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03-05-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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What are the Best Fisheye lens out there?

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What are the Best Fisheye lens out there?
Pentax DA 10-17mm FE zoom - no question.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
Pentax DA 10-17mm FE zoom - no question.
For APS-C absolutely.
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Thanks, How much would they run for?

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I got mine for 300$ in the marketplace, seems to be the going rate these days. I think saw a Zenitar 16mm in the marketplace yesterday for 150$, which is s good price for that lens.
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Brand new they are around $350usd.

It's definetly the next lens on my list.

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What are the Best Fisheye lens out there?
You mean there's more than one?

Seriously, I can't imagine a better FE than the DA10-17. You get fisheye AND zoom! At 10mm you get max distortion, but it's suttle at 17mm. Really versatile lens that focuses closely enough to really set up a shot. It's also razor sharp. One of, if not my favorite lens...
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Thanks, How much would they run for?

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You mean there's more than one?
Maybe.

The 10-17 FE zoom's predecessor is the 17-28 FE zoom. The latter does not focus as close as the former, but it is full-frame, and interestingly, slightly smaller. On an APS-C DSLR, I'd say it is about 16-24mm after defishing.

I just sold one in excellent condition for a bit more than $200, with $35 shipping (the buyer is in Great Britain).
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As noted, the DA 10-17 zoom is the champion of the world. I also love my Zenitar 16/2.8 which is noticeably smaller, lighter, faster, but w/o AF. And I have a Vemar 12/8 which is unfortunately mis-built to the extent that it's quite unusable. Bother. The zoom and the Zen have different distortion qualities, so watch those corners carefully.

Does anyone here have other FE's they love and/or hate? Any FE stories? Do all FE/WA converters suck? I let a [expletive deleted] salesthug talk me into buying a Crystal Vision 0.5x wide converter for my DA 18-250 - bad mistake. Theoretically, a pinhole should give an ultrawide FOV but that's dependent on sensor-to-pinhole distance, and I don't know if I could get a pinhole mount close enough on my K20D. Does anyone here have ultrawide pinhole experience?
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Nice!
I'm deff go for that Fisheye..

Ey riorico you got any sample pics with the fisheye? you are a K20D user right?
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Another vote for the 10-17 - a truly classic FE lens.
Sharp and excellent contrast, as well as a solid build.
Here's my previously shown contribution taken with this gem of a lens:
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
As noted, the DA 10-17 zoom is the champion of the world. I also love my Zenitar 16/2.8 which is noticeably smaller, lighter, faster, but w/o AF. And I have a Vemar 12/8 which is unfortunately mis-built to the extent that it's quite unusable. Bother. The zoom and the Zen have different distortion qualities, so watch those corners carefully.
If the OP is using a Pentax cropped sensor DSLR, then the 10-17 is the only real choice. Fisheye lenses designed to be used on 35mm format cameras just look like a medium wide angle lens that has really bad barrel distortion when used on a cropped sensor camera.
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There certainly is more than one!

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You mean there's more than one?
Yes there is more than one! The Zenitar 16mm F2.8 FE is significantly cheaper than the 10-17 and gives great images. And dispite Wheatfield's protestations above, it is definitely a Fisheye. I will admit that the IQ is not as good as the Pentax 10-17 but it is (or was, I haven't looked at a price for one in a while) 1/3 the price of the Pentax. Here is a shot I took with it on the Brooklyn Bridge.


NaCl(small, light, inexpensive...what's not to love? )H2O
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If you think that you will only have occasional use for a fisheye, I would second the suggestion about getting a Zenitar. I have one and found it to be quite adequate, especially relative to the price. I also found that I got tired of the effect and now only occasionally use it on a film body. If you find that you use it a lot and want a better lens, then you can sell it and get the Pentax. Depends on your LBA level....
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