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03-26-2010, 02:38 AM   #1
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So I just got a DA* 16-50mm...........

What warranty do you suggest I get to go along with it? I'm not trusting of the SDM one little bit.

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Nor should you.
I'd say go for as long as is offered - 3 or 5 years.
Then again, SDM may decide to pack it in after these warranty periods - no way of telling.
Or it may just go on and on without missing a beat...
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Agree with Ash. Just get it as long as possible..... cost permits obviously.
I know some Gold Credit Cards provide additional warranty as well... for free. Why not take advantage of that too? (assuming you have such cards )
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I wonder how long it'll be before any aftermarket warranty company refuses to warranty any more Pentax lenses

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I'll admit I'm a bit worried about the problems I've been reading about this lens but I'm about ready to buy one anyway. I have a big gap in my collection that this lens would fill nicely. I shall get the entended warranty and hope for the best.

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A good copy is worth every cent you pay for it - the 16-50 is simply the best wide-normal zoom I have used on any system in terms of IQ. Sure, it may lag behind in AF performance, but it's certainly no slouch and is accurate each time.
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Can't complain one bit about the IQ, at least in the 20 minutes I got to play with it before bed last night. But no issues with any of the warranty companies out there? Heard Mack wasn't all that hot about 2 years ago, but they're a safe bet now?
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Ash, I can't second what you said about it being slow but accurate.
On a paid shoot indoors in what I wouldn't call a dimly lit room it's AF failed on my multiple times. I even reshoot the scene but each time the focus was way behind my choosen subject. May also be due to the actually big focus point areas but nevertheless it is annoying.

Besides these AF quirks in artificial light and some strong distortion and CAs at 16mm and softness and CA at 50mm it's great.
Sounds worse than it is really. But even though I bought it used I don't think it is worth the ~$650 I paid I don't regret having bought it.

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I can't refute your findings with the 16-50 - I experienced much the same on an indoor shoot with faint modeling lights. The 16-50 just struggled to lock focus at times and made me go to quick shifting to get focus right. Annoying, but I figure having it on a K-7 would easily solve that problem.

Nevertheless, I too cannot say I've second guessed myself at any stage for going for the 16-50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
The 16-50 just struggled to lock focus at times and made me go to quick shifting to get focus right. Annoying, but I figure having it on a K-7 would easily solve that problem..
Are you saying that the auto focus failures in low light (2.8) will go away on a K-7? Is this accepted as fact? Can anyone confirm or refute this?

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Well I bit the bullet today and ordered the DA* 16~50 zoom. This should fill a big hole at the wide end of my collection and I'm pretty excited. I'm also a bit anxious about the problems with SDM I have been reading about. The lens comes with a 2 year warranty so that should be time enough to find out if we have any issues. We shall see.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
I can't refute your findings with the 16-50 - I experienced much the same on an indoor shoot with faint modeling lights. The 16-50 just struggled to lock focus at times and made me go to quick shifting to get focus right. Annoying, but I figure having it on a K-7 would easily solve that problem.

Nevertheless, I too cannot say I've second guessed myself at any stage for going for the 16-50.
QuoteOriginally posted by germar Quote
Are you saying that the auto focus failures in low light (2.8) will go away on a K-7? Is this accepted as fact? Can anyone confirm or refute this?

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I've heard that the AF is better on K-7 but can't really confirm. I would like if anybody could really confirm it though
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What the K-7 does in low-light is use the dedicated AF-assist light, which is faster and more reliable than its predecessors' popup flash AF assist. For this reason alone all lenses will focus faster in low light with the K-7 than any other Pentax dSLR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
What the K-7 does in low-light is use the dedicated AF-assist light, which is faster and more reliable than its predecessors' popup flash AF assist. For this reason alone all lenses will focus faster in low light with the K-7 than any other Pentax dSLR.
Mine works nicely on all my DSLRs. Either the K7 with it's AF Assist lamp (It's about damn time Pentax!!), or with the AF assist from one of the Pentax flashes.

I think too many people spend too much time worrying about silly shit they read on the internet. A lens is a microsecond slower on camera or brand A than on camera or brand B, so it must be junk. If you're worried about the SDM, get the warranty and just enjoy the lens.

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Just received my DA* 16-50 too and used it at Disneyland. Love it! But like many others who are concerned, I'm planning to purchase an extended warranty through Square Trade. They typically have 30% off coupons floating around on the internet and give you 90 days from the date of purchase to buy the warranty. I heard bad things about Mack warranty, so staying away from there.
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