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8.5 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 7
7.0

User Review

pesao, pentaxforums.com
31 October 2013
  • Excerpt: ... but, for me, it's JUST because it's a TROPICALIZED and TOP LEVELE BUILT one. IN that terms, if you need it and want to pay for it, it's ok, it's a star.
  • Pros: Built, tropicalized, colors, 2.8, some optical "sweet spots".
  • Cons: expensive, inconstant optical quality, SDM issue risk
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

top-quark, pentaxforums.com
21 October 2012
  • Excerpt: I know that there are reliability issues with the lens, so I bought it new for £639 (some £200 less than the current RRP).
  • Pros: Build quality
  • Cons: Size, weight, handling
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

yasik, pentaxforums.com
19 September 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens in the May of 2012, it was used. And I bought it for my brother, who is also Pentaxian. Because he has Me as his elder Bro. Before making this purchase I already had FA 16-45 and Kit lens and some others, so I had an alternative and also tried and was looking after other Third party lenses, and actually was thinking about Sigma as a better choice.
  • Pros: sharp, quality is greate in my case, bokeh
  • Cons: heavy aberations
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Overall 8
8.0

Great lens, but costly.

5hutterbugj, Ebay
19 May 2012
  • Summary: I needed a weather-resistant wide-angle for my K-5, and certainly got it. It features a fast, quiet autofocus, and takes sharp, well-coloured images. On the downside, it's pretty heavy, and a little hard on the pocketbook. I bought it because I needed the weather sealing, but if that's not an issue to you, a third-party lens might serve you just as well, for a fraction of the coin.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Mareket, pentaxforums.com
10 May 2012
  • Excerpt: First of all, the only two negatives I can think of WRT this lens are two pretty prominent negatives. Then again, one can be easily fixed in post, and the other is very easy to avoid.
  • Pros: Build, ergonomics, weather sealing, sharpness, rendering
  • Cons: massive CA, very flare prone
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

lightbulb, pentaxforums.com
16 March 2012
  • Excerpt: The good news is that with the new k5iis there is an improve in focus speed. It is now comparable to 18-135 testing them one after another. Ca @ f2.8 has also reduced using the new body. Overall sharpness increased as well.
  • Pros: WR, tough as nail, micro contrast, beautiful bokeh, rich colour
  • Cons: Heavy and large compared to Sony 16-50 SSM
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Matthew, pentaxforums.com
12 March 2012
  • Excerpt: I had a copy of this lens for work. The first thing you notice about it is that it is big and solid with a lot of inertia. It seems to weigh more than the camera body, possibly because much of the weight is towards the front of the lens.
  • Pros: Good colour reproduction
  • Cons: Heavy, expensive and inconsistent sharpness
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Gareth.Ig, pentaxforums.com
11 March 2012
  • Excerpt: I believe my copy back-focuses 1/2 to 1 inch, so I can't provide strong comments on its performance below f5.6. It strikes me as soft at 2.8, even accounting for back focus. At f4.0 its good and at f5.6 fantastic. My suspicion is that its excellent down to f4.0 and good at f2.8, but I haven't gone through the trouble yet to adjust the K-x.
  • Pros: Construction, WR, Silent focus
  • Cons: Zoom sticks
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

disya2, pentaxforums.com
11 February 2012
  • Excerpt: I want to tell my story. It has the happy end but sad beginning. At the moment I mounted this lens I thought "wow!". That "wow" was more about its appearance, build quality, big front element compared to the crappy 18-55 DA L (it was given me for free while I was awaiting for the 16-50 arrival). First sessions, however, faded the impression quite a bit. Sharpness was.. average when stopped down to f8-f11 and very poor wide-open.
  • Pros: colors, image quality
  • Cons: poor performer on 16-18mm f2.8-4.0
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Lance B, pentaxforums.com
21 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Very sharp for a zoom, contrasty, great colour rendition and bokeh is good most of the time depending on subject matter. It seems that bokeh suffers a little with highlights, but overall it is very good for a zoom.
  • Pros: Sharp, great build quality, weather sealed.
  • Cons: CA. Distortion at wide angle settings only.
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