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03-19-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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K200d and DA* 16-50mm

I've been strongly leaning towards upgrading my kit normal zoom to the DA* 16-50mm, for reasons of: fair amount wider, weather sealed, faster constant aperture, and the clincher for me: when I'm flipping through PPG or other Pentax photo sites, I'm always drawn to pictures taken with this lens.
It seems to be about the closest to prime "magic" that one can get with a zoom.

I'm not too worried about QC control issues, I'll roll the dice and buy from a reputable dealer.

However, I'm aware that this lens is a beast, and I'm wondering if it is just too big for the k200d? I usually use the vertical grip, so this may help ergonomics a bit.
Are any k200d owners using the DA* 16-50? How do you like it? Worth the $$$?
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03-19-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Buy one if you can afford it. It balances well on the K200D + grip, and you don't need any more convincing from us. The results speak for themselves. You've seen it with your own eyes.
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Buy one if you can afford it. It balances well on the K200D + grip, and you don't need any more convincing from us. The results speak for themselves. You've seen it with your own eyes.
Yeah, but most of the shots i see are on the k20d, which has a different sensor. I've liked the shots I see from the K10d as well, but I also had questions on handling with the smaller k200d body. some cameras just don't jive as well with different lenses, and hopefully the k200d and da* play nice
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Yeah, but most of the shots i see are on the k20d, which has a different sensor. I've liked the shots I see from the K10d as well, but I also had questions on handling with the smaller k200d body. some cameras just don't jive as well with different lenses, and hopefully the k200d and da* play nice
K200 has the same sensor as K10.

03-19-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
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K200 has the same sensor as K10.
I know, i should have gone back and edited. Even so, cameras with the same sensor can turn out different pictures. when i mentioned the k10d, I was more referring the handling.
Sorry if my writing isn't clear, its finals week at UCSB and my brain is slowly shutting down.
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why not wait for the 15mm Limited since its about the same money if size is an issue. crop to get the 50mm effect.
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I've had the K200D and DA*16-50 for @8 months and for me it's the basis for a great kit. I pretty much leave the 16-50 on the camera until I need or want to change lenses. I have the grip and use it often, but can't fit the camera w/grip in my bag easily. The lens is something of a beast, but not overly so and I've gotten used to using it w/o the grip.
To me it's in no way too big for the K200D and definitely worth the $$.

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