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Pentax DA* 16-50mm f2.8 ED AL IF SDM

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by colindavis, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. colindavis

    colindavis Well-Known Member

    Hi all

    Anyone using this lens? I am considering buying it but would value any views particularly re image quality. I'll be using it with my K10D.


    Colin :)
  2. dreddnought

    dreddnought Member

    Cant believe nobody has answered your question here.
    I have the 16-50 and am very happy with it, there are a few rumours of a few problems, experienced by a few. If of course you get a 'bad ' one it is fully guaranteed.
    You could of course search out a specialist Pentax forum and ask advice there.
  3. Dave_Cox

    Dave_Cox Well-Known Member

    There are probably no other replies because nobody else here uses that particular lens?

    Personally the 'standard' fits on my K10 and K20 are the Sigma 18-50 or Tamron 18-200 zooms - both excellent lenses. Both are also cheaper than the Pentax 16-50.

    Neither has the f2.8 maximum aperture, but I don't miss that.
  4. colindavis

    colindavis Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much for your response. I am looking for a step up from the kit lenses that came with the K10 but was looking for the wider f2.8 as well. It's really difficult up here in Scotlandshire as no one seems to stock very much Pentax gear so trying lenses out is impossible. If anyone can suggest another alternative to the 16-50 I'll see if I can get a hold of it and try it out but I was hopeful for the 16-50. :)
  5. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    The Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 is worthy of consideration. I use this lens for a great deal of my general photography. The f/2.8 is only available at 17 and changes as soon as you move the zoom, but it is a capable lens at a reasonable cost. There are several examples of images taken with it on my Flickr site.
  6. colindavis

    colindavis Well-Known Member

    Thanks monobod. The split tone of Norwich cathedral is really striking. I'll see if I can find someone who stocks the sigma with a pentax mount.

    Colin :)
  7. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Colin,

    I flog these beasties, albeit in Vancouver, and I have found that my customers find the (DA 16-50/2.8) is a "love it or hate it" lens with very little grey area :eek: I would suggest as a possible alternative the Tamron 17-50/2.8 which has had very good success and retails for around $470, albeit in CDN dollars. I have flogged a few of these puppies and have had no negative feedback :)

    Cheers and Happy shooting (regardless of what lens you go with),

  8. colindavis

    colindavis Well-Known Member

    Thanks a lot Jack. Much appreciated.

    Colin :)
  9. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Thanks, I'm hoping to do well with this at the club. :)

    Do be aware that it has been straightened for the verticals and quite a lot of other work as well, the original was not like this. The shot of the French version of Blackpool Tower was letterboxed, but otherwise is 'normal'.
  10. colindavis

    colindavis Well-Known Member

    good luck with that!!!


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