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11-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Pentax 10-17mm or "Samyang" 8mm?

Looking to take some fun pet pictures. What would you buy? I bought a Tamron 10-24 in order to get all of my daughters marching band in one frame and wouldn't be against selling this and picking up the 10-17mm if it would serve both purposes.

11-28-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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One vote for the 10-17 here. Because it's fun, versatile and close focussing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kwar Quote
Looking to take some fun pet pictures. What would you buy? I bought a Tamron 10-24 in order to get all of my daughters marching band in one frame and wouldn't be against selling this and picking up the 10-17mm if it would serve both purposes.
I have both the DA 12-24mm f/4 and the DA Fisheye 10-17mm. They are very different, and for different purposes. I couldn't replace my 12-24mm with the 10-17mm.

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One vote for the 10-17 here. Because it's fun, versatile and close focussing.
Yes to all of that!

It can be used for dramatic and creative purposes as well as fun. Especially if an important straight line in the subject, for example, the horizon in a landscape or seascape, is kept through the middle of the sensor, because it will be straight in the image too.
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Either would be fun, but the 10-17 may be more versatile. There is a sale on it now, but still nowhere as good as the $320 (with rebate) I paid for it as my first lens in '06 :-)

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I own a prime fisheye (Sigma 15mm) now to gain f 2.8 but the zoom on the 10-17 is something I sorely miss. It just makes the lens infinitely more usable imo. That lens is nowhere close to a one trick pony, more like ten trick pony.
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Thank you all for your input.

Your comments are confirming what I was already thinking and I do appreciate that. The 8mm would be for price only and I'm trying to get away from that.
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The Samyang is also big. Usually a fisheye isn't the only lens you're carrying, so big doesn't work as well.
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