Fisheye lense


Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 00:32

I have a K1000 and want to buy a fisheye lense but on a budget.

Can anybody suggest options? I have read I can buy an adapter to get a lense which isnt K mount.



Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 07:52
The lowest cost option will be a front lens fisheye converter. This screws into the filter thread. Cheap and cheerful, but it works.

A Pentax Adapter K will allow the use of screw thread lenses on the bayonet bodies, so that's another option.

Finally, eBay, camera fairs and second hand stock in shops will perhaps yield used fisheye lenses. It's a question of searching.

There are no current full frame fisheye lenses in the Pentax range, although there is one for the APS-C DSLRs (10-17mm) and one for the tiny Q (3.2mm), should you decide on a digital route at any time.
Best regards, John



Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 08:57
The 8mm Samyang/Rokinon/Bower/Vivitar/Wallimex lenses are available in Pentax K mount for around 230-270 depending which brand you buy and where from (they're badged engineered versions of the same lens). Will give an almost circular fisheye effect on a full frame camera, and manual focus/manual aperture so fine for the K1000. SRS sell them. It's not cheap...but it's cheap for a brand new decent quality lens.

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Link Posted 07/02/2014 - 00:12
If it's just for fun, John's suggestion for a fisheye converter is probably all you want.

Of interest to anoraks like myself, there were two manual focus Pentax lenses that might be available used although not so easy to come by: The SMC PENTAX FISH-EYE 1:4/17 was in production from 1975 -85, ideal for the K1000. Even more scarce is the smc PENTAX-A FISH-EYE 1:2.8 16mm 1985-2004 (auto aperture).

There was also an autofocus zoom, the smc PENTAX-F FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 17-28mm manufactured from 1995-2004, although not designed for a manual camera, it will work as manual.

If any of these interest you, there is user feedback here K17, here A16 and here F17-28.

Hope you find what you are looking for.


Link Posted 07/02/2014 - 19:29
You could try a Zenitar 16mm Fisheye, very reasonable cost new and great on film bodies.




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Link Posted 07/02/2014 - 19:49
Wow. Great pics. Thanks everybody for your suggestions. I am keeping my eyes peeled. More suggestions on this subject always welcomed.


Link Posted 07/02/2014 - 20:13
I have used the Fisheye converter as JohnR suggested,its not bad. There is a Samyang 8mm Fisheye on Ebay at the moment for 185 if you are interested


Link Posted 07/02/2014 - 22:43
A couple of the shots in my PU portfolio are using the cheap fisheye converters which can be had for ~25.

Not up to the quality of a proper Fisheye but possibly enough for your purposes.
Pentax:K5ii, K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, Sony & micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

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