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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.
This lens is amazing. I was out in the rainforest and got some great pictures in spite of the low light. Fantastic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Unfortunately got a bad copy of the lens. Sent back to adorama for a replacement.
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.
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.