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Keywords: Pentax Fisheye Wide Zoom APS-C DA ED Tested


kh1234567890

Registered: January 2014
Posts: 6
Pentax 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED IF SMC P-DA Fish-Eye review by kh1234567890
Review Date: 1/30/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $500.00| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Compact, good build, fun
Cons: Fringing and CA

Nicely made, not the lightest of lenses but well balanced and of solid, precision feel. Some fringing and CA effects are present. No internal reflections or flare, you can shoot straight into the sun without any problems.


Fun to use but takes some practice since some shots work better than others. Great for shooting 360 degree panoramas, being arty or just messing about.


I've had this lens for over a year now and the novelty has largely worn off. These days I tend to use it mainly for 360 degree panoramas since it lacks sharpness over all of its zoom range. At 10mm you can live with this as you'd be using it for the fish-eye effect, but at 17mm it is worse than the kit 18-55 at 18mm. Purple and blue fringing can also be bad in some situations.


The Samyang 8mm fisheye is a better alternative if you can live without zoom and autofocus.


Some of my shots taken with this lens are here :
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwHouPP
tachyon1701

Registered: May 2008
Posts: 8
Pentax 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED IF SMC P-DA Fish-Eye review by tachyon1701
Review Date: 6/2/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $350.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Pentax build quality, quick AF, light
Cons: Can't attach filter to protect lens (like most fisheye lens)

This lens is so fun! I bought it at first with some hesitation that I might not use it as often because it is seemingly "less practical" than normal lenses. But this has become my favourite lens to bring everywhere!


You can really be creative with this lens and take some specacular pictures. Excellent image quality, quick to AF, and quality Pentax construction. No attachable filter to the front (most fisheye) means you've got to be careful with the front glass element.


Try it with the flash and you'll take some fun and surreal pictures with it!
leprechaun

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 7
Pentax 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED IF SMC P-DA Fish-Eye review by leprechaun
Review Date: 12/25/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $460.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fun
Cons:

So much fun that I bought a used *ist DS just so I could shoot with it.


 






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