I will be selling that. The 12-24mm works fine, but I am not a serious landscape photographer and I can use the money to fund other things :)
If you have any doubts- don't. It's well built, fun, and very useful. You'll be surprised how many small and tight places you can use it and capture everything in the photo despite the restricted space of the room.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an outstanding, versatile lens. It's fisheye at 10-12mm and nearly rectilinear at 15-17mm. If desired, it can be defished with good results that are better than my Sigma... Read morePublished 22 days ago by mgvh
A beautifully made lens. Smooth operation. Superb "feel" during use. Excellent picture quality, especially at 17mm. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Knapp
Easily the best lens I've ever purchased. Love it! Pictures are sharp as all get out. Currently on my Pentax K-X.
People seem to think fisheye is sort of a specialized type of lens, but I'll be damned if I'm not playing around with this constantly. Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. Davis
I Think Pentax Out Did There Self -Like The Range Of 10mm-To 17mm
You Can Make Photos Look Wide Angle And Then Almost Normal
I Will Make GOOD Use Of This... Read more
Used it on a tour of Falling Water and it worked great. Pictures are sharp.
Also used it at a party. The fisheye effect can be a lot of fun!