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

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

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

Optical design

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

Format: APS-C (crop)

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Pentax K

Optical design: 10 elements in 8 groups. Multi-coated lenses, low-dispersion elements. Protective covering the front of the lens Super Protect

Features: Fisheye lens
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Average price: $787


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
10mm - 17mmf/3.5 - f/4.5f/3260.14 320/11,375/3

Additional information:


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;
  • High-quality build.

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

Mechanical quality4.502
Optical quality4.502
Pricing / Value3.002
Overall lens rating

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