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06-15-2009, 06:36 PM   #16
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In my opinion the DA 16-45mm f4.0 is a much better lens than the 18-55mm I kit lens. I don't know about the II version of kit lens. I also find the additional 2mm of width quite useful.

I will post a couple of shots I took recently using the 16-45mm. I just need to do a quick conversion from RAW.

BTW There is a forum member selling his in the Pentax Marketplace at a pretty good price. He's in the US and so are you. It's NIB.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographers-marketplace/63137-sale-trad...a-16-45mm.html



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These reviews may be a little techinical, but they provide some sample photos that you'll be able to compare and comprehensive analysis and conclusions. I usually just skip to the "Sample Images & Verdict" page.

Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL - Review / Test Report

Pentax SMC-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL - Review / Test Report
06-15-2009, 10:13 PM   #18
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This was shot at 16mm, f5.6, ISO 100, EV +1.5, 1/750s.
In RAW, I removed some of the haze, increased the contrast, did lens correction for fringing and a bit of CA, and touched the sharpening lightly, all uprezzed to 25.1MP. In CS4 I touched the sharpening a bit and increased the contrast a touch again. Then shrank the image to this size, converted to 8 bits and sRGB. Then realized the image was too big (size and bytes), so reduced it further , and further , until it was just the right size to upload. It really looks good bigger.


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06-16-2009, 06:17 AM   #19
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+1 for the 16-45 being clearly more sharp and contrasty than the kit lens.
16-50's not been shown to be appreciably sharper than the 16-45, though the difference is in the X-factor, the 'pop' that images produced by the 16-50 have.

If you're tossing up between the 16-50 and 16-45, and aren't balking at the prices of these, then I'd say you could take the plunge for the 16-50. I've had both lenses, and while I loved the results I got from my 16-45, I appreciate my 16-50 just a little more.

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The 16-50 is out of my price range. I just did not want to pay for the 16-45 if it was only negligibly better than the kit lens.

I am starting to lean towards the 16-45 and will make a decision soon.

Thanks for the info guys.
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There are also the new Weather Resistant Kit lenses coming out soon.

For travel the DA Limiteds would work well too.
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Well the quandary is no more. I saw a 16-45mm for $297 on ebay and I decided it was time to stop overthinking it. With shipping it was $312 and with the 8% back from bing.com it will end up costing $288.

Now I am good from 16mm up to 200mm. I think that should hold me over for awhile. My next purchase is going to be a nice pelican case so I can take all my gear with me on the road.

Thanks for all the tips.
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You will be very pleased with your purchase. I went from kit lens to 16-45mm with the intention of upgrading to the DA* 16-50mm. Well, the image quality of the 16-45mm stopped my upgrading dead in its tracks.



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oops i missed the second page
By the way if you find the speed of the 16-45 a bit limiting indoors a flash might be a good purchase.

Cheers

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