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Tremendous lens, a bargin compared to...,
This review is from: Pentax SMC DA* Series 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL IF SDM Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)If you've read my previous reviews, you know that I'm a retail camera salesperson. I get to use a wide variety of equipment, but I'm a bit picky on what I buy myself. I own this lens.
I couldn't be more pleased with this lens for my K10D. The images are crisp at all focal lengths and apertures. The focusing is both fast and smooth. (Note: it will require updating to firmware version 1.3 for the K10D to autofocus properly.) Build quality is top-notch, and the weather-proofing is nice, although I doubt I'll test that often.
Pentax has also equiped this lens with the older drive system, so that it can be used on older digital cameras, but the noise level goes up, and the AF performance, while decent, goes down.
This is an amazingly good deal compared to either the Canon or Nikon lenses in the same range. The Nikon has about the same build quality, but costs considerably more. The Canon has the IS system built into the lens (not necessary with Pentax); therefore, it costs about the same as the Nikon. A very good lens, it still doesn't have the build quality "feel" of the Pentax nor Nikon. Additionally, the 16mm makes the Pentax a bit wider, a big advantage for my type of shooting.
Simply put, without this lens, I'd be shooting Nikon.
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Initial post: Aug 17, 2010 4:50:55 AM PDT
Mr. Tenny C. Young says:
I have the older K100D, I have never known its firmware can be update. do you have any idea if this older model is compatible with the lens
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2010 6:31:04 AM PDT
S. Syerov says:
From my understanding, this lens is equipped with both, the screw drive focus and the SDM focus. So this lens will work with your camera, but it will use only screw drive focus motor. Having said that, since SDM motor seems to fail rather often, your camera using the older focus technology might actually be a good thing.
Posted on Nov 12, 2011 2:38:36 PM PST
Sarweswara Rao Vemula says:
I find the weather proofing pointless because a tamron 17-50 is only $400 and much much sharper and smaller. You might as well get the tamron 17-50 and then a Pentax 18-55 wr for a cheaper, smaller, and sharper package! Sure the Pentax has great build but are you willing to pay $200 for it?
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