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08-13-2015, 01:49 AM   #1
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DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.

A blatant rip off of the 18-135 thread I know.However I am contemplating upgrading from it to the 16-85 for the extra wide end and better IQ.What are people's thoughts and any images you can share would be appreciated.
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Hi Tim, I got the 16-85 a few months ago and I love the lens. I actually sold my 18-135 and 16-50. I find it to very sharp and like the extra zoom over the 16-50 and the extra wide end over the 18-135. For me its the perfect all purpose lens.
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Thanks Eric.
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QuoteOriginally posted by EricBrown Quote
Hi Tim, I got the 16-85 a few months ago and I love the lens. I actually sold my 18-135 and 16-50. I find it to very sharp and like the extra zoom over the 16-50 and the extra wide end over the 18-135. For me its the perfect all purpose lens.
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How does it compare to the 16-50 in terms of flare?

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I find the DA 16-85 impressively sharp and contrasty. It produces images with great clarity, in some respects matching the prime lenses I have in its range:



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I was thinking of picking up another 16-50 but the photos from this lens do look very nice. The extra reach would be useful. Could be the perfect one-lens hiking rig.

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How does it compare to the 16-50 in terms of flare?
I'm wondering this as well. That was the one thing I didn't like about the 16-50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by timb64 Quote
A blatant rip off of the 18-135 thread I know.However I am contemplating upgrading from it to the 16-85 for the extra wide end and better IQ.What are people's thoughts and any images you can share would be appreciated.
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Hello,
No pics to propose here just yet, but I can give my impression of this lens purchased a month ago and used during vacation period. It is indeed an excellent lens. Very sharp, very crisp, good handling, great color rendition and surprisingly good bokeh. I am quite impressed with this lens. Have used for many years the DA18-135 which is quite nice, but the sharpness and overall rendition of the DA16-85 is clearly superior. I'm sure you'll see some examples of this as people answer on this thread. I can tell you that the DA16-85 coupled with a K-5iis leaves nothing to be desired, the resolution and detail are absolutely monstrous. If you are hesitating, my 2 cents would be : go for it with confidence.
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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
I find the DA 16-85 impressively sharp and contrasty. It produces images with great clarity, in some respects matching the prime lenses I have in its range:


Great shot of the old carnival...that scene looks straight out of a Scooby Doo cartoon, where the bad guy would probably work!
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QuoteOriginally posted by EricBrown Quote
Hi Tim, I got the 16-85 a few months ago and I love the lens. I actually sold my 18-135 and 16-50. I find it to very sharp and like the extra zoom over the 16-50 and the extra wide end over the 18-135. For me its the perfect all purpose lens.
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Eric,

Beautiful images. Nice compositions. Well done my friend. I am tempted to get the lens too based on your images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
I find the DA 16-85 impressively sharp and contrasty. It produces images with great clarity, in some respects matching the prime lenses I have in its range:


Greg,

Beautiful pics my friend. I checked out your site. Great photography. Loved the reviews. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks for all the comments (and pics). It is certainly looking tempting!
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Here's a couple I posted before, 1st one at 16mm the other at 85mm


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QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
How does it compare to the 16-50 in terms of flare?
In my opinion its handles it better since it has the HD coating.

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Eric,

Beautiful images. Nice compositions. Well done my friend. I am tempted to get the lens too based on your images.

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Greg,

Beautiful pics my friend. I checked out your site. Great photography. Loved the reviews. Keep up the good work.
Thank you!!
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments on the posted pics.

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How does it compare to the 16-50 in terms of flare?
Having never shot with the DA 16-50, I can't say how it compares. But the DA 16-85 seems pretty resistant to veiling flare, especially considering the amount of glass in it. It will flare if you point it directly at the sun: not necessarily the colored rings that you often get with zoom lenses, but an orange spot near the bottom of the frame. I've also run into veiling flare when using a non-multi-coated polarizer filter with the lens (shooting a waterfall under cloudy skies, no less). If you're going to use filters with this lens, you may need to get multi-coated ones. For the carnival image I posted above, I used a multi-coated ND filter without issues.
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I really like that lens, it's a versatile lens, here is some shots.







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