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07-14-2009, 02:08 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by redpigeons Quote
I am looking for a nice fish eye lens

the sigma 15mm 2.8 looked perfect until I saw that the current price is almost $800

so what do you think of the Pentax 10-17?

or do you have any other suggestions?
With a 15mm/16mm "fish-eye" you get all the distortion, but not the angle of view. For APS-C the Pentax 10-17 or the new Samyang 8mm offer true fish-eye angle of view (180 degs) at a very low price tag (compared to the old full-frame lenses).

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Out of curiousity, has anyone tried any of the add on fish eye filter/ diopter kind of offering and with what kind of results?
I notice the likes of Raynox and a few other offerings out there.
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For a film user the K17/4 is a great fish-eye lens, as it has built in filters.
It's also very small, about the size of a prime 50mm lens.
As it's a Pentax K series lens, it will be better built than anything else released
in the last 30 years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
For a film user the K17/4 is a great fish-eye lens, as it has built in filters.
It's also very small, about the size of a prime 50mm lens.
As it's a Pentax K series lens, it will be better built than anything else released
in the last 30 years.
The 16/2.8 A fish-eye is not the least inferior in buld quality to any K series lens. I don't think, that generalizations of this kind are true. There are some A lenses with cheap plastics inside (50/1.7) and others with a very high level of mechanical engineering (50/1.2 for instance), which leave nothing to be desired. Of course finish and build quality are highly subjective measures, so you are fully entitled to prefer K lenses, I would just not underscribe this general notion.

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i have sigma "A" 8/4, and its great lens.


Sigma 8mm vs. pentax 10-17

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I decided for the DA 10-17 and it renders great images.
I'm very happy with it.
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im really really really happy with my 10-17 DA fisheye

its super sharp, its nice and small plus at the long end its a great wide angle.

on the short end its fishy as fishy can be.

just be careful, for you cant put filters to protect the lens outer element.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
I own the Zenitar and agree with Julie (foxglove) that it is a fun little lens for not much money. And a healthy bronx cheer for those who say "it's not a true fisheye because it's not 180!" It is still a lot of fun and you can get some decent effects with it.


NaCl(inexpensive and fun! what more could you ask for?)H2O
This is the pic that made me want to go out and buy the 10-17. I even stole the idea of taking it down to the Brooklyn Bridge....



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QuoteOriginally posted by maxwell1295 Quote
This is the pic that made me want to go out and buy the 10-17. I even stole the idea of taking it down to the Brooklyn Bridge....

Alan, am happy to find I'm enabling LBA in other ppl!

NaCl(and glad you like the shot)H2O
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The 10-17 quickly became one of my favorite lenses. I carry it all the time. Its very sharp, can focus very close and on the longer end is quite usable as a walk around wide angle without too much distortion.
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So how does a DA 10-17mm work on full frame (film or the possible FF dSLR some day)?

10mm will still give the 180 degree angle and 17mm the 100 degree angle? I suppose it wont fill the full frame. So will it be a circular image surrounded by black at all focal lengths?
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I know where there is a mint S-M-C Fisheye Takumar 17/4 with original case and caps. I don't know the asking price, though I think it might be had for $300.

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DA10-17FE says, "Hi".



Yes, this one IS with the FE


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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
For a film user the K17/4 is a great fish-eye lens, as it has built in filters.
It's also very small, about the size of a prime 50mm lens.
As it's a Pentax K series lens, it will be better built than anything else released
in the last 30 years.
I have the M42 mount version of this lens, which i have been using with a (film) Asahi Pentax SV and a Minnolta Spotmeter F.

Fantastic DOF: just use hyperfocal distance focusing.

Great colour rendition.

Very sharp.

I'm very happy with the results!
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I have the Zenitar 16mm but it wasn't fishy enough so a month ago I bought the new Samyang 8mm. I'm more than happy with this lens!!





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