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Latest Review Posted HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
I became jealous of my cousin's 16-85mm zoom on her Nikon, and the reviews for this lens made me decide to take the plunge and invest. I have used this lens heavily since I received it, almost to exclusion of others despite my simultaneous purchase of a 55-300 WR lens at the same time. It is the most expensive lens I have ever owned and had high expectations based on that fact and on other reviews.

The bad:

I haven't found the lens as sharp as advertised unless in ideal conditions.
Barrel distortion can be noticeable
I wish it had another stop of aperture. Low light is not this lens' friend.
It is the only 72mm filter size lens I own and thus requires all new filters and adapters.
It does not come with a case like other high end Pentax lenses, which is disappointing.
The quick shift is easy to hit by accident, throwing off several shots for me -- the quick shot being forward like on the 55-300 is a better arrangement, IMO.

The good:

The lens has good performance overall, just not as outstanding as I expected based on rating and reviews.
It has the least trouble with focus hunting of any Pentax autofocus I have used
It is notably quiet and fast while focusing.
The range of the lens is usable in real world conditions
Image quality is generally quite good when conditions are right.
Weather resistance survived immersion in a waterfall while attached to a K-5 body and kept shooting just fine.
Light for its size and complexity.

I would recommend...

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