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Pentax smc DA 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Lens
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- Super fast autofocus through ultra-sonic technology
- Completely protected against spray and dust
- Metal bayonet mount
- Quick Focus for instant switching to manual focus control
- New "Super Protection" coating for protecting the front lens element against dirt and grime
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Size: 16-50mm | Style Name: SDM Lens
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 has been incorporated for smoother, quieter autofocusing operation using a built-in supersonic motor.
Closest focusing distance: 0.3 m
Diagonal angle of view (max): 83°
Diameter: 8.4 cm
Filter size: 7.7 cm
Length: 9.85 cm
Maximum aperture number: 22
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 320 g
The "DA Star" series opens a new chapter in PENTAX lens history. The critical capability characteristics include an extremely fast "Supersonic Motor" incorporating ultrasonic technology and a housing that is completely sealed against water and dust. The smc-DA* 16-50 mm is the ultimate standard zoom. The continuous f/2.8 aperture provides for the necessary reserves needed in poor light conditions. And for optimal operational convenience the "Quick Shift Focus System" is again provided, enabling the user to instantly take manual control of the focusing. Rounding out the intelligent design of the new the Star series lens is the proprietary PENTAX SP coating that reliably protects the lens against pollution.See all Product Description
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It also has a far stiffer zoom ring than the standard lens. This takes some getting used to, but it helps prevent zoom creep when carried lens-downwards.
On the plus side the lens has a superb long range room. About as long a zoom as you can sensibly use hand-held without using rather silly high ISO settings.
As a Pentax DA lens this one has on-board operating information that works with most Pentax DSLR bodies to automatically correct the image distortion that all lenses exhibit. Zoom lenses are worse than most and super-zooms are the most extreme.. This lens works well with the geometric auto-correction settings in my K5. I haven't tried the auto-correction chromatic settings in earnest yet.
It is worth noting that the shots taken without auto-correction are saved much faster to the memory card. If you need to take dozens of action shots and want to guarantee no pauses when taking them then it is worth knowing that this lens is included in the post-processing correction options in Adobe's CS packages.
There have already been many reviews of this lens on-line. In it's Pentax branded form and in its Canon and Nikon mount variants under the Tamron brand. I won't repeat them here. Just a word or two of advice...
1) Stop down to F11 or higher for the sharpest shots, especially at wide angles.
2) When zooming, come slightly back from maximum zoom for the sharpest shots at long range.
Pentax customer service in europe though is absolutely useless, even worse than that. The lens cap broke on my one straight out of the box, no big deal really as you can get a no name replacement for a couple of euro. but i tried to get in contact with pentax customer support to see if i could get a replacement under warranty and there was just no reply. i tried using the contact form on the website and every email i could find. i eventually got a reply from jpss uk who said they passed it onto the correct people in pentax who assured them that they would deal with it. i never heard anything from pentax after that. If it was a major fault i would have gone through amazon for the warranty, who are usually very good, i just didnt want to have to sent the whole lens back for this small fault.
In the hope that this great piece of kit would enhance my humble offerings I went ahead and bought this.I found it just right for my K20D well balanced the sdm is almost silent and really quite fast the images so far have been very satisfying indeed if you are pondering this purchase I am no expert but this is one lens which I use almost daily if particular for birds and wildlife.
A recent trip to Whipsnade Zoo to test this sure was rewarding I am really over the moon with this lens and would recommend it to anyone
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This lens has a lot going for it, and in my case a couple of problems. It's a good size, solid and smooth to use. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Tim Stanbrook
super lens...sharp and gr8 looking super fast delivery would use this seller againPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this at a good price . Use at Airshows and sports events good photosPublished 4 months ago by michael waddle
An amasing lens. Equivalent to the old 75-200mm (close). The sharpness of the images and extra stops in the aperture gives more accurate focusing, great Bokeh effect and less need... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Les Taylor
This is a lens to take you beyond the ubiquitous and very good Pentax DA 55-300, which at 300mm is only f/5.8. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dave L
Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM
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