Budget High-Performance Pentax Lenses

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cgarrard
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New 18-55mm WR vs. 16-45mm
In reply to justin23, 9 months ago

justin23 wrote:

cgarrard wrote:

ccd wrote:

cgarrard wrote:

And this 16mm?

The 18-55 out performs the 16-45 on many aspects, its also much more budget, which is the point of the post.

In what aspects are those? I

Chromatic aberrations, wide angle distortion, and its weather sealed. Sharpness too I think is very much on par or slightly better when tested on the same body.

Beyond that, there is budget and there is value.

Great, this thread is about bang for the buck, dollar for performance. The lenses I picked are very difficult to argue against.

That being said, I will go somewhat hypocritically go against the grain and recommend the much maligned 50-200 over the 55-300. Not only is it considerably cheaper

Which 55-300mm are you referring too? The DA L is almost exactly the same price as the 55-200mm WR.

I done thought my post through before I done posted it ;).

Carl

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I remember when the original DA 18-55 and DA16-45 were compared, there was absolutely no comparison between the lenses. In fact even the DA*16-50 was only marginally better than the DA16-45 @f4 and givenn the price difference and issues the DA16-45 is definately one of the better lenses they've ever made. However it was always deemed to expensive to be the kit, except for more expensive cameras (I think the *ist D had it but the DS and DL didn't).

Maybe the build quality has improved on the DA18-55, given its had 5 versions and the metal mount WR version is probably the only one I'd get now.

Optically though I find i get far better results with the DA16-45 than the DA18-55's i've owned and the DA18-135.

I think if the 18 is not wide enough, you could do a lot worse with your money than to find a DA16-45.

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They've improved the optics considerably since the II version was announced, and forward. For the price, the cumulative score is very close. In my testing of both in the field I concur they are close.

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/641-pentax1855f3556wr?start=1

16-45mm

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/134-pentax-smc-da-16-45mm-f4-ed-al-review--test-report?start=2

Carl
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