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05-02-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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penta 16-50mm lens alternative

hi all ..new member here...i just purchased a 50-135mm 2.8 pentax lens and will have it next week ..cant wait ..i was going to order the 16-50 2.8 but after reading alot of bad reviews does anyone have any ideas for an alternantive purchace from sigma or another company that would be just as good as far as sharpness...i own a 70mm da 2.4 lens and love it for portraits ..it makes my kit lens 18-55 and the 50-200 look like crap ...thats why i have been upgrading to new better lens....i just dont want to spend all the money on the 16-50 and get a bad one ...im hoping my 50-135 will be as good as everyone says it is
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welcome to the forum.
the Sigma 17-70 (2.8-4.5?) comes well recommended as well as the Pentax 16-45 4.0 if you need wider coverage but slower. There's a Tamron 17-50 2.8 out, but there have been some reports of poor Qualtiy Control. Sigma also has a 18-50 2.8 , but i hear very positive remarks and then some really negative remarks. Pentax will also be releasing a 17-70 4.0 soon
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thanks for the reply ...i think i will look at getting a sigma ..it would be nice to get the pentax 16-50 but for the money and risk of getting a bad one ...id rather not take the chance
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You might also consider the 16-45 f/4.0 lens from Pentax. People seem to like it as well.

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I've tried the Sigma 17 - 70 and have been very impressed with it as well.
And if memory serves me correctly it isn't even all that expensive
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a shame

i really wanted the pentax 16-50
to go with my 50-135
05-02-2008, 04:52 PM   #7
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maybe purchase the lens somewhere you can test it before you buy
of course this precludes you from any deals online which are probably much cheaper
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Personally, I'd try for the 16-50 then. I don't think the actual failure rate is as high as it seems
in this forum - people tend to come here to post about the problems, and that makes it seem
worse than it actually is. If you really want it, order one, test it, and if it's a lemon, repeat. I got
a great one on my third try, and I'm very happy I put forth the effort. Most people get a good
one on the first try, believe it or not.

Here's what to expect from a good one:









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05-02-2008, 08:42 PM   #9
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wow great shots ...i think i will take a chance and get one

thanks all for the info
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Give DA* 16-50 a chance

I think you will love SDM and build quality which come with DA* 50-135, so give 16-50 a chance.
05-05-2008, 01:45 PM   #11
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well i changed my mind

i ordered the sigma 18-50 ex dc macro 2.8 lens for my k10d

i will take some photos when i get it to show you guys .....i hope it was a good choice on my part cant wait ....im also getting my 50-135 2.8 pentax lens tommorow super happy

thanks all
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Can't you cancel that order? I had one of the Sigmas. It's a very good lens but my replacement DA16-45 f4 is better and a good copy of the DA*16-50 is clearly superior.
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Do we have any alternative to 16-50 with dust-resistant construction??

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