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View Poll Results: Is this DA*16-50mm good or bad?
Keep it -- it's good. 2388.46%
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09-16-2008, 07:07 AM   #901
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I love my 16-50 f2.8. Its my walk around lens despite its large size. The range is perfect for me and I highly recommend it. Of course we all know about the issues with getting bad copies so if you can get someone to buy it for you in the US and then give it a quick run down to make sure there aren't any issues I say go for it.

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Hi,
Just a note about Sigma 24-60: I saw it on Amazon for $200 + s/h, sold by Cameta Camera. I wonder if there's some kind of catch.
Good luck,
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QuoteOriginally posted by sinus007 Quote
Hi,
Just a note about Sigma 24-60: I saw it on Amazon for $200 + s/h, sold by Cameta Camera. I wonder if there's some kind of catch.
Good luck,
No catch, that's the price quite a few ppl got it for. Mine should arrived tomorrow^^ Best value for money f2.8 stand zoom lens^^

Comparing Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 and Tamron 17-50mm f2.8;
The Sigma is a brighter lens and will be useful if you take shots in low light/high ISO condition. I came to this conclusion during a dog show event where I was using Tamron and my wife using Sigma. Her shots came out brighter (due to falloff I think) which helped lessen the noise in ISO1600 of K10D.

The Tamron is sharper and lighter. The weight factor will be useful if you are doing events for like 10-12 hrs.

If you do indoor events a lot I suggest you get either the DA* 16-50mm or Tamron 17-50mm or Sigma 18-50mm. 24mm or 28mm maybe troublesome in some room shots^^;
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Thanks everybody. Fantastic input. I've ordered the Sigma 24-60 at 200usd. I'll probably have to use it as my walk-around lens for a bit to get a feel for the limitations of the zoom range, compared to the 17-70.

If it doesn't work for me, I shouldn't be at to big a loss :-)

Maybe I should see if anybody want to trade my 70-200/2.8 for a good pentax 16-50/2.8...

09-16-2008, 10:50 AM   #905
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I too bought the Sigma 24-60 at $199. What a great lens at a super bargain! I feel like I cheated on somebody somehow. Oh well--guilt trip over. I love the lens!!
09-30-2008, 11:37 AM   #906
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a different DA* 16-50 question

Hi everybody,

I have been shooting with a 16-45 for the last year and a half and although I love the lens optically, it has been degrading mechanically for the last year.

For starters, the tabs on both the body and the lens hood have worn enough so that the hood falls right off when nudged. I've resorted to taping it on, since Pentax repair claims this is "normal wear"

The more serious problem is the amount of play I have in the barrel. It's enough to see quite a bit of jitter in the image and this is unnerving.

For people who own the DA* 16-50, have any of you found this lens to degrade in a similar way to the 16-45? I am seriously considering upgrading to this lens, but I'd like to know if I'll just run into the same problems in a year from now.

Thanks so much,
Owen
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Hey there
Can not comment on 16-45mm but I have used and abused my 16-50mm and it is still pristine!
09-30-2008, 02:27 PM   #908
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QuoteOriginally posted by Substitute Quote
Hey there
Can not comment on 16-45mm but I have used and abused my 16-50mm and it is still pristine!
That shows how tough the zoom is!

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Never used the 16-45, but my 16-50 is still going strong.
09-30-2008, 10:21 PM   #910
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My 16-50 is strong as and never a problem... a solid well constructed lens.

My second favourite zoom
09-30-2008, 10:28 PM   #911
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No complaints about my 16-50mm it has held up wonderfully.
10-01-2008, 02:17 PM   #912
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Got 16-50mm... Good or bad?

Just got this today.
Its an old serial but seems to be a decent copy to my eyes... not sure what to expect wide open though not that sharp in corners but decent in middle.. very good at f5.6. Did notice alot of CA at 16mm f2.8 in the corners.. normal?

Serial: 9018166

Handheld, no pp at all except last photo with exposure push



16mm f2.8


Wall test:

16mm f2.8


28mm f2.8


50mm f2.8


16mm f5.6


28mm f5.6


50mm f5.6


Flare test
16mm f8 pushed 3 stops exposure in PP.


Any thoughts? good bad?

Not sure what a good example should look like at f2.8.

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10-01-2008, 02:23 PM   #913
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Looks good to me.
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To be honest it seems ok to me but I am really only going by your last shot of the bricks... the other shots mate are to hard for me to judge.


If you have a good one and it looks like it you will love this lens, it hardly comes of my camera
10-01-2008, 03:00 PM   #915
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The 16-50 is a heavy, well made, solid lens, but I thought that I had heard about o-rings separating, something to that effect several months back. Can't find those posts now.

Anyway, it's well made and is sealed, so it's one lens I don't worry about too much.
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