Latest Price: MYR 1635
Mount: Pentax K-mount
Tagged: Wide Angle, Fisheye, Landscape, Travel
- Fish-eye zoom
- 180 degree angle of view, landscape, industrial, artistic
This lightweight, rugged Fish-eye zoom lens with 180 degree maximum angle of view is perfect for the widest panoramic scenes, as well as for the artistic lines and curves that only a Fish-eye can deliver.
The DA 10-17mm fish-eye lens will capture wide angle imagery with a 180 degree maximum angle of view with a fish-eye perspective. This super wide-angle performer is the ideal choice for panorama photographers and creative shooters who want to breathe a bit more artistic flair into their compositions.
- The PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating repels dust, water and grease to keep your lens clean and your image quality at its peak.
- The PENTAX-original Quick-Shift Focus System allows instant switching from autofocus to manual focus operation.
- Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass offers superior sharpness with minimal chromatic aberration.
- The focal length is equivalent to 15mm-26mm in the 35mm format.
- Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras.
Fisheye lenses are never really perfect performers. However, these are special effect lenses where sheer quality is more a secondary aspect anyway. The Pentax SMC DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED[IF] Fisheye is certainly sharp enough for its purpose and the high degree of barrel distortion is naturally a feature to enjoy and not a bug. However, the Pentax lens clearly has some downsides. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is very harsh – see e.g. the “horse” sample image above. A real problem of the lens are lateral chromatic aberrations (color shadows) and, more so, purple fringing (color blooming). Lateral CAs can be reduced but this is barely possible with PF. Normally I’d say that the degree of PF is a show-stopper but a fisheye isn’t a normal lens anyway. Compared to similar products such as the Nikkor AF 10.5mm f/2.8 DX or Olympus Digital Zuiko 8mm f/3.5 the price of the Pentax lens is very attractive at around 550€/US$. However, if you’re split between a fisheye and a corrected ultra-wide lens you should probably still prefer the latter – fisheye lenses are really specialty items. That all said, it is lots of fun to go out there and play with the Pentax SMC DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED[IF] Fisheye