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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax-Q 03 Fish-Eye 3.2mm F5.6
This is an amazing little lens which makes a great enhancement to the Q system. Once you're set up with a Q, the 03 gives you the opportunity to sample fish-eye photography very cheaply, without having to make the more substantial investment that would be needed on the K-mount. What's more, this lens can do things that the K-mount fisheyes cannot do. A Q with the 03 is so small that it will fit in confined spaces where an APS-C camera and fisheye won't go. Best of all, the 03 will focus all the way down to 9cm, much closer than APS-C rivals like the DA 10-17 or the Sigma 10/2.8 EX DC HSM, which can't get closer than 14cm. In contrast to the experience of some other reviewers, I have found this lens to be capable of producing surprisingly sharp images, under good lighting conditions, once you use the focus peaking option to get it properly in focus. On "fractal" type landscape scenes, the JPEGs from this lens on the Q can be over 5MB in size, more than what the 01 prime typically delivers. The flare resistance of the lens is not up to the usual Pentax standard. It can produce multiple blotches when subject to strong light from the side. A minor niggle is the tendency of the plastic lens cap to become charged and attract dust.



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