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01-20-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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DA 16-45mm has died...time for a replacement

I need a replacement for my 16-45, which had survived (after some CPR) a major dunking in a muddy river a couple of years ago, but has finally given up the ghost - it refuses to stop down from f4. I'm pleased to get as much "extra" life out of this lens as I did, but it's time to get a replacement.

I primarily shoot outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions and usually live in the wide end. I really liked the colours the 16-45 gave me and would like to get something with similar colour reproduction and IQ. Another 16-45 is an option, but since I'm already buying a new lens, I'd like to upgrade and either get more range, or weather-sealing.

The DA* 16-50 would probably be ideal, but is outside of my price range, and a 17-70mm WR doesn't exist, so my main candidates right now are the new 18-135 (primarily because of WR) and the 17-70 (a bit more range than the 16-45, just as susceptible to the elements). I also have a 14mm, so losing a mm or 2 in the wide end is no big deal. Come to think of it, a prime could also be an option, though I haven't really considered that possibility.

Any recommendations? How much of a step down (I assume) would the 18-135 be, IQ-wise? I'm particularly curious about feedback from people who moved from the 16-45 to something else.

01-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #2
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Save the pennies and get the DA* 16-50 f2.8. It will be a better lens for you.


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01-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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I moved from 16-45 to Tammy 28-75 2.8. Couldn't be happier. I thought I would miss the wide end, but actually I hardly notice the absence - but I do notice the extra on the long end.
01-20-2011, 08:05 PM   #4
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Maybe you can get by with 14 on the wide end and a 16-xx, but I would suggest a 12-24.

And a camera condom if WR is important.

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I don't have either, but presumably you should also consider the tamron and sigma 17-50 options if you are willing to go without WR.

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