Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED Fish-Eye
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Pentax smc P-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm ED (IF)
PhotogBob, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: Very easy to get used to fish eye effect. Can get some wild shots at 10-14mm. Usefull as a normal wide angle at 15-17mm setting. Very good contrast and color. Good weight on K511S. Very close focusing for almost macro shots. Very good for landscapes,if you watch the horizon.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Hello, to be honest I'm French and I came to the USA a few days. I decide to buy this lens not on a whim but I thought for a long time. So I price my creative mind to tell you that this fish-eye is exactly for you. Whether you want to take landscapes, buildings, people. You will be conquered your first images. I counsel you, it's light takes up little space. It is flexible in use. So if you have a lot of imagination. This lens you expect.
Summary: 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. It takes absolutely gorgeous photos on my K-3, especially of flowers. The only complaint is some chromatic aberrations (especially in mid-day), but hey, isn't that to be expected? If you're interested in a fisheye/ultra-wide angle, I highly recommend this lens. Just realize that you need to get in CLOSE.
Summary: Most of the cheap fish-eye lenses I found were manual lenses. This is OEM and auto focus as well as supporting the other functions of my K-5 body. Been playing with it and it's as quick to focus as my other Pentax DA lenses. Happy yo add it to my growing lens collection.
Summary: This lens is amazing! Like all the Pentax lenses I have owned, this one is solid, crystal sharp and a complete joy to work with. If you are toying with the thought of your first fisheye lens...look to this one. Don't try a cheap one as the most frustrating part of taking on a new skill is trying to do so with poor equipment. Go Pentax and work the photograph, not the lens.
Excerpt: Initially, from pictures I had seen in magazines I thought this was a cheap plastic lens. To my surprise it is very well built / a solid feeling (aluminum?) body, a very hi quality rubber coating around the zoom dial. I simply love the lens cap, which is also a hi quality metal which slips on and off with just the right resistance. And using this lens is just a blast!!!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Unique lens, for those that crave and yearn for the widest angle possible. Distortion is a plus. Quirky, not akin to those who purchase Pentax anyways. The best pictures of this lens I have yet to take.