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12-21-2007, 07:17 PM   #16
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yep nice lens although ya got convince it to focus on the subject in lowish light conditions and it seems to struggle at near infinity subjects 10mtr plus but if you get used to it its awsome and the work around becomes second nature

12-21-2007, 07:43 PM   #17
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How good is the quality compared to primes that fall within the focal range? I would really like to save some money through bypassing a couple of primes and just buying this lens for wide-range work.
12-22-2007, 01:41 AM   #18
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I have the 16-45mm zoom, the 31mm Limited prime and a 50 mm f/1.4 prime. After doing some test shots with both lens (same scene, settings, and post-processing) I can say that the 16-45 performs very well compared to the prime at 31 mm. The Limited is sharper and the colors are a bit richer, but I would not say that it is directly proportional to the price difference between the lens. At 45mm the zoom also looks good compared to a 50mm f/1.4 prime (another excellent lens for the price). I'm new to all of this and still training my eye, so keep that in mind. For myself I'll be using the 16-45mm frequently and switching over to the primes when I need a "little bit extra." This zoom is a great lens and well worth the price.
12-23-2007, 08:28 PM   #19
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I bought the 16-45 recently as a sort of 'on the spot' purchase. It was used but in good condition and extremely cheap.

Turns out it replaced my DA 18-55, and even my SMC-M 28 F2.8. I found that F4 is not that far off from F2.8 (roughly about 1 to 1.5 stops?) and so it's still quite usable.

When I need the F2.8, I'll break out my primes. Otherwise, the 16-45 covers the range really well, and it's sharp too!! Comparable to my primes.

12-23-2007, 09:10 PM   #20
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The 16-45 is a great lens; I am very happy with mine.

I highly recommend it.

OH BOY! WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

I just started a thread with some low-light photos taken with the 16-45.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/16939-16-45-vi...-new-york.html

(Shameless self-promotion, I know!)

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12-23-2007, 10:25 PM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by dugrant153 Quote
Turns out it replaced my DA 18-55, and even my SMC-M 28 F2.8. I found that F4 is not that far off from F2.8 (roughly about 1 to 1.5 stops?) and so it's still quite usable.
1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11...From f/4 to f/2.8 is one stop difference.
12-26-2007, 08:15 PM   #22
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ed in GA Quote
There's more for the $400 than just a single stop. The "SDM" part is worth a few bucks.
The weather sealing is also worth paying a few bucks for, and all the decoration on the lens gives it a "bling" effect. When I walk around with the DA* 16-50 on my GX-10 it always turns heads, and pretty heads at that!

I'm selling a DA16-45 in mint condition, boxed and with warranty remaining in Sydney, Australia. If anyone's interested pop me a line at selar(at)selar.net.
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