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12-26-2007, 01:11 PM   #1
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16 - 45 or 16 -50 over kit lens???

I would like to apologize for this in advance as im sure this has been discussed but unfortunately typing in "or" or "vs" in the search field results in a message saying "or" or "vs" is under the 3 character minimum for search on these forums.

ok, on to my question. tell me about my options (pros cons etc) as an upgrade from the kit lens covering roughly the same focal lengths. specifically the Da 16-45 and Da*16-50.

12-26-2007, 02:28 PM   #2
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The upgrades have better image quality, for me it is in the tone and concentration of image with the 16-45. I bought that lens instead of the kit.

But no lens is perfect in all respects: the 16-45 is much bulkier than the kit, probably doesn't focus as close (though I'd check that), and interferes with the built in flash. Nor does it reach as far in the tele end. And you really can't beat the price for the kit... and it sure isn't like shooting through the bottom of a coke bottle.

I liked the wider end of the lens, as the wide end is harder / more expensive to achieve with APS size sensors. Except for size / weight / max aperture, I don't need another lens in the wide end of things... at least not Yet.
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I have the 16-45, and it is a very big step up from the kit lens. I can't recommend it highly enough. Yes, I sometimes wish it had a longer reach, but that would come at a price. I found one used for a price I couldn't pass up, and I couldn't be happier.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
I have the 16-45, and it is a very big step up from the kit lens. I can't recommend it highly enough. Yes, I sometimes wish it had a longer reach, but that would come at a price. I found one used for a price I couldn't pass up, and I couldn't be happier.
At around twice the price, I purchased the DA* 16-50/2.8. The first reason was the weatherproofing of the lens. When it is on the body, there are no worries about being out and about in the snow or rain. The second reason was that extra 5 mm of focal length at the long end. I was used to the 24-90, and 24-75 is closer than 24-68. The third reason was the extra stop of speed.

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I would only pick Da* 16-50 if you want the lens weather sealed. It is definitely a good lens but it might not be magical zoom that everyone is looking for
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