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05-01-2010, 04:53 AM   #1
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Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC, is it a great deal for $300?

I want to upgrade my k-x kit lens, and find out amazon has 16-45mm for $300, is it a great deal? Need some opinions, thanks.

05-01-2010, 05:32 AM   #2
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That price, if is for a new one, is good, here in europe the cheaper price for that lens is 299€, while some retailers still ask for more than 400€.

The sample picture i've seen of the Pentax lens are very good, some are spectacular and i saw better color/contrast/sharpness than the kit-lens, some say @16mm outperform the 16-50.
If you can, go to your local shop and take a couple of shoot with it and the kit-lens, then when you're at home look for differences in the two lens and decide if it's woth buing it.

Alternative lens, to be considered only if you do find them in the same price range, are tamron 17-50 f2.8 and sigma 18-70 f2.8/4 (320€ for the tammy and 300€ for the sigma here).
05-01-2010, 06:56 AM   #3
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Very good price. Amazon has it for $300 now. I bought it from them about three weeks ago, for $360! (I'm happy I got a very good copy, though.) I wasn't expecting prices to go down so much, but now I think there's a good chance they start climbing again.
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That is a great price - when I bought mine several years ago I paid about that much...after rebate. It was the first higher end lens I bought and was worth every penny, it is just a workhorse! I haven't used it as often lately and have been contemplating selling, but everytime I do I end up getting rid of something else and holding onto the 16-45 - probably sentimental at this point. Great lens, even better price. Go for it, no doubt it will go up from there.

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