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Pentax DA f/3.5-4.5 10-17mm Lens $450
Posted By: Takumar55, 08-15-2013, 09:08 AM

Pentax DA f/3.5-4.5 10-17mm Lens Fish-eye zoom lens for Pentax K-mount cameras at Crutchfield.com

Seems like a nice deal on this lens. Came across this during the DA35/50 frenzy and thought I'd post it separately.
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08-15-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Yes, that is a very good deal, possibly the lowest current price I've seen from a US retailer. Crutchfield is very reputable-- I've used them for plenty of stereo equipment in the past, but have never used them for camera stuff-- I only assume their excellent customer service applies to camera equipment too.

Now I just have to find some way to justify owning a fisheye zoom when I already have a rectilinear Tamron 10-24...
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$450 was the same price at the Pentax Webstore, until today.

At least you stand a better chance of getting it from Crutchfield, than Pentax!
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$450 was the same price at the Pentax Webstore, until today.

At least you stand a better chance of getting it from Crutchfield, than Pentax!
That's actually how I found this deal. I checked around to see who else had it.

Sounds like a fun and highly regarded lens. I'm still thinking about it, but very tempted.

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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
Now I just have to find some way to justify owning a fisheye zoom when I already have a rectilinear Tamron 10-24...
Well, your 10-24mm starts at 108° angle of view and ends at 60° while the 10-17mm FE starts at 180° and ends at 100° (all diagonal AoV).. So they kind of complement each other.

Regardless, itīs my personal opinion, that real advantage of the 10-17 over any other ultra wide angle zoom is that it has the same dimensions and weight as the 18-55 kit lens (smaller if you take the reversed hood into account) and has a much smaller front element than the 10-24 or similars. This makes it really fun and easy to carry / hold.
I never tried anything wider than 16mm (80°) in rectilinear lenses but from the samples Iīve seen I think I rather non corrected lenses for wider than that.
Iīve also tried correcting distortion in PP and it works really good but corners can get soft or people deformed so you have to be keep it in mind when framing/composing for that purpose.
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QuoteOriginally posted by carrrlangas Quote
Well, your 10-24mm starts at 108° angle of view and ends at 60° while the 10-17mm FE starts at 180° and ends at 100° (all diagonal AoV).. So they kind of complement each other. Regardless, itīs my personal opinion, that real advantage of the 10-17 over any other ultra wide angle zoom is that it has the same dimensions and weight as the 18-55 kit lens (smaller if you take the reversed hood into account) and has a much smaller front element than the 10-24 or similars. This makes it really fun and easy to carry / hold.
Hmm.... yes, you're right about both points. Although I don't think my 10-24 is too heavy, it is definitely bulky, esp.with the massive hood attached (even reversed). Would be nice to have a lightweight zoom option at the ultra-wide end.

Ack. The fish-eye zoom wasn't on my radar. Now I'll have to think about it!!
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Ack. The fish-eye zoom wasn't on my radar. Now I'll have to think about it!!
Sorry for that! If itīs of any comfort, itīs almost as flare resistent as your DA15 and has the same great colors...
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Hmm.... yes, you're right about both points. Although I don't think my 10-24 is too heavy, it is definitely bulky, esp.with the massive hood attached (even reversed). Would be nice to have a lightweight zoom option at the ultra-wide end.

Ack. The fish-eye zoom wasn't on my radar. Now I'll have to think about it!!
Count mount filters on it. Is that enough reason to not get it?

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