As the saying goes; go big, or go home. And, with the release of the brand’s new HD FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED optic, Pentax K-mount shooters will now be able to capture very big fields of view indeed. The new lens builds on the success of Pentax’s original smc fish-eye, but there are some interesting changes with the upgraded version.
Featuring a completely new exterior design, the HD version of the lens also features a removable lens hood, which enables photographers to achieve nearly circular fish-eye images and when used with crop-sensor cameras like the Pentax KP, or with full-frame DSLRs like the K-1 Mark II in its APS-C format, mode, the lens delivers an 180-degree field of view.
This extreme field of view can open new creative doors to capture images that simply weren’t possible with standard wide angle lenses and the HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED also benefits from Pentax’s SP (Super Protect) coating to repel water, grease and dirt. The elements also feature the brand’s latest multi-layer coating and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass.
When it comes to autofocus, the HD FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED uses a Quick-Shift Focus System. Pentax explains this provides ‘instant shift to manual-focus operation after locking the subject in focus during AF operation by pressing the shutter-release button halfway down’ and that this is usable at any time during AF operation.
The new fish-eye lens also features a variable maximum aperture of f/3.5 at the widest end of the zoom, moving up to f/2.5 at the longest end. Plus, the HD FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED boasts a closest focusing distance of just 14cm.
Weighing in at just 323g (with hood fitted), the new fish-eye lens is a lightweight option and features a 10 elements in 8 groups design. Available from the end of July, the HD FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED is priced at £499/$499.