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09-20-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
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In case you're interested in a DA 16-45mm...Just buy one!

I bought a used (two previous owners) DA 16-45mm f4 and I just couldn't be happier with the lens. Not as sharp as a prime but damn near! Plus, it did a really good job at night shots.

Here are some examples shot @ Frankfurt last week:





























This will go right in my K-5 (if the reviews are tempting). Right now my K-x is doing it's job in a superb way though... I think I'll keep it just in case. =)

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Wow. I love wide night shots and you posted quite a nice series here. Something for everybody. As far as the da16-45, I keep trying to buy an UW (rented the da15 ltd last week, tried the da14 onSunday) but the 16-45 keeps talking me out of it. Damn its persuasive!

Thanks for posting the series.
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Thanks a lot. I realy enjoy using this lens and it make me feel sorry for the previous two owners. How on earth would somebody get rid of this? :|
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Excellent shots; excellent lens. I like my 16-45mm so much that I'm tempted to buy a second one, just in case one of them breaks or prices get out of hand... Sometimes this so far unfulfilled intention does make sense, at other times it doesn't


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Thanks! I bought this one for 150€ so I'm seriously thinking about getting another one for the same reason you mentioned.
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And it will soon be supported by DxO in modules with K10D, K20D, K-7, and K-x, which means the quality of the (DxO-ed) images will be spectacular, for not much money!
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I agree. It is an excellent and very versatile lens. It really was all I needed on a recent trip to the Netherlands.
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great shots!

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Agreed. I bought this before our trip to Namibia in July, and it performed admirably well. The extra 2mm over the kit lens on the wide end makes a suprising difference, and the resolution and contrast was really a pleasant and wonderful surprise. I'm very taken with this lens. It was a bargain for $aud 250. I just wish my 55-300 - which I also like - had the same resolution.

From Namibia, "Deadvlei"






From a friend's wedding on the weekend.

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Hmm, those Namibia photos seem blurrier here than on the google web albums upload, like they've been resized in the forum post. Maybe I did something wrong, anyway, rest assured, for the money it's very sharp and really great colours!
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QuoteOriginally posted by paddy567 Quote
Hmm, those Namibia photos seem blurrier here than on the google web albums upload, like they've been resized in the forum post. Maybe I did something wrong, anyway, rest assured, for the money it's very sharp and really great colours!
Yes, the resizing algorithm gives a bit of blur to posted pics. That's why I prefer to insert flickr links with 'insertimage' and 'wrap [IMGWIDE]'--especially the latter.
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Yup, it's a lovely lens. i sold mine to fund a Tamron f2.8, but was always very impressed with the pics I got from the 16-45.
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Well this lens is already discontinued and no longer in production.
It does give nice images but the build quality could be better and I just couldn't stand the silly design of the lens barrel extending at 16mm. I prefer my DA 17-70mm...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuchulainn Quote
Yup, it's a lovely lens. i sold mine to fund a Tamron f2.8, but was always very impressed with the pics I got from the 16-45.
The 17-50 ? Or 17-70 variable F stop / or 24-70 ? I'm looking at all these plus the Sigmas and just can't solve the equation. Now if the new 18-135 is very good (and comes with a good price on the K5) .......

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QuoteOriginally posted by causey Quote
Yes, the resizing algorithm gives a bit of blur to posted pics. That's why I prefer to insert flickr links with 'insertimage' and 'wrap [IMGWIDE]'--especially the latter.
I've almost given up posting photos until I figure out a good way to make them look as sharp as I want. Any resizing seems to add some blur, even resizing in PS. I'll try Flickr.

Oh, and I'm a great fan of the DA17-70.
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