Pentax SMCP-DA 16-50mm f/2.8 ED-AL (IF) SDM Autofocus Zoom Lens for Digital SLRs - U.S.A.

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About Pentax 16-50mm

This Pentax 16-50mm Bundle comes with $49.95 worth of free accessories including a New Leaf PLUS 3yr Lens Warranty .

The PENTAX DA * 16-50mm F2.8 ED/AL (IF) wide angle zoom lens is designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras and delivers the highest level of ultimate optical image quality. With aspherical elements, special optical-glass elements and original lens coatings, this lens is superior in terms of contrast, clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness.

The 16-50mm features tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction to enhance durability for use in rain or dusty conditions. It also features the PENTAX-original Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching to manual-focus operation and PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating to repel dust, water and grease. A new SDM system hasbeen incorporated for smoother, quieter autofocusing operation using a built-in supersonic motor.

The Pentax 16-50mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Pentax 16-50mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Pentax 16-50mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax 16-50mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (15),Fast / accurate auto-focus (15),Strong construction (15),Durable (14),Rugged (11),Easily interchangeable (10),Lightweight (4),Nice bokeh (3)
Cons:
Heavy (3),Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (13),Night photography (12),Low light (7),General purpose (6),Weddings (5),Landscape photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Enthusiast (3)

Pentax 16-50mm Features

  • High performance, wide angle zoom lens
  • SDM system creates smoother, quieter auto focus
  • Weather resistant and dust resistant body
  • Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual
  • Pentax SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
  • Two ED elements and 3 aspherical elements compensate for chromatic and sphericalaberration
  • Developed specifically for Pentax digital SLR's
  • Focal length equivalent to 24.5mm to 76.5mm in the 35mm format

Pentax 16-50mm Specifications

Construction
15 elements in 12 groups
Angle of view
83 - 31.5 degrees (when used with PENTAX Digital SLR camera body)
F stop range
Minimum F stop: 22
Closest Focusing Distance
12" (0.30m)
Maximum Magnification
0.21X
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.9" x 3.3" (98.5MM x 84mm)
Weight
19.9 oz. (565g) without hood; 21.2 oz. (600g) with hood

Pentax 16-50mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent lens

Great focus mechanism, silent and fast. The image quality is outstanding. Great for landscape photography and family photos. Because of its size, the in-camera flash causes big shadow on the lower portion of the picture, it will require an external flash. I am so happy with this lens that my next one will be the Pentax DA*50-135 mm on the same family of products. Pentax did a good job on this DA* family. Highly recommended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice build but average IQ

Weatherproof Design, nice build quality, Quickshift and noiseless AF are nice. Image Quality at open aperture is just on average level. Some issues with Front/Backfokus. Lenshood is sometimes tricky to mount.

Reviewed by 20 customers

 
5.0

What an amazing lens

By

from gig harbor WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is amazing. I was out in the rainforest and got some great pictures in spite of the low light. Fantastic

 
5.0

An Excellent Lens

By

from Russia  -  Photo Enthusiast

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/230468-streets-tallinn-streets.html#post2442149

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everyday Use Lens

By

from Longview, TX.  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the lens I keep on my camera at all times because it is versitle and has a wide range of uses from low light to bright sunlight. I have taken over 3,000 images with this lens and to date have not had any problems.

 
3.0

A Great Lens (when it worked)

By

from Seattle, Wa  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens WAS great for scenery and low light indoor photography. In museums and shows where a flash was prohibited the lens worked great. Also worked great for portraits. It does lack the little extra "reach" to make it a little more versitle lens (16-75 or 100mm would have been nice). Unfortunately, after a year and a half of light usage (after the warrantee ran out), the auto-focus motor quit working. I can get it to work sometimes by playing with the manual focus for a while then switch to auto-focus. In checking the Pentax forums etc. many other people have the same problem. Right now it is a $1,200 paperweight until I can save the money to have it repaired, then I'll probably sell it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens....

By

from Honolulu  -  Pro Photographer

I am a pro wedding and event shooter and I also freelance for a couple of daily and weekly publications covering human interest stories, dinning and night life. This lens has the perfect zoom range for shooting in crowded and cramped rooms and has the great f2.8 aperature to allow me to shoot quality images in a low light venue such as chapels, restaurants and night clubs. The build quality and weather sealing allow me to focus on my work rather than babying my lens in a crowded club or on a wet wedding day. The images are crisp and the focus pops right in to place. I would highly reccomend this lens to anyone who uses a Pentax system.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good basic lens

By

from Golden, Colorado  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is OK. It does a nice job, but end up doing a little manipulation to the photo in my AcdSee using the sharpening. Use for outdoor team photos and it works ok.

 
5.0

A workhorse lens!

By

from Saudi Arabia  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the second copy of the lens from Adorama. Finally, very impressed by it's performance. A bit soft wide open & on 50mm especially on border, but stopping down a little give perfect result. Best for landscape and general use. Pairing with 50-135, you don't need other lens.. :D

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Got a bad copy

By

from Saudi Arabia  -  Photo Enthusiast

Unfortunately got a bad copy of the lens. Sent back to adorama for a replacement.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Excellent Landscape Lens.

By

from San Diego, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my mostly used among all my lenses. Excellent for landscape photography and combined with Pentax K5 gives fast and silent Auto-focus. Sharp on all apertures and produces a nice bokeh on close-up shots. All that I expected from this lens. Build quality is excellent. I think it's worth every penny.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as it gets

By

from Sydney, Australia  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the 'as good as it gets' zoom lens for Pentax. I've used DA 16-45mm before and tried a DA 17-70mm as well. But in the end the DA* 16-50mm was IT. The versatile f/2.8 with weather seals and silent SDM really makes a huge difference over the lens that I had before. SDM focusing is not as fast as Canon USM I tried before (it wasn't even an L - just 50mm f/1.4 USM) but then again the focusing might be to do with my K20D body than the actual motor. I can't fault the pictures that I have taken with this lens so far.

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Shopper  Is this a 2012?
STEVEN A  Although I bought mine around that time, I've seen reviews that go back to 2009 on this lens.
Ron L  Is this a good wide angle lens to invest in? How is the zoom and clarity?
CATHERINE S  I used this as my only lens while traveling abroad this summer and I am really pleased with the results. I take a lot of landscape shots and find the wide angle to be just right. This is not a big zoom in terms of coverage but the speed and clarity are more important for me. This is my walk around lens. I am also delighted to have a sealed lens for those wet moody days that used to not be conducive to photography with my old camera.

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