Pentax 10-17mm Fisheye Zoom


johnriley

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 13:50
This is my latest acquisition, and although previously I've used one and found it not my cup of tea, having used the Q Fisheye I'm feeling more well disposed towards it, so I do have some uses for it now. The moral of that is never sell lenses unless you really need to, you just might come back to them and regret the loss taken.

The lens itself is very heavy for its size, beautifully made and comes with a high class metal lens hood similar to those in the Limited range. Also included is a lens pouch.

So far so good, I'll be around Manchester Tuesday morning to have a play with it, and I'm looking forward to taking a new view on its capabilities.

The recent lens review by Gary didn't give the lens much credit for resolution at the edges, but to get the chart in it must have been inches away from the test target. That is not the best way to measure anything, it just isn't designed for that. So it will be interesting to see what the performance is like at normal shooting distances, with 3D subjects as opposed to a flat one.
Best regards, John

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 14:04
Welcome to the fisheye club John.
If you are still around Manchester at Tuesday Lunch, fancy a meet up with said fisheyes?
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johnriley

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 14:19
I would be happy to, but it will need to be a different day. On my fortnightly Tuesday visits there's not much time because I'm principally there to let my 88-year-old aunt do her food shopping at M&S. So by lunch we'll be long gone I'm afraid.

Perhaps next time we do an ADAPS Manchester Walk around the Northern Quarter you might like to tag along for a while? You can come and go as it suits you, staying for the whole walk or dropping out whenever you wish. If that appeals, I'll let you know the date as soon as it's fixed.
Best regards, John

matwhittington

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 15:02
I hope you enjoy the fisheye John, I really love mine. It produces some great images (in my view) and is a pretty versatile lens, notwithstanding the (correct) observations about purple fringing etc. In general, with a little PP, I find I can deal with that to my satisfaction. In fact the biggest challenge I think is exposure: capturing such a wide view inevitably means having some really bright and dark areas, so blown highlights need to watched out for.

Here's a couple as food for thought (perhaps?) the first is from the St Swithun shrine in Winchester cathedral last year (you'll probably either love or hate the PP), and the second (completely different) is of some blooms in the park. As I recall for the second I was almost touching the flowers in the foreground with the big front element of the lens…







Look forward to seeing some pics!

Cheers
Mat W

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johnriley

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 15:16
Absolutely splendid pictures Mat, really like them. You have set the bar very high!
Best regards, John

Prieni

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 15:56
It really is a fun lens. But you also can use it for landscapes...






It's also nice for cityscapes, either pure



I should get more use of it...

or with over the top post processing


How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. - Arthur C. Clarke
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johnriley

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 15:58
More excellent images!
Best regards, John

tyronet2000

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 17:17
Now I want one Please don't post any more images
Regards
Stan

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Offertonhatter

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 17:40
tyronet2000 wrote:
Now I want one Please don't post any more images

You mean like these?





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johnriley

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 17:42
Ah, all my favourite spots already taken, there's a challenge if ever there was one!
Best regards, John

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 17:45
LOL. Sorry John
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tyronet2000

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 18:41
Quote:
You mean like these?

Yes, you naughty Pentax man! But I will be strong.
Regards
Stan

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Marselus

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 19:56
tyronet2000 wrote:
Quote:
You mean like these?

Yes, you naughty Pentax man! But I will be strong.

But i am not that strong.....No more please.....

Stuey

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 21:02
I had a play with one owned by Bill (still27)

It does appear to see behind itself - bizarre but fun
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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tyronet2000

Link Posted 29/03/2014 - 21:20
I'd like to take one to a wedding, just to try out you understand
Regards
Stan

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