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05-02-2016, 03:11 PM - 2 Likes   #16
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I thought I'd resurrect my old thread to let you know I've finally pulled the trigger on a used Pentax 10-17mm.
It took a while as I had to let a few slide by as ebay madness took over, but finally found what looks like a good one at a good price.
Thank you all for your help deciding. Can't wait to give it a spin!

05-02-2016, 03:41 PM   #17
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You'll like it. I love mine. It's a versatile lens, one that can go from pure fisheye distortion to very interesting wide angles, with a certain 'punch' that I cannot get from any other lens.

For these 'punchy' wide angles I usually select 17mm , get close to the subject at hand and then go through my 'body English' movement...up and down, clicking away till I find the angle and 'look' I want...for the picture.

I'm not describing it well, but try it...move around...go low...go mid level...go high...this lens is full of wonderful photographic surprises.

I believe the late, great Herbert Keppler once said (and I'm paraphrasing) that if he were alone, on a desert island....and could only have one camera and one lens...it would be a Pentax fisheye zoom....with a Pentax mount camera.
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My new acquisition has arrived but I'm a little worried as it rattles a bit if I shake it front to back.
It seems sharp enough and the zoom and focus move smoothly, so it doesn't seem to cause problems... but seems unusual for a Pentax lens.
Anyone else's copy do this?
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Why would you shake a lens? I don't understand.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MPrince Quote
Why would you shake a lens? I don't understand.
Because I heard a rattle when I was moving it about and I wondered what was going on. Something inside moves front/back but not side to side.
It's the only lens I have that does that, so I was concerned and wondered if it's normal for this particular lens.
Does yours do it?
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I gave mine a gentle shake (not something I would normally do) and detected a slight rattle front to back but not side to side.
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Thank you for trying that for me that puts my mind at rest. Must be something about the way it's constructed, I guess.

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