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Old Jan 23, 2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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Well I bought my own Christmas present this year - the Pentax SMC 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) - DA Fisheye to use on my K100D. My wife and I were down to the University of Arizona Ag Extension Facility for a guinea pig show, so I walked around while she was russeling up the critters.

Actually, I found that you can get - or actually have to get - incrediably close to the subject, especially at 10mm. I was very surprised that at 17mm the lens is quite rectlinear - much more than what you would expect.

I thought - right after I ordered, that I might be sorry for going after such a specialized lens, but I am finding I can do things with it, that I had never considered.

I just resized to 800x600 and then saved with IrfanView

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 10:54 PM   #3
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I am taking the shot from in between the two hay bales in front of the tractor - you have to remmber that the lens takes everything in at 10mm its field of view is 180 degrees across and to almost as wide top to bottom...
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This picture is really deceptive. You would think that I am about 40 feet away to get the shot. Actually I am about 2 to 3 feet away from the front left corner of the combine on the left. Really very close.
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I found that one has to watch where one puts their feet when using this lens.....


... and all of you thought the Earth was flat!
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... actually there is fluffy white stuff in Arizona.


however, yesterday it did snow here, but melted right away.
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 1:51 PM   #7
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I really love the curves that a fish-eye gives.

As you say, it is still a specialised lens, and one I have lusted after since I first started taking photos. Still can't justify the price... yet!

Great shots, and LBA is nipping at the edges again. Got to keep control.



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Old Jan 24, 2007, 2:00 PM   #8
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Interesting set of pictures - it's interesting to see how you could use this lens for some interesting artistic pictures.

Do you have any de-fishing software? I know that CS2 has a filter that is supposed to correct barreling, but I don't have a lens yet where I could use it. And yes, I'm another person who's been thinking about this lens - want to give me the winning lottery numbers so I could afford it? :-)
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 2:29 PM   #9
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I lusted after this lense too until I found the Zenitar 16mm fisheye.

I figured I could get my 'fish eye fix' with theZenitarand not spend a ton of $$.

No it's not a zoom... but it takes great pics.

But if money wasn't a concern... I'd get the 10-17 in a heart beat.


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Nice work.

Really like that watch your feet shot.

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