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04-12-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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Pentax SMC DA 10-17mm or Samyang 8mm

I'm in the market for a fisheye for some sports shots and others. The Samyang is a lot cheaper, but I'm not super experienced with a DSLR or camera settings in general.

Would I be better served by saving some money with the Samyang or getting the Pentax 10-17mm?

04-12-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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Well, the Pentax 10-17 is more expensive. But it produce a Fish Eye effect at 10 and at 17, its more likely an ultra wide angle, with very few deformation.
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Flare matters. Pentax handles them very good but samyang.
04-12-2011, 03:16 PM   #4
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Look at the fisheye club and the samyang club for photos and comments on the samyang 8mm fisheye.

I have one and find it manages flare very well, and considering that with 180 degree field of view the sun is almost always in the frame, this is quite an accomplismhment.

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You got money to spend? pentax is a great lens, very versatile.
You got a tight budget? Samyang has a great optical quality, produces some great photos and it's very cheap. And you can save the rest for another lens, another type. I would definitely go the Samyang way.
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Here are tons of good shots taken with the samyang from a guy who does a lot of sport fotos...you might like it.

It's a very capable lens and price isn't comparable with that of the 10-17...if you are going for the fisheye look and don't mind losing some versatility over the zoom buy the samyang.
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Note that since the fisheye is somewhat sspecialized I went the samyang route since for other ultra wide shots I have the sigma 10-20
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I was wondering about the same thing.. Pentax or another fisheye... i think that i might save a little and get the Pentax insted of other brand fisheye.. one fact is that with the pentax i'll have like a 2 in one lens.. with 10mm i get a nice fisheye.. and at 17mm an ultra wide lens... a friend of mine have one of those and is a really nice lens.. great shots..
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I'm facing the same choice, although with a Samyang/Bower/LensPro 10mm, instead of an 8mm. I tested the Pentax 10-17 and was not pleased, and I've found reputable reviews that compare the LensPro to the very expensive Nikon fisheye, and they claim the cheap LensPro is actually better. So, I'm going for the cheaper prime. I'm a prime guy anyway.

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I haven't tried the Samyang 8mm. The DA10-17 is the lens that drove me to Pentax in the first place. I think it is a superior piece of work. If you want a range of fishy effects, the DA10-17 is difficult or impossible to beat. I shall not willingly sell it while I am still alive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
If you want a range of fishy effects, the DA10-17 is difficult or impossible to beat.
I must agree with that. Although coming from a limited UWA experience.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ron Kruger Quote
I'm facing the same choice, although with a Samyang/Bower/LensPro 10mm, instead of an 8mm. I tested the Pentax 10-17 and was not pleased, and I've found reputable reviews that compare the LensPro to the very expensive Nikon fisheye, and they claim the cheap LensPro is actually better. So, I'm going for the cheaper prime. I'm a prime guy anyway.
Agree, I would definitely prefer 10mm prime over the useless zoom, I uses 10mm only anyway.
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