Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED Fish-Eye
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A new vision
Itai, B&H Photo
30 November 2013
Excerpt: Honestly, I've been thinking about this lens for years. I was torn between the wide field-of-view and worried that I would get bored of the fisheye effect. Well, I didn't. This is a fun lens and very versatile because it zooms unlike most fisheye lenses.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: Nice compact wide angle to fisheye lens. Great for candid shots in tight crowded situations, parties, street photography etc. Also enables one to be creative in landscape photos. Interesting night photography effects.
Good special purpose lens - has some purple fringing issues
3 June 2012
Summary: The Fish-eye is an interesting lens. It gives you that neat fishbowl look to your pictures, which can be fun and also allow you to capture some really wide angle shots. For a non "limited' lens from Pentax - the build quality is very good. Focus ring is nice and smooth, metal mount and it comes with a nice aluminum lens cap and a decent lens bag. A couple of things to note: *You can't use a filter on this lens - just the nature of the beast.
Excerpt: I have been looking at this lens for a while and it was definitely the right step to buy it. I have only had the chance to play with it for a short period of time but it was everything I was hoping for. Outdoors it can provide a vast panoramic view and in close country it allows you to feel like you stepped right into your pictures.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Amazing piece of glass... I had no idea how much fun a lens like this was. - I purchased during my NYC trip from Aus and produced some amazing city photos. The usual great Pentax quality pushed me to purchase this one over the Sigma. But all in all it just produced a better picture. Ultrawide is also a bonus.
Summary: Advs: 1) My item was done very well, it's pleasure to hold this stuff, it looks great 2) AF and other neats Cons: 1) It's a zoom. From 10 fish eye to 17 wide angle. I have DA 15 ltd wide angle which completely outperforms this one in optical quality, so this only disturbs me without any profit. 2) It's quite expensive 3) It's optical quality is questionable compared to samyang 8mm.
Summary: I've gone sort of nuts buying Pentax lenses for my k5 and kx. I have the 10-17 Fisheye, 15mm Limited, 21mm Limited, 35 mm Macro Limited, 40 mm Limited, 70 mm Limited, 200mm DA*, 50mm Takumar m42 and just bought the 50mm f1.2 SMCA. I take a lot of events/street, flowers and nature shots. I find this to be my second or third most used lens which is saying a lot given that it is normally considered a niche lens. It's great to be able to capture the entire environment.