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SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF]

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SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF]

SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF]
SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF]
SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF]


The Pentax 10-17mm fisheye lens provides a 180-degree diagonal Field of View (FoV) on Pentax APS-C format DSLRs.  At 17mm, the FOV is reduced to 100 degrees.  The image is not rectilinear. The fisheye effect is more dramatic at the wider end of the zoom range.

In 2019 this lens was replaced by an HD coated version, but it can still be found new as of February 2020.


SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED[IF]
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Image Format
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Automatic, 6 blades
10 elements, 8 groups
Mount Variant
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
AF (screwdrive)
Min. Focus
14 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
No filter thread
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 180 to 100 ° / 145 to 82 (calculated) °
Lens Cap
Dedicated metal push-on
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Diam x Length
68 x 71.5 mm (2.7 x 2.8 in.)
320 g (11.3 oz.)
Production Years
2006 to 2019
$449 USD current price
$575 USD at launch
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 10- 17mm ED[IF]
Product Code
User reviews
In-depth review
Unofficial Full-Frame Compatibility Tests by Pentax Forums
★☆☆ Usable with reservations at select F-stop/focal length combinations
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One ED element.

Screwdrive AutofocusQuick ShiftInternal FocusingBuilt-in HoodAutomatic ApertureAPS-C Digital OnlyDiscontinued
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Registered: May, 2008
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 4,308
Lens Review Date: June 13, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $409.95 | Rating: 9 

Pros: A lot of fun to play with!
Cons: No provisions for a filter

I toyed with getting a fish eye lens for years, and finally got to place in life that allowed me to do so. This lens opens up a whole realm of fun photgraphy. The lens is one of Pentax's best efforts - after all, who else offers a fish eye zoom? Performance is very solid with just a slight softening at the edges. Given this lenses properties, it probably would have tripled the cost to get rid of this softness, so you can't really hold that against the lens. It also exhibits a slight purple fringing, depending on light. Without the fringing and softness, this lens would rate a 10, but then what would the cost have been?

The only real downside for me, is that you can't put a filter over this lens. I use UV filters on all my lenses to prevent wear, etc., on the surface of the lens, and I wish there was a way to do so with this lens.
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Registered: March, 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Posts: 23,682
Lens Review Date: May 11, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $360.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, good build, well contrasted images
Cons: CA
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I was curious to try out FE on the K10D, so picked one up from a fellow forum member. A fun lens to try out in some circumstances.

The extreme wide angle means hand-holding at a high enough angle to avoid getting your own feet in the shot.

Build quality, very very good - I feel it's more solid than my DA 16-45 yet light enough to carry around in my kit.

Taking photos with this lens is a joy, metering is accurate on the K10D and focusing is fast.

Image quality, can't fault it too much... CA is very obvious in extreme wide angle, but I can't imagine such a lens without at least some CA with the way those light rays have to bend some tight angles to get where they are on the sensor. I'm pleased with its sharpness, colour rendition and contrast - sure, cannot be compared to a good prime, but the zoom is quite versatile, well suited to fill the focal length space with the DA 16-45 or 18-55.

I may not know what a 10/10 FE lens performs like, but this lens is great value for money for the quality you get from it. Recommended.
New Member

Registered: February, 2008
Location: sydney,australia
Posts: 6
Lens Review Date: March 21, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $540.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: extreme close focus ,sharp with excellent resolution ,good build
Cons: PF on highlights

great lens for dramatic urban studies, also excellent for shooting cars and motorbikes .Was quite impressed with with level of detail considering extreme wideangles. Allows for some creative and dramatic effects.Takes a little bit of practice to meter accurately. Images look great when converted to mono and PF disappears .
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 11,787
Lens Review Date: January 28, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $420.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fish zoom!!
Cons: Soft corners in the images; flare;
New or Used: New   

This zoom warants you a creative license!

The lens is capable of producing stunning images when the scenery is relatively in one plane ...

Love it or loathe it.

Sample images are shown here

My DA 10-17mm f3.5 - 4.5 shots
New Member

Registered: December, 2007
Location: Tallinn
Posts: 22
Lens Review Date: December 18, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 7 

Pros: FOV, close focus
Cons: CA

One negative aspect - serious CA and this takes away most of fun using it for landscapes, where it would be real hit, except for the macro with extreme DOF. Still it's big fun and I enjoy every hour spent using this lense.
Senior Member

Registered: February, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 173

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 19, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $430.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: range (100 to 180 degree coverage), sharp, compact, veyr high quality build
Cons: CA and PF

I give this lens a 10 (excellent) score because not only is this lens very high quality build (made mostly of metal, has QS focusing, IF focusing) but its versatile. Thats right a fisheye is versatile - at least the DA10-17 is. A fisheye zoom lens is an awesome idea and at 10mm the effect is pronounced whereas as you zoom to 17mm the effect is less pronounced. Also with a tool like PTLens you can defish the shots (even at 10mm) and get a very acceptable rectilinear lens. Its also very sharp for a fisheye and extremely fun to use. It can also focus literally with the fornt element maybe an inch away from the subject so makes very interesting macros, the Macro magnification is 1:2.5 - thats right 1:2.5 - what the Sigma claims as a "Macro" designation on its 17-70 at 70mm this fisheye has the same magnification at 17mm - unbelievable! The only negative aspect of this lens is that it has relatively high CA and purple fringing but with the amount of light that gets bent due to the shape of the lens - this is probably inevitable so all-in-all compared to other fisheyes this lens easily deserves an excellent score due to versatility, build, sharpness/FOV/IQ. Easily one of my favorite lenses as I have a lot of great shots from it.
Junior Member

Registered: December, 2006
Location: NYC
Posts: 32
Lens Review Date: February 12, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good feel (heavy), excellent IQ, build quality is great
Cons: Can't put a filter on it.

I've always been a sucker for the fish eye and Pentax has answered my call.

When side by side with the 18-55 kit they look almost the same, but the 10-17 feels like it was built 100x better.

I only wish I could put a filter on it. I guess I'll just have to continue being paranoid about the lens cap.

Registered: December, 2006
Location: So California
Posts: 16,117

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 24, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $320.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It's really wide. It's fisheye.
Cons: None
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

I wrote the first review, before the lens review section was created. It has some sample images in it.

At 10mm, watch where you put your feet. I noticed a couple shots with my left elbow in it, too :-)

Some PF, but that does not bother me.
Veteran Member

Registered: September, 2006
Location: Australia/Geelong, Vic
Posts: 421
Lens Review Date: January 8, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great Image quality and very close focus.
Cons: A little PF. Easy to blow highlights.

An excellent quality fun lens. Field of view is fantastic. Extremely close focus.
A very nice weight and feels very solid. The focus ring is smooth and AF is quick also.
When shooting on sunny days or a situation where there is a lot of light, I just have to watch is metering.
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