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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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With extra low dispersion glass and original lens coatings, this lens is superior in contrast, clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness.

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Capture fisheye imagery with a 180-degree angle of view with the Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye lens. Designed for the Pentax *ist series of digital SLR cameras, the lens creates images with an expanded perspective, including images with a creatively deformed outlook and a sharp pan focus that extends throughout the entire frame. The image circle in DA series lenses, meanwhile, is designed to perfectly match the 23.5 x 15.7mm size of the CCD used in Pentax digital SLRs to optimize camera performance. Plus, the new design contributes to a drastic reduction in size, weight, and production cost compared to 35mm counterparts with similar specifications. Additional features include a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15-26mm; new water- and oil-repellant super-protective (SP) lens coatings for easy cleaning; extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass for superior sharpness and color correction; and a responsive Quick Shift Focus System for switching instantly from autofocus (AF) to manual focus (MF).

  • 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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  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches ; 11.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000CNI016
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  • Item model number: B000CNI016
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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Sometimes you just need to go to the extreme - in this case it is really wide angle. In my old Canon film-camera days, I had the 15mm 2.8 fisheye which was an even bigger chunk of glass because of its speed.

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.
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Have owned this lens since December 2007 and have had a lot of fun with it. At 17mm, it functions like a conventional wide angle lens, but at 10mm it is truly a fish-eye. The flexibility cannot be beat! Image quality is excellent (color rendition and sharpness). It can produce some interesting perpectives once you learn how to exploit its characteristics.

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.
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The DA 10-17 is a special lens. It is not the sort of lens that you would use every day or, even as a "walk around" lens. At the same time, it provides a field of view that you have a hard time achieving with a rectilinear lens. The widest angle lens for APS-C that I know of is the Sigma 8-16mm, which only gets about 121 degrees of view into the photo -- at 10mm, the DA fisheye gets 180 degrees -- have to watch your feet or they will be there too.

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...
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Every bit as advertised. A most unusual lense. It takes a while getting use to the lack of an apature ring but the lense is everybit worth it. If you are in a small room and need to take in the whole room this is the lense for you. The Lense is as sharp as all of the other pentax lenses that I have and the depth of field is tremendous.

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Talk about a fun lens. I am doing fun stuff again. Of course too many fish-eye shots are not well received in a wedding shoot but the option to shoot in tight surroundings like stairs, or group up the groomsmen and bridesmaids and add a little flair is great! I've found nothing wrong with this lens and it's fun to see people's reactions to the shots. After some Photoshop lens correction the shots are can also be acceptably distortion free. Once again Pentax provides the value for the money.
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I am extremely pleased with this lens. I am just an amature, but of the three lenses that I have for my K20D this is my favorite. I have the 18-55mm kit lens, a 70-300mm and this lens. The zoom function is very useful and requires a lot less lens changes. If you've every wanted a fish-eye lens and wondered if this one would be adequate, I have to say that it is everything I've always wanted in a fish-eye lens and more because of the useful zoom, for when you don't really want the full distorted look and don't want to have to change lenses. I would definenately recommend it to anyone.
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By Adrian on September 30, 2011
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews on this lens. I guess most have reviewed it in other places like pentaxf-o-r-u-m-s or B and H.

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.
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