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DA* 16-50mm - $749
Posted By: Adam, 05-01-2015, 12:41 PM

B&H has dropped the price of the DA* 16-50mm even lower for May. Available for just $749:

Pentax SMCP-DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED SDM Lens 21650 B&H Photo Video



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05-01-2015, 02:42 PM   #2
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Very nice price but I can only hope/assume that these lenses that are being sold brand-new come with their SDM motors fixed?
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The one I bought from B&H in January had a 2011/2012 serial number. The SDM motor problem was supposedly fixed in mid 2012.

That said, there is no "official" notification of a fix, serial numbers are not all sequential like the old Leicas, and less that a third of those lenses failed(my guess). My 50-135 that I bought shortly after its release is still ok. We don't know the real failure rate of these lenses or the Nikon and Canon equivalents.

Out of an abundance of caution, I have just converted my SDM functioning 16-50 to screw drive for my long overseas trip. I'll convert it back when I return.

My take, based on only a small amount of data (the postings on a couple of forums, the serial number list here) is that is a game of chance.
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That's a nice price for my most used lens...

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I opted or Sigma 17-50/2.8 for $300 and had never looked back. The risk of SDM failure and resale value scare me. They need to make a DC version of this lens!
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QuoteOriginally posted by brelip Quote
I opted or Sigma 17-50/2.8 for $300 and had never looked back. The risk of SDM failure and resale value scare me. They need to make a DC version of this lens!
Scary indeed. B&H customer reviews as of 2014 still say SDM is failing multiple times in some cases.
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one month later, the price is back up to $1,296.95. Whew! and to think the Woot-offered reconditioned 16-50 was selling for only $399. These are some crazy price swings.
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Yup, looks like the deal ended. The low prices can't last forever!


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Yup, looks like the deal ended. The low prices can't last forever!
Yup, Pentax lens sales are back in the toilet till Fall!
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