Pentax has unveiled a 10-17mm fisheye lens exclusively designed to be used on its digital SLRs.

Priced £399.99 and due in shops from next week the Pentax-DA Fisheye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5ED [IF] is designed to deliver a 180° angle of view at a focal length of 10mm when mounted on a Pentax *istD-series digital SLRs.

A Pentax UK spokesman added: ?Furthermore, the lens offers super wide-angle performance that allows photographers to make use of dramatic changes in angle of view resulting from slight changes in focal length.?

The 10-element-in 8-group debutante boasts a minimum focusing distance of around 2.5cm, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and a newly developed Super Protective (SP) coating designed to resist oil and water – for ?easier for cleaning should it be accidentally smeared with fingerprints or cosmetics?, according to the company.

Pentax claims that the newcomer is more compact and lighter than 35mm format SLR interchangeable lenses ?with equivalent specifications?.

For details call Pentax on 01753 792792.