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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 8
8.0

User Review

gosman, pentaxforums.com
3 September 2014
  • Excerpt: Rented this lens for the last two weeks on the wonderful Big Island of Hawaii. Really enjoyed it and now debating on buying it on the big sale this week. I absolutely did not like that on the wider angles, the on-board flash left a shadow in the bottom part of the picture. Makes the casual snap shot useless. No one ever mentioned that in the reviews and of course this is the reason to rent first.
  • Pros: sharp, good brokeh
  • Cons: on board flash will leave a shadow! So lens flare.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Wakaas, pentaxforums.com
31 August 2014
  • Excerpt: There are mixed reviews about this lens. I was also confused. But now its clear that I made the right decision. Very good overall performance. Image quality is superb.
  • Pros: Constant aperture 2.8, built, WR
  • Cons: Size
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

ElJamoquio, pentaxforums.com
3 August 2014
  • Excerpt: I gave this lens a '7' to comply with forum-wide evaluations even though according to the rating scale shown (5-6 is good) it should really get a 5 or so.
  • Pros: WR.
  • Cons: Images a bit dull, poor sharpness wide open, some aberrations
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Overall 8
8.0

Four Stars

Tadasuke, Amazon
10 July 2014
  • Summary: It's useful to be wider than 18mm and large aperture. This is good standard angle lens, I think.
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Overall 8
8.0

Need time to get familiarised

MythGuy, B&H Photo
22 December 2013
  • Excerpt: This product is superb in optics but flawed in some areas. That being said, it doesn't mean you should blame the lens for it's flaws. This is a lens that need a lot of time to get familiarised with its functions and how to maximise its output. For example, on some Pentax body the auto-focus will hunt or fail under low-light (which lens doesn't?) So you need time to know when the lens will work and when it won't, otherwise you will not be able to get good results from it.
  • Pros: Large Constant Aperture, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction, Weather resistant
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
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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 8
8.0

Quiet and Fast Lens

The Accidental Tog, B&H Photo
1 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Excellent, fast normal zoom, with great build quality. I've been considering this lens for sometime but already own the Tamron non-vc 17-50mm f2.8. I was hesistant to buy the DA* with all the SDM issues reported online. However, after a good experience with the DA* 50-135, finally decided to give this lens a try. Compared to the Tamron - Better colors, contrast, slightly brighter, better build quality, weatherproof and silent.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Chromatic abberations
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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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