Pentax SMCP-DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5(IF) Auto Focus Fisheye Zoom Lens

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About Pentax 10-17mm

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Mounted on the PENTAX Digital SLRs, the DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm lens will capture fish-eye imagery with a 180 degree angle of view and a focal length of 10mm as well as super wide-angle performance. Capture images with an expanded perspective including creative deformation of subjects and sharp pan focus that extends throughout the entire frame.

The image circle in DA-series lenses is designed to perfectly match the 23.5mm x 15.7mm size of the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs to optimize camera performance. The new design also contributes to a drastic reduction in size, weight and production cost, comparedto 35mm-format counterparts with similar specifications.

The Pentax 10-17mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Night photography, Special effects and more.The Pentax 10-17mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Pentax 10-17mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax 10-17mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (8),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Strong construction (7),Easily interchangeable (6),Lightweight (6),Durable (5),Rugged (4),Easy to clean (3)
Best Uses:
Special effects (8),Landscape/scenery (6),Night photography (6),Professional work (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6),Photo enthusiast (4),Semi-professional (3)

Pentax 10-17mm Features

  • Metal PENTAX KAF Lens Mount
  • Equivalent focal length to 15mm-26mm in the 35mm format with *ist DSLRs
  • New water and oil repellant SP (Super Protective) lens coating for easy cleaning
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for superior sharpness and color correction
  • Responsive "Quick-Shift Focus System" allows instant shift from AF to MF
  • The image circle is designed to match the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs

Pentax 10-17mm Specifications

Construction
10 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view
180 - 100o
F stop range
f22 - f32
Closest Focusing Distance
0.46 ft
Maximum Magnification
0.23X - 0.39X
Filter Size
n/a
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.4" x 3.3" (87.5mm x 83.5mm)
Weight
(Without Hood) 15.2 oz. (430g)
Notes
Diaphragm: Fully Automatic
Metering System: TTL open-aperture metering
6 Aperature Blades

Pentax 10-17mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

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    (0)

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    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sold it once, never again!

I had this lens last year and sold it, at the time it felt TOO wide. Well, I then purchased a sigma 10-20mm, and as nice as that was as well, i couldn't get around the rectilinear distortion. I absolutely love the fisheye, it has great color and contrast, at 17mm there is barely any fisheye effect, and when you go wide the 10mm is amazing. if you put the horizon and any vertical lines through the center it greatly minimizes the fisheye distortion. Overall a wonderful lens for adding some dram...

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I had this lens last year and sold it, at the time it felt TOO wide. Well, I then purchased a sigma 10-20mm, and as nice as that was as well, i couldn't get around the rectilinear distortion. I absolutely love the fisheye, it has great color and contrast, at 17mm there is barely any fisheye effect, and when you go wide the 10mm is amazing. if you put the horizon and any vertical lines through the center it greatly minimizes the fisheye distortion. Overall a wonderful lens for adding some dramatic photos to your collection.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Specialty Lens

Although this lens can be used as a wide-angle lens at the longer photo lengths, it is really for creating artistic effects as a fisheye lens. It can do things only a fish-eye lens can do, such as take a picture of an entire room from just a few feet away. Objects in the middle of the frame will look normal but the top, bottom and edges will curve, creating interesting effects. I did have some significant purple fringing in pictures of tree limbs but was able to remove some of it in photosho...

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Although this lens can be used as a wide-angle lens at the longer photo lengths, it is really for creating artistic effects as a fisheye lens. It can do things only a fish-eye lens can do, such as take a picture of an entire room from just a few feet away. Objects in the middle of the frame will look normal but the top, bottom and edges will curve, creating interesting effects. I did have some significant purple fringing in pictures of tree limbs but was able to remove some of it in photoshop (but not completely). It is a fun lens and on a recent trip there were several instances where I pulled out the lens for the wide angle of view or a special effect of the fish eye. The lens is lightweight, compact and seems solid.

Reviewed by 15 customers

 
5.0

Loving this lens!

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Initially, from pictures I had seen in magazines I thought this was a cheap plastic lens. To my surprise it is very well built / a solid feeling (aluminum?) body, a very hi quality rubber coating around the zoom dial. I simply love the lens cap, which is also a hi quality metal which slips on and off with just the right resistance. And using this lens is just a blast!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Always in my bag

By

from Wellington New Zealand  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice compact wide angle to fisheye lens. Great for candid shots in tight crowded situations, parties, street photography etc. Also enables one to be creative in landscape photos. Interesting night photography effects.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice Specialty Lens

By

from Gloucester, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Although this lens can be used as a wide-angle lens at the longer photo lengths, it is really for creating artistic effects as a fisheye lens. It can do things only a fish-eye lens can do, such as take a picture of an entire room from just a few feet away. Objects in the middle of the frame will look normal but the top, bottom and edges will curve, creating interesting effects. I did have some significant purple fringing in pictures of tree limbs but was able to remove some of it in photoshop (but not completely). It is a fun lens and on a recent trip there were several instances where I pulled out the lens for the wide angle of view or a special effect of the fish eye. The lens is lightweight, compact and seems solid.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, fun lens!

By

from Savannah GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I orginally wanted a wide angle and rented this lens since the wide angle was unavailable. The lens is a great fun lens and you can do a lot of creative shots. Great for night photography if you have a subject that has a lot of curvature. I am glad I chose this lens over the wide angle since it is able to be less of a fish eye on the 17mm lens.

 
5.0

Well Built~Great Lens

By

from London Mills,IL.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've used this lens for closeups and some landscapes and does such a great job. This is the first time I have tried this type of lens and I love it!

 
5.0

Fun lens

By

from Saudi Arabia  -  Photo Enthusiast

Truly fish eye lens. Beware of your feet as it cover 180*. It's fun to play & give different perspectives. Never leave my bag.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sold it once, never again!

By

from savage, mn  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I had this lens last year and sold it, at the time it felt TOO wide. Well, I then purchased a sigma 10-20mm, and as nice as that was as well, i couldn't get around the rectilinear distortion. I absolutely love the fisheye, it has great color and contrast, at 17mm there is barely any fisheye effect, and when you go wide the 10mm is amazing. if you put the horizon and any vertical lines through the center it greatly minimizes the fisheye distortion. Overall a wonderful lens for adding some dramatic photos to your collection.

 
4.0

Here fishy fishy

By

from Colorado Springs, CO  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Great lens still getting used to it but in all good lens

 
4.0

Great distortion to spark creativity

By

from North Adams, MA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great lens, especially for getting creative shots of often-photographed things, or if a great change of pace to "normal" lenses. I listed the Distortion as a con simply to warn people looking for a "normal" superwide that this isn't it. You'll get lots of distortion, but that's the point of a fisheye. It's awesome getting a full 180 degree view. Lots of CA with this lens, but nothing that can't be corrected in post processing. The thing has the most solid build of all the lenses I currently have. I love it, it hasn't left the camera since I got it nearly a month ago.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good for what it is

By

from socal  -  Semi-Professional

It is what it is...a fisheye. The zoom range does give you some flexibility, and images do look good. But oddly I found that when I worked with the distorted images they made me feel seasick. I'm sure this is not a widespread phenomenon, but there ya go. This isn't an indictment of this lens, but for me, fisheye distortion is not something that I can deal with on a regular basis. Also, the "look" seem dated to me. Very 80's. I suppose that'll come back in fashion but it isn't for me. Even at 17mm there is noticeable distortion. So again, if you're into it, you'll love the lens. It is well build and is pretty crisp across the board. Just isn't my cup of tea.

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Joel V  Does this lense do wide angle without fisheye effect?
MARTIN P  No. It is as per the description: an Auto Focus Fisheye Zoom Lens. So it will have distortion. A lot at 10mm and less, but noticeable, at 17mm.
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