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Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
8.2 out of 10

Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

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Overall 6
6.0

Works For Me

Marie Glynn, B&H Photo
21 March 2015
  • Excerpt: I use this primarily for landscapes. I love the IQ. I bought it used from B&H about 10 months ago. As noted in many reviews, the autofocus quit soon enough, after about three months.
  • Pros: Consistent Output
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Overall 6
6.0

NICE LENS BUT

DOZER, B&H Photo
2 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Nice and sharp if can get it to focus, i need to send it in again.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
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Overall 6
6.0

GREAT LENS until the auto focus quits

BDS Photography, B&H Photo
7 March 2014
  • Excerpt: Had this in the shop once and now the autofocus is acting up AGAIN. Not sure if I could recomend this. If you get a good one then you will love it. If the AF dies it's expensive to get fixed.
  • Cons: Autofocus Failed
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Overall 6
6.0

My 3rd copy with QC problems

Ferd, B&H Photo
26 December 2013
  • Excerpt: In all 3 copies, the front of the lens wobbles in varying degrees. The build quality is not comparable to Canon L lenses (the cost is). Auto-focus lock is horribly slow. On a positive note, the lens has a nice soft focus at 2.8 and sharp at 4.0.
  • Pros: Pleasing Colors
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Okay, certainly not great

P. Stensrud, Amazon
8 September 2013
  • Summary: Purchad used from KEH. My copy appears flawless. Pros: fast lens, useful wide angle zoom range which is limited enough to keep weight down. IQ for the in-focus portion of the photos is excellent, silent and fast SDM focusing. Cons: a bit large as expected for a constant f/2.8 zoom, bokeh is awful.
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Overall 6
6.0

Inconsistency result

DF, B&H Photo
9 December 2012
  • Excerpt: The build quality is exceptional, while optical is a mixture. In general the center sharpness is great but the borders do suffer at wide angle. My copy has some problems in auto-focus so I just decided to return it. If you could find a perfect copy then it will delivery satisfactory result.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Quality control issue

Jeffrey A. Hamlin "jefxan", Amazon
15 March 2012
  • Summary: I have mixed feelings about this lens, I love the look fit and finish but am having problems with front and rear focus. I have a focus test chart and depending on my focal length, I could have front focus problems on the left side while rear on the right all at the same time.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good lens to SHOW OFF~

OXwing, B&H Photo
13 January 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens for my friend's wedding in Honolulu. I bought it new from BH. The first issue: it stuck at 16-20mm, can't zoom in after one month I bought it. I fix it by hitting it; Second: Purple Fringing is horrible from F2.8-5.6. especially shotting at night.
  • Cons: Weak Casing
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Overall 6
6.0

False claim of being "Completely Spray Proof"

A. AlBukhari, Amazon
19 December 2011
  • Summary: Had this glass for three years took many great pix with it, but during my last trip to Niagara Falls on board Maid Of The Mist, I opted not to enclose the lens in a nylon wrap believing the lens is spray proof "not Splash Proof like the WR" after disembarking I flipped the K20D to take a look at the...
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Overall 6
6.0

Not as good as competition

Spoorthy, B&H Photo
21 November 2011
  • Excerpt: For the price this lens is really not up to par compared to lens like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. Both are much sharper, faster focusing, and have better bokeh. Plus they are only $400 and $550.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
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