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11-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Advice Wanted RE: Pentax 16-45 f/4

So I just won an eBay auction for a used Pentax lens. It is the SMC DA 16-45 f/4 ED-AL. It cost me $157.89. I'm hoping it will pair up well with my brand new K-5, which I am learning to use. So far I have the 18-55WR. The 16-45 seems like it will be a good lens, but I am not sure if I should have bought it. It was sort of an impulse buy!

Where can I see galleries of pictures taken with the 16-45?

Any advice about using this lens from previous/current 16-45 owners is most welcome!

If you're curious, you can see my actual purchase - it is eBay Item Number 181265748159 (as of 11/23/2013)

Thanks in advance!

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11-23-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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You did good, assuming lens is in good shape. 16-45 is a little older, and I think discontinued but a well regarded lens.

Reviews are here: SMC Pentax-DA 16-45mm F4 Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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Here is a gallery of images...You are feeling buyer's remorse. However, $158 is a very good price. New, it was running $400 - $450, and has since been discontinued now for about a year or so. Its a very good lens, screw drive - not too much to go wrong with it. It should pair up very nicely with your K5. Cheer up, you scored a pretty good price. They usually go for $200 to about $250 here in the marketplace.

I have had mine for about 6 almost 7 years. It does a great job.

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Without a doubt my favorite zoom lens.

Here is a pentax gallery link to the k-5 with this lens:
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If you're curious, you can see my actual purchase - it is eBay Item Number 181265748159 (as of 11/23/2013)


Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/243445-advi...#ixzz2lVWiUbSb
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I'd say you got a great deal on a great lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by davids8560 Quote
So I just won an eBay auction for a used Pentax lens. It is the SMC DA 16-45 f/4 ED-AL. It cost me $157.89. I'm hoping it will pair up well with my brand new K-5, which I am learning to use. So far I have the 18-55WR. The 16-45 seems like it will be a good lens, but I am not sure if I should have bought it. It was sort of an impulse buy!

Where can I see galleries of pictures taken with the 16-45?

Any advice about using this lens from previous/current 16-45 owners is most welcome!

If you're curious, you can see my actual purchase - it is eBay Item Number 181265748159 (as of 11/23/2013)

Thanks in advance!

David
It's a good lens, the only issue with it is that the zoom range is a bit short at the long end compared to other lenses. Here are some samples:

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You can go to PENTAX : Welcome to the PENTAX Photo Gallery and select the camera and/or lens setup in Camera and Lenses menu.

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Does a good job at close focus too.
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Put the camera on a tripod, zoom to 16mm (lens fully extended.) Make an exposure with the front element of the lens naturally dragged down by gravity. Make another with the front component of the lens propped up against gravity. Compare the extreme top and bottom of the images. If they're the same, you're good in terms of front component wobble. Of course yo should make the usual tests for sharpness across the image, but front component wobble seems to be the main issue with this lens.
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It was my first digital lens that I bought (new) in Dec., 2007. I've used it quite a bit. It's a good wide angle workhorse. In April, 2011 I bought a Pentax new 12-24 and that has more or less replaced my 16-45....but I still use the `16-45.

Last week I used it for my son's post secondary graduation...because it has a nice, if short focal length range. Wide angle to just under normal...ie; portrait. Near perfect for a graduation... groups and portraits.

As you can appreciate, I didn't want anything to go wrong with photographing my son's graduation and I had no worries with my 16-45. I had it attached to my K-5 and it's 'workhorse' capability and excellent clarity came through.

A very good lens and if your example is in good nick...as the Brits say....then you got a good deal on very useful lens.
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You got the hood, excellent - it's expensive to get one separately. This lens is a very cost-effective way to get wider than the 18-55. I got mine because I couldn't get the DA 15mm f4. For most shots those lenses would be close. Here is one where the DA15/4 would have been better in rejecting flare:


I like to use mine to anchor the wide end, then supplement with a 50 or 55mm fast prime, a 90mm macro, a 120 or 135mm fast prime and the DA 50-200mm WR for travel. The 16-45 stays on the camera mostly unless it can't get the shot. I think all of these were with the 16-45, some with a flash. https://picasaweb.google.com/davidstewart9223aolcom/AirAndSpaceAndDulles2?au...eat=directlink

It's sharper than my 18-55. It also does better with automatic lens corrections. I like to use it for stitched panoramas, and can just let Lightroom or Photoshop stick all the shots together with no fuss. Here is one example. It is bigger than the 18-55, unfortunately not WR, and 67mm filters are more expensive.

I paid $220 and I thought it was worth it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
Put the camera on a tripod, zoom to 16mm (lens fully extended.) Make an exposure with the front element of the lens naturally dragged down by gravity. Make another with the front component of the lens propped up against gravity. Compare the extreme top and bottom of the images. If they're the same, you're good in terms of front component wobble. Of course yo should make the usual tests for sharpness across the image, but front component wobble seems to be the main issue with this lens.
So if the images are different, should I return it?

Thanks.
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So if the images are different, should I return it?

Thanks.
Well, it means the wobble is enough to affect the performance. Honestly I couldn't see the difference in my lens at 6mp. At 16mp, I can; whether the lens got looser or the mp bump was more significant, I don't know. Some forum members have reported success in having the lenses repaired, eliminating the wobble.
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QuoteOriginally posted by davids8560 Quote
So if the images are different, should I return it?

Thanks.
The barrel wobble is why I sold my copy of the 16-45 soon after I acquired it.

That being said, you paid a really good price for it. Try it out, and if it isn't too your liking, you can probably make a few $$$ from it through this marketplace.
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