Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
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Value for money 7
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Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM - Review / Test Report
1 December 2008
Conclusion: It is difficult to find a final verdict for the Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM. On the one hand it has some obvious problems like a weak border performance at max. aperture and very pronounced lateral chromatic aberrations (CAs). On the other hand it is really very sharp and contrasty at medium aperture settings (f/5.6-8) and many users may actually forgive the border problems at f/2.8 because you either stop down for conventional photography or rely on the...