2014 Electronics Holiday Gift Guide
Qty:1
Include
FREE Shipping. Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: *30 Day Money Back Guarantee* Item is in good working condition. Every function has been tested and works. May contain an average amount of scratches and scuffs from normal usage. Item may come repackaged
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $125.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$456.89
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: DavisMAX
Add to Cart
$466.99
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: Idaho Camera
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA  ED AL Zoom Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL Zoom Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras

by Pentax
| 5 answered questions

List Price: $599.95
Price: $457.42 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $142.53 (24%)
Only 2 left in stock.
Sold by Another Deal Site and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
  • Designed for proprietary PENTAX Kaf Mount
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens for superior sharpness and color correction
  • Responsive Quick-Shift Focus System allows instant shift from AF to MF
  • Image circle is designed to match the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Convert focal length to 24.5mm-69mm with *ist D (optional)

Will This Work with Your Camera?

Use the Amazon.com Lens Finder to be sure this lens will work with your camera.
 

Will This Work with Your Camera?

Go
 
5 new from $456.89 7 used from $179.89

Frequently Bought Together

Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA  ED AL Zoom Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras + Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras
Price for both: $612.37

Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: B0001DBZKK
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 16 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 45 mm
See more technical details

Read about our customers' top-rated lenses and cameras on our review pages: Lenses, Digital SLR Cameras, Compact System Cameras

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches ; 12.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001DBZKK
  • Item model number: B0001DBZKK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Designed for proprietary PENTAX Kaf Mount Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens for superior sharpness and color correction Responsive Quick-Shift Focus System allows instant shift from AF to MF Image circle is designed to match the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs Convert focal length to 24.5mm-69mm with APS-C Size Sensors

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
23
4 star
10
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 34 customer reviews
A very good lens / performs well.
W. Graff
16mm wide angle is very nice and is noticeably wider than the kit lens at 18mm.
tela
It is fantastic: very very sharp and with great saturated color.
J. Melartin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Lauren G on January 9, 2007
I was one of those holdouts that carried lots of prime lenses, disdaining zooms as "a compromise". No doubt, I missed some fine lenses because of this.

The lens that sold me on zooms is this lens, the 16-45 f/4 Pentax. The lack of distortion, the contrast, the fine color control, all finally convinced me that a zoom can perform some of the functions of a prime.

I've been using this lens for a while. In my studio, the 50mm primes have become the main portrait lenses with the digital cameras. But now, I'm not afraid to use a zoom lens on a job. A big step for me!

It extends quite far when zooming, a fact I don't like, and for those who care, the on-camera flash is blocked by the lens hood (I use studio strobe, so it's of no import to me). As a modern lens, it has a polycarbonate barrel (they don't seem to be inclined to make zooms in the Lmited series. Too bad).

If I could use it on the film cameras, I probably would. No aperture ring means it's definitely meant for the current cameras.

Despite all that, I highly recommend this lens. It's a great "walk around" lens, going from very wide to moderate telephoto (remember, it's for the APS-C sensors). Image quality is astounding to an old woman who loves primes, and even for a lens in general it's right up there.

If you're faced with the choice of the kit lens or this lens, take the 16-45. If you are serious about your craft, or you make a living at it, it's well worth the price!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Paul Connell on November 29, 2007
Ditto Dana G's review. I migrated from a pretty extensive Nikon film system, and have used all kinds of other brands of film camera equipment, either on assignment or as a community college photo instructor during the 70's and 80's. I tried a variety of zooms, including varifocals with ELD glass. They were visibly softer than their equivalent single-focal-length counterparts. I noticed this after I had spent a long time using one particular varifocal. One day I switched back to a prime and when the prints came in, WOW! You could even tell with a casual glance at a 3X5 proof, that there was a huge difference. And the wide angle range in those 1970'5 and 80's zooms alway seemed extra soft and distorted. So I just gave up on zooms until I experienced digital.

I'm not one of those people who photographs charts. But I've a LOT of experience looking at real world images. In fact, as long as the lens seems to be working I don't really pay attention to it. However, in this case, I was shooting some photos of rocks along the Maine coast, from a tripod, and I decided to try to use a few Pentax prime lenses--a 40mm SMCP DA 2.8 and the Pentax FA 50mm 1.4--just to see if zooms had improved. All shots were in the 35-60 mm range, around f5.6-f8. When I uploaded these images into Photoshop, I was flabbergasted. The 16-45 mm gave nicer color and was at least as sharp as the two primes. Since then, I've had occasion to compare it against my Pentax DA 14mm 2.8, and I haven't noticed any real-world difference at the wide range either. But it's the fact that, if there were a difference, I would have to look really, really hard to see it that impresses me!

I find that I use the !6-45 more than any other lens that I own. I purchased it as an "upgrade" from the kit lens.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2009
Verified Purchase
This lens will be one of Pentax's classics, I think. There's nothing very sexy about it. It uses the old Pentax screwdriver-in-slot AF (as opposed to their new in-lens HSM), its maximum aperture's only f/4, and its zoom range ends at an odd point, 45mm (67.5mm equivalent on Pentax DSLR's) -- a bit short of traditional portrait length. It lacks the build quality of Pentax's premium DA* lenses. It isn't weatherproof.

But at this price point it's a gem. The build is decent, and by using plastic instead of metal, putting the AF motor in the camera rather than in the lens, limiting the aperture to f/4 and the zoom range to 3X, Pentax kept the lens light and small. It's not expensive, it has a constant aperture, autofocus is fast and accurate, and (most important) it's optically excellent.

I already have the Pentax DA* 50-135/2.8, a beautiful zoom, and thought of buying the matching DA* 16-50/2.8, but I was put off by reports of poor quality control in the 16-50. So instead (and for half the price) I bought a 16-45. When it arrived I tested it by photographing a tabletop still life, including a test pattern, with my Pentax 21mm, 31mm and 40mm Limited primes at all apertures from f/4 through f/16, then making the same photo with the zoom at the same focal lengths and apertures. In almost every case the 16-45 matched the primes for center focus and sharpness, even at f/4.

Yes, the primes are better -- they have better corners, less vignetting, more overall contrast, an indefinable "snap" that gives the primes what I think of as the Pentax Look. And yes, the zoom does have an optical flaw: blue/yellow fringing where bright and dark areas are juxtaposed. (Seldom a problem, but it's there.) I'm hanging on to my primes.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. Melartin on November 14, 2006
Verified Purchase
I bought this lens for my 35mm pentax camera, since I'll be buying one of the dslr bodies sometime. It is fantastic: very very sharp and with great saturated color. On par, sharpness-wise with my Zuiko (50mm f1.4 & f1.8, 85mm f/2) and Nikon primes, but with better color! The contrast is good as well, there are rumors that the lens underexposes a bit - perhaps it does, but that works well with film.

On a film camera, there's vignetting when you zoom wider than 21mm - but that's a nice special effect, a sort of semi-fisheye at 16mm. Also, using the supplied lens shade isn't a great idea when shooting with 35mm film cameras, as the vignetting starts early.

Overall, this is a super lens, the best zoom I've owned.

11/2007: I've been using this lens with a K100D with great results. The tone is if anything more concentrated on a digital body - though for some reason the slight underexposure trend does exist with digital but not film. The lens has decent close focus ability - your shots of kittens and flowers come out awesome!

I recently bought the 43mm Limited, and while it has greater resolution and tonality, and does better in low light, on a photographic (rather than pixel peeping) level the 16-45 is in the same league. I still highly recommend this lens as the best medium zoom value that Pentax offers.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews