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02-12-2008, 05:16 PM   #1
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What FishEye lens is Better.

Pentax F Fish-eye 17-28mm f/3.5-4.5 or the
Pentax DA 10-17

I'm going to order one this week and I saw the older one on fleebay.

02-12-2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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I have the DA 10-17mm and really enjoy it. Granted it has some limitations that need to be "worked within" but when it's on the camera I can't help but have fun with it.

I have a small gallery of shots I took with it here...

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I haven't tried any others but can't stress how much fun the 10-17 is...
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You should get the Pentax DA 10-17/3.5-4.5 because its effective FOV on digital is equivalent to 15-25.5 on a Pentax digital camera. It's close enough to the F 17-28, and I suspect that Pentax wanted to keep a similar FOV on digital camera as the older fisheye zoom on film, which is why they made it so wide. Also, the older fisheye will not be as wide, and fisheye are general used for wide shots.
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i have been using the Zenitar 16mm F2.8 fisheye for awhile now

i cant get enough of it, for 150 dollars its simply steal.

if used off a tripod the sharpness levels, esp in the center are very good.

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I don't really like fisheye distorition, which is why I don't want any fisheye. It may be fun, but to me, the distorition isn't pleasing.
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The late Herbert Keppler loved the 17-28, but his main gripe was that it didnt focus close enough. fast forward....Pentax Releases the 10-17, w/ a very close focusing distance...
Mr. Keppler loved it even more than the original. one reason why I bought the 10-17.....

Distortedness can be worked in your favour.......w/ a lil creativity.

it's a very fun lens.....

Lens Test: Pentax SMCP-DA Fisheye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 - - PopPhotoJune 2006

SLR: World-Class Glass - - PopPhotoAugust 2006

they dont have his last article posted, talking about the 10-17..but after reading that article, i went and bought it the next day.

on a digital body, the 10-17 would better fit (it is a DA lens after all...:P)......having a 180 degree FOV is just plain awesome
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With careful framing distortion can be minimal

QuoteOriginally posted by tux08902 Quote
I don't really like fisheye distorition, which is why I don't want any fisheye. It may be fun, but to me, the distorition isn't pleasing.
I used to think the way you do but then a bunch of ppl over at the "other" pentax forum (the older one) convinced me to get the 16mm F2.8 Zenitar. What a great little lens! and very inexpensive at the time. It's gotten more dear in the last year, but it's still a great bargin. And you don't have to "put up with" distortion if you don't want to. DS Zenitar 16mm: 1/90 aperture unknown (it's a full manual lens)


And you can get pretty close too! 1/1000 aperture still unknown


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QuoteOriginally posted by -=JoN=- Quote
The late Herbert Keppler loved the 17-28, but his main gripe was that it didnt focus close enough. fast forward....Pentax Releases the 10-17, w/ a very close focusing distance...
Mr. Keppler loved it even more than the original. one reason why I bought the 10-17.....

Distortedness can be worked in your favour.......w/ a lil creativity.

it's a very fun lens.....

Lens Test: Pentax SMCP-DA Fisheye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 - - PopPhotoJune 2006

SLR: World-Class Glass - - PopPhotoAugust 2006

they dont have his last article posted, talking about the 10-17..but after reading that article, i went and bought it the next day.

on a digital body, the 10-17 would better fit (it is a DA lens after all...:P)......having a 180 degree FOV is just plain awesome
there was a great article in a recient magazine discussing the number of bodies the 17-28 had sold, just because people loved it, then came digital, is it any surprise pentax came out withthye 10-17. on an ASP-c sensor the 17-28 is not radical enough,

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Bro, you're making my LBA worse! This pictures don't seem entirely distorted though.
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If you are looking for a true 180 degree fish eye, then the 10-17 is your only choice on a 1.5x crop camera. The 17-28 , like the Zenitar, will not have the same coverage as they were both designed for 35mm film.

I like the fish eye effect. It allows me some interesting creativity.
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the fisheye effect has to be used properly, here are some of my personal Zenitar favorites:








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Wow, those look really nice. I especially like the first.
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That's the beauty of the Zenitar

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Bro, you're making my LBA worse! This pictures don't seem entirely distorted though.
With careful framing and maybe some cropping you can get pretty much "distortion free" photos, but that wonderful curviness is there if you want it.
DS, Zenitar 1/500


K10D 1/160


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love the 10-17. one lens i never worried about buying and i love it

and, for the distortion...i got the sigma 10-20 too. lba in full effect
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Zenitar...don't even need to focus really, unless you get close to something. The distortion isn't even that bad.

Uncorrected shot:
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