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12-28-2008, 05:05 AM   #1
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Your biggest disappointment lens of 2008

My biggest disappointment lens of 2008 is the DA*16-50. I read all the issues and non issues that people where having with this lens before I bought it. The lenses that worked produced some really beautiful shots. That 16-50 range sounded so good and so I bought one. When I first got mine the focus was spot on and produced some really nice shots. Then the AF started acting up. I thought it might be me at first. But the more I used it the more I was starting to get annoyed that something was just not right. It would AF and then it would not. Finally the AF just died. Sent it back to Pentax in the middle of this month and still waiting to get it back. I could of used it for Christmas shots. Yeah I know things do happen, but being the the top of the line * lens it has been a very frustrating experience to say the least. I trust my kit lens more that I do this lens. It's being sold when I get it back. What's your biggest lens disappointment of 2008?

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Charlie, shouldn't you keep the lens once you get it back? It will be fixed and working properly, yet you'll let somebody else enjoy and you will settle for a lens of lesser quality.

Just sayin'...
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Well, in 2008, I purchased the Tamron 28-75 f2.8, Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Pentax DA 70 Ltd., and Pentax DA* 50-135mm. Love them all, so no disappointments for me in 2008.
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60-250 F4

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I'm Happy with my lens line up. My 1st 16-50 was a lemon, but #2 is brilliant. Had a no hassle exchange. I would buy it again.

Charlie - Your 16-50 should be in top condition when you get it back. You already know you like the IQ...Have you lost all confidence in the lens, that you want to sell it?
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Charlie, shouldn't you keep the lens once you get it back? It will be fixed and working properly, yet you'll let somebody else enjoy and you will settle for a lens of lesser quality.

Charlie - Your 16-50 should be in top condition when you get it back. You already know you like the IQ...Have you lost all confidence in the lens, that you want to sell it?
Your both are right.... sorry frustration is talking right now. Once I get it back then I will decide....
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My candidate is a lens owned for years. The Sigma apo 400 5.6 for Olympus. Got it out to try on the digital E330. Shots looked awful. Very, very low in contrast. Didn't think more of it untill seeing a post about these lenses having a very high rate of balsam between elements degrading. Yupp, mines now toast. Can't be fixed. Elements would have to be seperated, repolished to remove bad balsam then "reglued". No one can do it economically.

Have three 3 Sigma lenses (2 older) they now all have problems. Made up my mind to not buy a bigma nor any other Sigma lens. Just not worth it.

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Biggest disappointment for me in 2008: Sigma 400mm f/5.6 AF non-APO. It's an old design I bought used, but in very good shape. I liked the build and handling; autofocused well but was still nice to focus manually. Pretty sharp wide open, too. Unfortunately, purple fringing was very, very bad. I sold it, hopefully to somebody with more dedication to postprocessing.

To replace it I bought the Tokina 400mm f/5.6 SD. It's manual focus, but the IQ is excellent. If I could now find it in AF...

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M40/2.8

M40/2.8, bought used.

I always wanted to see what all the fuss over this lens was about, so I bought one on this Forum.

On my K10D I don't think it is anything special. 60mm equivalent seems to have no real purpose.

If I did more street shooting it might work on my MESuper - almost as a pocket camera since my MESuper is sort of beat up anyway (and I might keep it just for that) but I surely don't understand why this lens commanded such a premium price for so many years on the auction sites.

Perhaps someone on this thread will enlighten me.
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60-250 F4
You beat me to it Dave. Do you think it will be the biggest disappointment lens of 2009 as well?
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Hi Charlie,
Don't get frustrated. I had exactly the same story with my 16-50 last summer. I've got it back in about 3 weeks and it works like a charm since then (knock on wood). The good part of this sad story is that I've got stuck with FA 50 1.4 for 3 weeks.
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One - LensBaby "Composer"...

I've been expecting this lens with anticipation, but: While optically it is very nice, and ball/socket makes choosing and isolating subject a breeze, focusing mechanism executed very poorly. After only one week of use, it became very loose, specially on closer distances, and optical element actual "jumps" while moving focusing ring left to right. Replacement lens came quickly, but after one week, same thing, loose again. If this was under $100 lens, I think I would deal with it, but at the price tag of $270 - I'm expecting precision focusing, it's going back. And looks like the LensBaby 2.0 will be used as it has before (for me anyway)

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
M40/2.8, bought used.

I always wanted to see what all the fuss over this lens was about, so I bought one on this Forum.

On my K10D I don't think it is anything special. 60mm equivalent seems to have no real purpose.

If I did more street shooting it might work on my MESuper - almost as a pocket camera since my MESuper is sort of beat up anyway (and I might keep it just for that) but I surely don't understand why this lens commanded such a premium price for so many years on the auction sites.

Perhaps someone on this thread will enlighten me.
I was also curious about this lens, but gave up trying to get one as I wasn't ready to pay $150-200 just to satisfy my curiosity. As fate would have it, I ended up getting one as collateral baggage on an LX I "won". It's been on my ME Super for about a month...and I still haven't shot anything with it Haven't mounted it on my K10D, as I too wondered what I would do with 60mm-equiv.
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