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05-02-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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Is it worth it to get a 16-45mm?

I am still very much a noob to this great hobby but I have been struck with LBA and have purchased within the last few months seven lenses for my k5 II:

Pentax M28 f/3.5
Pentax M50 f/1.7
Pentax M50 f/2 (package deal with the 1.7)
Pentax M75 - 150 f/3.5 zoom
Tamron SP Di 90 f/2.8 macro (I am really looking forward to trying this when the snow finally melts)
Pentax M135 f/3.5
Vivitar p/K,M 2x teleconverter/macro (just for the heck of it and the price was right at $20)

These are in addition to the Pentax FA 28 - 80 f/3.5 - 5.6 and Pentax FA 80 - 320 f/4.5 - 5.6 zooms that I already had from a previous camera (MZ-7).

Would it be worth buying a Pentax 16 - 45 f/4 zoom? Would the M28 be wide enough for landscape? Am I spinning out of control?

The price isn't too bad at $180 Cad for the lens, a UV filter and a Hoya polarizer but I was wondering if I was already pretty well covered for wider shots. I know that this is a subjective question but I was wondering what other people thought.

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Get it. 16mm is a lot wider than anything on your list.
05-02-2013, 11:28 PM   #3
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You do not really have anything wide. 28mm is your widest and that is not wide. You also have no modern glaass, which is nice to use sometimes. So yeah , get it.
05-02-2013, 11:43 PM   #4
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At that price, yes. Is it new??? It was about $450 before. A poor quality polariser would be at least $25 alone, so it's a good price.
It's in run out pricing in Australia at $249.

I wouldn't be able to cope with your lens line up. I need wide 90% of the time. So you have my permission to buy it.

05-03-2013, 01:15 AM   #5
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The 16-45 is my only standard zoom and I highly recommend it. As others have said, you need a wide angle. A 28mm on APS-C is a 'normal' lens.
05-03-2013, 01:23 AM   #6
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Get it, the 16-45 is IMHO the best value among DA zoom lenses along with the 55-300.

I've owned Tamron and Sigma's 17-50, as well as Pentax's own DA* 16-50, and sold them all as the 16-45 still was my favourite !

I'm sure that you'll like it, and that you will find yourself shooting at 16mm most of the time !
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I'm with the others, the DA 16-45mm is one of Pentax's best value lenses, a lot of performance for the money.
05-03-2013, 02:48 AM   #8
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Is it worth buying compared with the kit DA 18-55mm AL WR (of which i have 3 examples)?

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As declared by popular vote, you are ordered to acquire the Pentax SMC DA 16-45 f/4 .
05-03-2013, 06:25 AM   #10
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For that kind of price, I'd buy it whether you want it or not - you can always resell it for a profit if you don't like it. You really do need something wider than 28mm though.
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or you could get the da 15 limited and really corrupt yourself on high quality glass

it will put most of your other lenses to shame forcing you to sell them and start over again with FA and DA* lenses

that's what happened to me
05-03-2013, 08:00 AM   #12
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The only thing my DA*16-50 has that the DA 16-45 has not is weather sealing and an extra 5 mm long end. 16mm is the wide to get. Go for it. My favourite go to film lens is the FA 24-90 - which is why I got 16mm (16*1.5 = 24) at the wide end. You will use it.
05-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #13
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I got a good deal at $200 and I have never regretted it. The 16-45 is usually on my camera unless the weather is really crappy, then I go to the 18-55 WR. I like the extra width (yes, 2mm makes a difference) and the IQ is pretty good for a relatively inexpensive lens. You can't go wrong.
05-03-2013, 10:59 AM   #14
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Not like you haven't heard it before, but get it.

I loved mine and now regret selling it. A great performer, wonderful colors, and 16 is wider than you think.
05-03-2013, 11:31 AM   #15
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As a previous owner of the DA 16-45, I can recommend it.

Its performance at 16mm is astounding given its price point. The rest of the focal length range is basically just a bonus.

My only issue with it was that it was a pretty dainty lens compared to some of its other long-barreled zoom counterparts. There was just a bit too much wobble for me, and I don't really baby my lenses so I lived in constant fear that even a slight bump would cause some sort of horrible focus misalignment.

But at $180, you can't go wrong with it.

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