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03-18-2014, 07:43 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noam Quote
Oh, yeah for a moment I forgot about that one.

The only problem is that this is not really an official statement, just a quick word from a local technician
A local technician who is not directly employed by Pentax!!

The same guy who said the same thing in 2010 ? , One wonders how many times Pentax allegedly updates the motor or if 15 minutes of fame makes people say anything.

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I have no reason to say that the SDM is fixed or not, except that the forum chatter about failures seems to have gotten less over time. That maybe is because of a fix, maybe it is because they are just selling fewer of these lenses, or maybe more folks are just converting them to screw drive.

As to the lens itself, it is a nice lens. Biggest faults are weakness at the very wide end (gets better stopped down) and tendency to flare (I think most zooms in this range zoom a fair amount compared to primes). Still, I have used it a lot over the last four or five years and it has been quite dependable and given my a lot of photos that I treasure.


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Which Ricoh rep is this? The Forums have a few bugs to report.
Tohru Kodama . Atleast that is the display name, and it is a part of the official e-mail address. I could ask him, if it is ok, to publish his contact information here. I highly doubt that he would object, but still.
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Tohru Kodama . Atleast that is the display name, and it is a part of the official e-mail address. I could ask him, if it is ok, to publish his contact information here. I highly doubt that he would object, but still.
That would be great, thanks.

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That would be great, thanks.
Message with a request sent. Considering my positive experience with this very representative, I really hope to get a positive answer.
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DA* 16-50 ordered, hope to have it by Friday.
03-19-2014, 06:35 AM   #22
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DA* 16-50 ordered, hope to have it by Friday.
It's a great lens. The range is extermely useful, most don't have a need to go any wider and it is built like a tank.
And if the SDM dies, you can alsways convert it to screwdrive and never have to worry about it again
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you can alsways convert it to screwdrive and never have to worry about it again
A good reason to keep a K10/K20

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
A good reason to keep a K10/K20
I bought a cheapo K100D (non-super) for the sole reason of converting my lens Totally worth the price...especially if i want to someday buy a 50-135mm as well.
03-19-2014, 07:17 AM   #25
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That lens seems very capable, but just like you, after reading those bad verdicts accusing it of unreliable, it makes anyone thinking twice. I would really like they fixed those problems with the da*16-50
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I don't plan on converting mine, I want the silent focusing. Screw drive is too noisy. If the SDM dies after the warranty, I am more than likely to get it fixed rather than convert it, plus I don't have access to an older body for conversion.
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I don't plan on converting mine, I want the silent focusing. Screw drive is too noisy. If the SDM dies after the warranty, I am more than likely to get it fixed rather than convert it, plus I don't have access to an older body for conversion.
In the meantime (between now and some potential future failure that may or may not ever come) you'll have a lens you can get good use out of!
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I love my DA*16-50. The handling, colours and IQ are great. The SDM failed, and I converted it to screw drive. For what it's worth, it is much quieter than my screw drive DA and FA limiteds, probably because of the materials used and the size of the lens.
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I purchased my DA*16-50 over two years ago from B&H I haven't had any issues with it and it has had a significant amount of use. I did the comparison thing with all the other similar lenses but in the end the weather sealing I thought was going to be handy. We spent a week in Orlando at all the Magic Kingdom parks and it rained two out 5 days and I was one of the few people at the park that didn't have to run inside and hide my camera. They ultimately turned out to be some of the best photos because there wasn't anyone else in the way.
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I've had the DA*16-50/2.8 for about four years now. I've yet to have any issues SDM or otherwise with my copy. So far the only anxieties I have come from reading in threads like this one.. The lens is expensive. I got mine ages before the price increase and thought is was expensive then. Other than the price my only concerns are I find there is more distortion at 16mm than I would like. It is also pretty heavy the lug around all day. That being said It is well built, weather sealed and produces some pretty fine images for me. I've not had any SDM issues to date but there is a cloud hanging over the lens on this point. I would be curious no know what percentage of these lenses have had SDM problems.

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