Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye

Last updated (12 August’10):
– Review by Popphoto

The Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye features 10-17mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. The lens construction has 10 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 180 degrees with Closest focusing distance at 5.52 inches. The Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye lens weighs 11.3 oz. (320g) and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.8 inches long.

Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye Reviews

Popphoto reviews the Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye and writes;
“At its uniform close-focusing distance of 5.25 inches, maximum magnification ratios ranged from 1:4.6 at 10mm to an impressive 1:2.6 at 17mm. Due to the unusual nature of this lens, we were unable to perform optical bench or wall-target tests, including the SQF and DxO Analyzer distortion and vignetting tests. You can expect a fair amount of both — it’s a fisheye, after all.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye and writes;
“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..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye User Reviews

Impressive, but watch out for that front element | Rating: ★★★★★
“Now that I have gone to the Pentax K100D camera, I was pleasantly surprised to see this 10-17mm lens was available. I was even happier because unlike the Canon lens, the Pentax is a zoom, so that not every shot has to be the distorted wide angle that you think of when you hear “fisheye”. The lens goes out to the equivalent of about 26mm on a 35mm format, which is a very useful focal length as well.” – by K. Gittins

Digital Fisheye for Pentax | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Every bit as advertised. A most unusual lense. It takes a while getting use to the lack of an apature ring but the lense is everybit worth it. If you are in a small room and need to take in the whole room this is the lense for you. The Lense is as sharp as all of the other pentax lenses that I have and the depth of field is tremendous. “ – by G. Chinn

Fun Lens to Have | Rating: ★★★★★
“The flexibility cannot be beat! Image quality is excellent (color rendition and sharpness). It can produce some interesting perpectives once you learn how to exploit its characteristics. “ – by Jehan Ghouse

Impressive | Rating: ★★★★★
“I purchased this to play with both the wide angle capabilities and the fish-eye views this creates with my K10D. The pictures thus far (roughly 100-120) have shown excellent quality. The types of pictures I’ve been able to take by purchasing this have impressed me!..” – by B. Ober

Rediscover the fun in photography with unique lenses | Rating: ★★★★★
“While most lens reviews focus and look down on lenses for distortion, sometimes it’s just the thing to make unique photos. Take a fisheye to a family or sports event or on any trip and capture some great photos. Throw in some action and you can have a load of fun in the process!..” – by Nirudha Perera

All it’s Cracked up to be!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am extremely pleased with this lens. I am just an amature, but of the three lenses that I have for my K20D this is my favorite. I have the 18-55mm kit lens, a 70-300mm and this lens. The zoom function is very useful and requires a lot less lens changes..” – by R. Bishop

fish-eye Pentax 10-17mm | Rating: ★★★★★
“..I’ve found nothing wrong with this lens and it’s fun to see people’s reactions to the shots. After some Photoshop lens correction the shots are can also be acceptably distortion free. Once again Pentax provides the value for the money.” – by Richard Albeck

Super Wide – Super WOW! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Even though I’ve only had this lens less than a week I am impressed with it. I have gotten some shots where the blues and greens are so saturated it looked like a polarizer was used, and one wasn’t. Simply beautiful. There are no threads on the lens hood for filters. I have tried holding a square sunset filter in front of the lens with good results. The Auto focus is fast & smooth and quiet.” – by Moose

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Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye Specifications

Capture fisheye imagery with a 180-degree angle of view with the Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye lens. Designed for the Pentax *ist series of digital SLR cameras, the lens creates images with an expanded perspective, including images with a creatively deformed outlook and a sharp pan focus that extends throughout the entire frame. The image circle in DA series lenses, meanwhile, is designed to perfectly match the 23.5 x 15.7mm size of the CCD used in Pentax digital SLRs to optimize camera performance. Plus, the new design contributes to a drastic reduction in size, weight, and production cost compared to 35mm counterparts with similar specifications.

Additional features include a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15-26mm; new water- and oil-repellant super-protective (SP) lens coatings for easy cleaning; extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass for superior sharpness and color correction; and a responsive Quick Shift Focus System for switching instantly from autofocus (AF) to manual focus (MF).

* Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
* Angle of view: 180 to 100 degrees
* Diaphragm: Fully automatic
* Blades: 6
* Minimum aperture: f/22-32
* Metering: TTL open-aperture meeting
* Minimum focusing distance: 0.46 feet
* Maximum magnification: 0.23x to 0.39x
* Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter
* Weight: 11.3 ounces

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