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07-13-2008, 12:22 AM   #1
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16-50 mm 2,8 in low light

So, how 16-50 mm 2,8 deals with low light un low contrast situations? Is there any focus hunting?
I`a looking for a lens for wedding photo! Also considering to quit Pentax and go to Canon due to Pentax slow focus.


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I haven't done much weeding myself, but let me recommend a Macro lens as it enables you to get really close to flowers etc.
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Joking aside, what body are you using?

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Your questions only prompt further questions, rather than answers, I'm afraid! What Pentax lens are you using right now, that is "so slow" you are considering switching to Canon? What focal lengths have you already tried? You mentioned the 16-50 (Pentax DA* 16-50/2.8 ?); that lens should perform extremely well on the K20 and is my favorite zoom on my K10. A favorite among many Pentaxians and pretty much ideal for weddings, is the Tamron 28-75/2.8. I recently acquired one myself although for my shooting I still prefer the wider 16-50. So far for me the Tamron sometimes mis-focuses in very low light (i.e., 40 watt incandescent indoors), but is generally reliable, and the image quality and utility can't be beat for the price. I must qualify my remarks in that I do NOT do weddings, but if I did I'd probably pick up an extra body first and run with the 16-50 on one body and my DA* 50-135 on the other.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NeverSatisfied Quote
I must qualify my remarks in that I do NOT do weddings, but if I did I'd probably pick up an extra body first and run with the 16-50 on one body and my DA* 50-135 on the other.
Agree with this 100%...
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DA*1650 isn't any faster than some other lenses as far as AF is concerned. I do feel my aging FA*2870/2.8 does AF faster than any other zoom lenses and most prime lenses I've ever tried, but still, its AF speed is no comparison to some fast Canon USM lenses under low light. If you are looking at super fast low light AF performance, better look for Canon or Nikon.

I love Pentax, but I'd love to see Pentax improve on low light AF in its next camera body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by brr Quote
So, how 16-50 mm 2,8 deals with low light un low contrast situations? Is there any focus hunting?
I`a looking for a lens for wedding photo! Also considering to quit Pentax and go to Canon due to Pentax slow focus.
I just did a few photos in low light on a exhibition on old chinese stuff.
No focus issues whatsoever. More problems with hand held photos and slow shutter speeds....

I'm not the world greatest photographer, just for fun and illustration, have a look at: Picasa-webalbums - Bert - China exhibits

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I have the 16-50 DA* and have few focusing problems with the lens, even when the light is miserably dark. Flip out to my Flickr site and check out the fire photo. IMGP0604_DxO_Noise on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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QuoteOriginally posted by bymy141 Quote
I just did a few photos in low light on a exhibition on old chinese stuff.
No focus issues whatsoever. More problems with hand held photos and slow shutter speeds....

I'm not the world greatest photographer, just for fun and illustration, have a look at: Picasa-webalbums - Bert - China exhibits

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Nice pictures. I was shooting at the British museum at art behind glass and could have used a lens like this. I would have already bought one but can't test one here and am worried about ordering a 'bad copy'.
To deal with your slow shutter speeds did you boost your ISO?
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Hunting in low light is inevitable with any lens. This Da* 16-50 is no exception.

However, the contrast from this zoom is impeccable regardless what aperture is used. No concern in this aspect of things.
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