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10-13-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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DA*16-50mm and DA* 60-250mm

I already have the DA* 60-250, and am thinking of trading in the 18-135 and getting the DA*16-50 as a complement. I also own the 10-17, so this would give me 10-250 pretty much covered. I like the f2.8 on the 16-50... and I've heard that some people quit using their pancakes after they get it. I'm seeking comments... either way. I love the idea of a 3 lens kit.

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Well that is just the one lens I never recommend!

Some people are happy with it, but I sold mine.

- CA is horrible at 50mm and f2.8
- Below 20mm there isn't a straight line in the corner.
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Oh dear, so what do you use in the wide angle end?
10-13-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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As Ron said some people are happy with it some are not.

If the weather sealing isnt a important factor for you, consider the Sigma/Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 options.

There is a review comparing all three on the forums homepage, have a read and you may be very surprised
https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/pentax-16-50-vs-sigma-tamron-17-50mm/introduction.html

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All three lenses display significant barrel distortion that verges on moustache (aka "wavy") distortion at their widest focal lengths, with a characteristic "bulge" in the center of the image creating barrel distortion only at the centermost area of each side of the image. The effect is most pronounced on the Pentax, probably due to its slightly wider field of view. All lenses are effectively distortion-free at 35mm and 50mm—though there may be a slight degree of pincushion distortion, it's not exactly field-relevant.
The lenses are rated so closely in the review.. it's tempting to go on price.. although I really do appreciate the WR on the Pentax, almost 100% of my shooting is outdoors.
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I like our 16-50. It has its issues, but you should just know them when using it.
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Oh dear, so what do you use in the wide angle end?
Not so much my territory, but I have DA14mm and DA21mm for that. For me 40mm and up is more important.
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Not sure if you ever do any event photography, but the 16-50 absolutely rocks at that.

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I'm quite impressed with the IQ of the Tamron 17-50/2.8.
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I will go so far as to venture that I sold my 15 ltd after buying the 16-50 and the Sigma 8-16mm
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I love my *16-50.
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I've used non WR lenses in pouring rain without precautions and without ill effects. So although WR adds value, it would not be the deciding factor for me.
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Despite the generally negative opinion on this lens, I really like my copy. I think that the quality of these lenses really varies and you have to be really careful when you get one that it doesn't have issues with decentering. Still, I feel like it is a lens that I couldn't do without.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/106084-da-16-5...at-can-do.html
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If you need weather hardened lenses, then 16-50 and 60-250 make for a tough combination to beat.
I have been shooting with the 16-50 for couple years, it is not perfect but when the need arises, it is there. And with both, the color rendering reminds me of the old SMCA 50- 1.7 and 70-210 f4 lenses.

The only negative with the 16-50 right now is the hood, the bayonet mount plastic parts are worn out. Makes the hood really loose and prone for falling off .
Get the 16-50 and try it out, if you do not like it then return it.

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I have all 3 lenses you mention and have been considering selling the 16-50 due to lack of use since I bought the 18-135. The 18-135 has been doing a fine job. The 10-17, 18-135 and 60-250 gives me a 3 lens kit that pretty much covers all I need when I travel. If I want to go light, I substitute the 55-300 for the 60-250.
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