Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
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Time Traveller, pentaxforums.com
5 December 2013
Excerpt: I was very surprised by the high quality of the SMC 16-50mm 2.8. Just as sharp as the lenses with comparable focal length (31mm and 43mm). Three-dimensional images and a color rendition similar to what the SMC 15mm 4.0 provides. No problems with respect to the SDM motor. I am very pleased with it, and I consider those who give it a bad rating either very unlucky or rogue.
Excerpt: When it asks if I'd recommend the lens, I need to say exactly what I mean by clicking 'Yes'. I mean YES YES YES - the reason I have to recommend it so strongly is because of the reservations I had, and the ones I'm sure you may have.
Pros: Perfect range, beautiful build, handling, quiet AF
Excerpt: I've ummed and aahed over buying this lens for quite a while now. I had the kit 18-55mm which is decent but having bought DA* 50-135 and the 300mm I wanted this lens. I read reviews, re-read them and the negatives were gnawing away at me. The Tamron 17-50mm looked a great deal and I've tried Sigma lenses which are ok/good but didn't give me that "Wow factor". A month ago I decided to treat myself and bought for £695 in the UK. Geez, why did I wait so long!
Excerpt: This seems to be one of those lenses that just divides people... and it's not just a copy issue, because the guy I bought mine from was saying he couldn't get a good photo out of it - and I've basically got nothing BUT good photos out of it.
Pros: Huge range for f2.8, basically everything else
Excerpt: I was very hesitant to get it based on some of the reviews and the ridiculous pricing scheme from Pentax. It was $1500 which is too high. For the holidays, they lowered the price so I pounced and I'm glad that I did. It has gives new life to my K200D. It focuses smoothly, quietly, and very accurately in low light. I can now use my K200D for my concert and event shoots.