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03-13-2007, 03:53 AM   #1
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Who all's buying the DA*16-50/2.8?

I've been waiting for the 16-50/2.8 for a while now, and it's (almost) here now.

My current "workhorse" lens is the DA16-45, one fantastic zoom (yes RH, it's every bit as good as L, I know because I owned some ;-) But at F4 it's reached it's limit for my natural light, bokeh-heavy stock shooting needs.

Especially when it's in the company of such lenses as FA50/1.4 and the 77ltd. I use the two primes at F2.2 most of the time, by which time both are getting really sharp while the zoom can only hope to compare and/or keep up with that kind of performance by something like F6.3+. Needless to say, time to upgrade. I "need" the 16-50/2.8 immediately so I'll buy it fairly soon, the DA*50-135, however, can wait; I'm nicely covered there by the FA50/1.4, 77/1.8 and the 70-200/2.8 Sigma.

Initially, I wanted to keep the 16-45/4 for "travel", however, finances simply don't allow that right now, if I need it at some point later on, I'll get it then again, but for now, if it's not gonna be used regularly, it's gotta go. :-)

So who else here's buying it?


03-13-2007, 04:29 AM   #2
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Im in line for it, same reasons pretty much as yours.
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I'm not too interested, I've turned into one of those prime fanatics ;-)

I am interested to see others use it and hear how it performs though..

For myself I eagerly await the new SDM 35mm and the 200mm...
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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
I'm not too interested, I've turned into one of those prime fanatics ;-)

I am interested to see others use it and hear how it performs though..

For myself I eagerly await the new SDM 35mm and the 200mm...
The 200mm is another lens I am aiming for (along with the 35), until that time the Sigma works very well.


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I'm very interested, but not financially able to be anything more than interested. I will read what every one has to say about it with very great interest tho. I too am fairly covered for the 50-135, I've got the FA 50 1.4, the Tamron 90mm 2.8, and the 50-200. I'd like to get either the 77 ltd or the DA 70 pancake ltd to fill the hole between 50 and 90 tho. Or, if I can find one the FA 28-105 3.2-4.5.

NaCl(of course if I hit lotto, all this changes)H2O
03-13-2007, 05:31 AM   #6
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When I buy K10 (in the next year or so) I'm defenitely getting a DA* 16-50/2.8 with it unless of course it prooves to be big dissapointmen (very unlikely).
For now Sigma 18-50/2.8 DC EX on my *Ist DS does the job.
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I might get Da* 16-50 if it is ever going to be available in Australia. I would prefer 50-135 than 16-50

I wanna have Da*200 and 300
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Pretty much sitting on the fence: on one hand I would love not to have to change lenses all the time, on the other hand it should be as good as it gets in this range to make me replace some of the primes.

I have F 28mm F2.8, FA 35mm F2, FA 50mm F1.4 and hope to get soon DA 70mm F2.4.

I am not sure where 50-135mm would fit: it is not long enough and remains to be seen if a great portraiture lens. I would rather buy a DA*70-200mm F2.8.

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Like others, I'm waiting for the finances to get right before ordering anything else! That said, the Star 16-50 and 50-135, the new 35mm Macro Limited and the rest of the "Three Amigos" (31mm, 43mm and 77mm Limiteds) to go with my 43mm Limited, plus ALL the "pancake stack" Limiteds are on my short list, with the Limiteds taking priority.
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Well, I did a lot of soul searching on this one... and a lot of time playing with Exposure plot.

Turns out, based on my last 3 years worth, I'd loose about 15% of my shots in the 50-70mm range, and I haven't done a lot between 17 and 28mm (I have 20mm and 24mm primes). So I'm opting out. I went for the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 XR di instead. Got it last night. Just playing around, seems very nice.

I'm think very hard about the 60-250, next fall, to suppliment my Sigma 70-200 EX.
03-13-2007, 11:05 AM   #11
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asad_Masede Quote
I've been waiting for the 16-50/2.8 for a while now, and it's (almost) here now.

So who else here's buying it?

Uh..... Not me.

My DA 16-45 has fewer than 100 shots taken with it so far. Maybe in a couple of years "IF" I upgrade to a better camera.
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I'll be getting the 50-135 first, because I think it will be perfect for sports inside a gymnasium. The range is good, and f/2.8 is good because I'd use it more in enclosed, inherently darker spaces. I discovered a need for a longer tele yesterday; but I can hang on to the 100-300mm I've got for those purposes, even though it is slow. I'm hoping I can lay hands on one around June/July.

The 16-50 is an eventual, probable purchase (September. FYI, for the generous, my birthday is in Sept!). It'll be a replacement for the kit lens. The f/4 lens that covers this range now would really only be a stopgap until I can get the f/2.8, or find a suitable third-party lens, and I don't have enough money for a stopgap ($250 or less, and I might reconsider).
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I am definitely considering buying the DA* 16-50 after my self-imposed moratorium on buying lenses expires on the 1st of May.

The decision will be between the 16-50 and the DA 14mm and DA 21mm. I am well covered in the 28mm to 90mm range (FA 35/2, FA 50/1.4, FA 77/1.8, Tam 28-75/2.8, Tam 90/2.5) and the DA 50-200 will take me beyond on the few occasions that I shoot beyond 90mm.

I am waiting to see the performance of the 16-50 compared with the 14 and the 21, esp. with respect to barrel distortion wide open.

Good times...
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I'm betting this lens will be terrific, but I probably won't be buying one owing to its size and weight. If memory serves from my scan of the specs, the new lens - with hood - weighs in at more than a pound (600 g); together, my DA 16-45 and DA 50-200 (again, with hoods) add up to only 75 g more (675 g total).

The extra speed of the DA* lenses is enticing, but my weary old back is more interested in saving weight than ultimate optical performance (which I'm not good enough to exploit most of the time anyway). Anyway, I've got a reasonably good collection of fast primes for speed; all except the A* 85/1.4, are relatively light.

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Too expensive for me,

But if you guys are getting rid of your DA16-45's, i would be interested in
getting one

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