The SMC Pentax FishEye DA 10-17 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 ED (IF) is a unique zoom lens with 180 degree maximum angle of view (10 mm focal length ) and a large depth of field with the Pentax KAF bayonet mount.
Imagery capture is realized with perspective broadening, which provides a beautiful artistic subject deformation. The image is sharp across the frame.
Besides, with its new design the lens is far smaller, lighter, and cheaper to produce than its 35 mm counterparts with similar characteristics. The focal length is equivalent to15-26 mm in 35mm film format.
The manufacturer has equipped the lens with the SP (Super Protect) protective coating to provide a reliable protection against moisture and oil stains.
The optical scheme includes extra-low dispersion ED glass elements for excellent sharpness and color correction.
The Quick Shift Focus System allows instant switching between autofocus (AF) and manual focus (MF) modes.
Certainly, this is not an everyday lens, but its zoom capabilities and fisheye effect provide a photographer with a vast field of action.
ThePentax Fish Eye DA 10-17 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 ED (IF) SMC pros:
Good price-quality relationship;
Excellent creative possibilities;
Good color rendering;
ThePentax Fish Eye DA 10-17 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 ED (IF) SMC cons:
Violet halation in some situations;
Recurrent chromatic aberrations;
Convex lens preventing the use of filters.
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Posted by: AFranch Date of publication: 03.02.2011