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DA* 16-50mm - $799
Posted By: Adam, 09-10-2015, 04:10 PM

The DA* 16-50mm F2.8 is now just $799 at both B&H and Adorama:

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



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09-10-2015, 10:26 PM   #2
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wonder it still has SDM issue on recently manufactured ones
09-11-2015, 06:06 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by ruoyun.huang Quote
wonder it still has SDM issue on recently manufactured ones
According to everything I've seen posted here, those issues were fixed years ago.
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The price of this lens has now fallen to a point almost as low as what I paid for it as part of a K200D bundle along with the 50-135. That was 2008 and the 16-50 part of the kit was about $700. The SDM was reportedly fixed when Ricoh came on board. If you have any real interest in this lens, now's to time to pull the trigger.


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I purchased one earlier this year from an open box buy. So far it has performed flawlessly and I love my copy. The price I paid was much lower than this but at this price it does become more of a reasonable buy. I think there were always be some issues with SDM, but most complaints now seem to be it's slow focusing speed. I use mine primarily for landscapes so that is not an issue for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Scorpio71GR Quote
I purchased one earlier this year from an open box buy. So far it has performed flawlessly and I love my copy. The price I paid was much lower than this but at this price it does become more of a reasonable buy. I think there were always be some issues with SDM, but most complaints now seem to be it's slow focusing speed. I use mine primarily for landscapes so that is not an issue for me.

hmmm... indeed tempting ...

my use would be mostly landspace as well, though not sure how much a F2.8 would be useful to me
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QuoteOriginally posted by ruoyun.huang Quote
hmmm... indeed tempting ...

my use would be mostly landspace as well, though not sure how much a F2.8 would be useful to me
The only time I really shoot at f2.8 is indoors in low light or when I want a really shallow depth of field. My experience has been that this lens really peaks at around f6 or so.
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