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Pentax smc DA 16-45 mm f/4 ED AL

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA 16-45 mm f/4 ED AL
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 16 - 45 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view 83 - 35 o
Closest focusing distance 0.28 m
Maximum magnification 1:3.8
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 13 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 92 x 72 mm
Weight 365 g
Additional information
Average rating (7 owners reviews)
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Overall

4.29 Good
Owners reviews (7)
  1. Michael Shea
    Michael Shea 9 January 2013, 10:05
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    IP 94.175.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: £185
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Chromatic aberrations occasionally visible in corner areas of high contrast. This however is easily corrected in Lightroom or ACR. The zoom barrel moves outwards at shorter focal lengths, which is counter intuitive and feels slightly odd at first.

    Pros: Very little distortion evident and lovely colour rendering. Centre sharpness is as good as any Pentax K-mount lens I've tried yet. Embarrassingly it's far better than the overrated 21mm f3.2 prime lens in this latter respect. A vast optical improvement on the K-5 standard kit offering, and actually more pleasing to my eye in the corners at overlapping focal lengths than the pricier Sigma 10-20mm f3.5. A bargain if you can still pick up one. Note that mine is the rarer Samsung-branded version, which superficially appears slightly better built but is to all intents and purposes optically identical.

    Summary: Highly recommended, especially if like me you baulk at the cost of the 16-50mm Pentax zoom that has superseded it.

  2. Northcoastgreg
    Northcoastgreg 17 July 2012, 20:12
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    IP 149.136.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $380
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slight loss of resolution on the long end of the zoom; optically not quite "prime" good

    Pros: Excellent corner to corner sharpness when stopped down a bit; less field curvature issues than most zooms in its class.

    Summary: Best value zoom for landscape work; not as well suited for other types of photography.

  3. Vytas
    Vytas 12 March 2012, 11:46
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    IP 82.135.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: $350
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Low distortions, excellent sharpness.

    Pros: Build quality could be better. Now its on pair with the kit lens.

    Summary: Very good lens, if you are treating your gear not too harshly.

  4. Camera Matt
    Camera Matt 25 January 2011, 19:31
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    IP 86.145.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: £200
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Non

    Pros: until pentax brought the 16-50 da* out there was no other option, most Pentaxians who own this this Lens Love it mine rarely comes off my K10D GP Ltd

    Summary: very Sharp, Constant appeture, now discontinued but its popularity is sch that i recentley recieved an offer for more than i paid for it new!!

  5. toxic
    toxic 30 March 2010, 17:07
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    IP 91.91.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: c.a

    Pros: very good zoom for price

    Summary: 16-45

  6. rei
    rei 19 March 2010, 12:56
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    IP 91.91.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: good zoom

    Pros: no

    Summary: 12_24

  7. René
    René 11 January 2010, 18:26
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    IP 77.251.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: it's a zoom, not too fast. 45 mm is on the short side

    Pros: very good build and optical quaility. Good feeling of quality , Pentax feeling

    Summary: a fine 16-76,5 mm lens.