DA* 16-50 / 2.8 Opinion

Started Jan 26, 2021 | User reviews thread
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DA* 16-50 / 2.8 Opinion

I own this lens now for several years.

SDM works pretty well. A friend of mine got his SDM replaced an since then also his lens works fine.

From wide open (F/2.8) to stopped down this lens gives very very sharp images. Wide open, there is - especially at 16mm - some softness in the corner, but it is way better than what you can see from lots of other wide aperture wide angle zooms.

At harsh contrasts against bright light, there is the tendency to blue CA, which can normally be easily corrected in post by one or two clicks. So not really an issue.

At 50mm f/2.8 razor sharp also at close focus, so works quite well as a "nearly" macro. Also perfect for portraiture at that focal length.

For me, a lens that delivers very solid, professional image quality.

 Lotz's gear list:Lotz's gear list
Pentax K-3 II Pentax KP Pentax K-3 Mark III Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited +15 more
Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
Zoom lens • Pentax KAF2 • 21650
Announced: Feb 21, 2007
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