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04-06-2010, 04:45 PM   #16
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I have and use the DA* 16-50. I like the IQ so far though I have nothing similar to compare it to. Only minor complaint is somtimes I see some autofocus issues but I also use it with an older K10D body. One common item I run into is DOF issues. For example, the last shots I took were close up shots of flowers at the NY Botanical Garden. I should have left the camera in aperture priority (Av) but instead used program (P) more. Guess I'm getting too lazy with all this automation. :-) Speaking of DOF, I kind of miss the DOF scale on the top older manual focus lenses. You can easily set hyperfocal for any f-stop on there. The newer lenses are problematic in that the scale is gone. The 16-50 does have a window on the top but no f-stop marks. Other DA lenses (like my 12-24) have nothing at all.

EDIT: To be fair, the 12-24 is probably wide enough to get away withou a DOF scale. The 35mm FA has a good scale on the top.


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a very good lens. maybe you should get a 2year or 3 year warranty for this lense
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Well if you're going to pay for a lens like that I would suggested at least a year no matter what, but if you're wary of the SDM on it, then find out when most people have had problems with it, and plan your warranty accordingly. Although I'm not sure you can really find any reasonably priced ones above 3 years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
Well if you're going to pay for a lens like that I would suggested at least a year no matter what, but if you're wary of the SDM on it, then find out when most people have had problems with it, and plan your warranty accordingly. Although I'm not sure you can really find any reasonably priced ones above 3 years.
Mack warranties are typically for 7 years after the 1 year Pentax warranty is up. I have one on my 16-50. I don't know how Mack is to work with, but Prodigital 2000 includes it on their sales to the US, kind of a nice thing thrown in to sweeten the pot.

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The Mack is what I ended up going with. Got it for $15.
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Picked up my DA* 16~50 yesterday. No complaints so far.

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