DA 10-17mm Fisheye: My favorite lens!

By PF Staff in Influential Photo Gear on Dec 1, 2012

Looking for a great lens for real estate interiors? Super close, super wide shots of your favorite subject?  The Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye might just be what you need.  

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Kit lenses are fine for basic everyday use; the one that came with my Pentax K20D though, just didn’t get wide enough for my needs. Use the DA 10-17mm and you get up to 180 degrees of coverage. I shoot for real estate agents, they need the most out of a photo for their limited web space. Using a tripod and shooting 5 images HDR per image, this lens easily covers the whole room. Though being a fisheye lens there will be some distortion on the sides. I can usually remove most of this using Paint Shop Pro X4 ultimate’s fisheye distortion tool. This lens is also ideal for museum use (when allowed).

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The photo of my sister in-law’s dog was taken with the DA 10-17mm. It was taken hand held with a K20D, 1/10th /sec f4, asa 6400. The lens was set at 15mm. I also have a shot of the same dog’s head only at 10mm, makes him look allot bigger!  Notice the excitement on his face about getting his picture taken…

In closing, I would have to say that this lens is one I cannot do without. Even though the lens has a super hard coating, it would be nice to have some sort of filter protection available for it. I am extra careful with it, so far no scratches. Would love to try it out on the new K30!

-K200Duser

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