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Pentax M42 4/17mm Fish-Eye on flea-bay


Link Posted 20/05/2009 - 21:48
Any one know anything about these?

looks interesting, apart from the cost.
Ah li' int' east ridin o' Yorksha.It's bloomin girt
Last Edited by scottie on 20/05/2009 - 21:48


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 10:17
Remember it is only a fisheye on a film body
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -
Last Edited by gartmore on 21/05/2009 - 10:18


Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 12:49
I have the Pentax (Samsung badged) 10-17 and would struggle to find any benefit of buying the lens you are looking at second hand. It might be different if you could have a look at it and get some shots.

This lens is only f/4.0 rather than 4.5 (at 17mm) for the Samsung/Pentax. Personally I think lenses this wide are not something you use every day anyway.

You can pick up the Samsung for around £270 (or for about £350 for the Pentax badged).
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Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 13:02
I declined one of these for £200 at a camera fair, even though it looked like new, which is always very tempting.

It's gorgeous, but probably not of much pratical use.
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Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 14:07
I have the K-mount version of this lens. Lovely bit of engineering with the dial-in filters.

However as has been pointed out it is not much of a fisheye on the crop sensor, and because you cant use a hood it tends to produce flat images when the sun is out.

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Link Posted 21/05/2009 - 20:55
Seems a bit pricey scottie


Link Posted 25/05/2009 - 15:14
I use my 17 mm fish eye on a full frame Kodak SLR/c with a Canon EOS mount and an M42 adaptor. It works well, but I agree it is little use on a Pentax digital camera. It is about the only thing I use full frame for.

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