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10-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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DA* 16-50 provide similar performance to DA 35mm 2.4?

Can I expect the DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 to provide similar sharpness & performance at 35mm as the DA 35mm f/2.4? I'm considering the 16-50 and wondering if I'll still need the 35mm after acquiring it.

10-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
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It's not as sharp but it's more than sharp enough, you might want a separate 35mm prime for it's smaller size though, the 16-50 is a BIG lens. Other than that the 16-50 is beautiful and you'll love it. Also consider the Sigma and Tamron options, as they're just as good, and much cheaper.

I'd add that the 35/2.4 has a nice rendering to it, as does the 35/2.8. The 16-50 has it's own beautiful way of rendering things that I personally love, but I'd check it out to see which you prefer really. Different strokes and all that.
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The DA35/2.4 is very good wide open, while the DA*16-50 should normally be stopped down to f/3.2 or f/3.5 - possibly f/4. That makes the DA35/2.4 nearly 1.5 stops faster for similar IQ. I usually shoot primes, but I love the DA*16-50 when I need to take a bunch of shots of the landscaping around a house, for example. That's a case where the zoom is wonderful to have, and the quality is still very good.

I will say that I specifically chose the DA*16-50 because the quality was just good enough for me to be happy as a prime shooter. Photos I saw from the Sigma and Tamron alternatives weren't quite as good as I wanted. The DA*16-50 is one of the last lenses I purchased, and I probably put it off too long. After I got it I relaxed, and no longer had an urgency to get more primes within its range (although now I'm well covered there too).

I'd get the DA*16-50 and see if it's enough for you. If you still want the DA35/2.4 after that, at least it's not too expensive.

Last edited by DSims; 10-13-2013 at 02:03 PM.

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