New HD 16-50 in August?


1stEverPentax

Link Posted 01/07/2021 - 13:00
According to photorumors

Will be a lot of users quite pleased to see this lens I suspect.

Nigelk

Link Posted 01/07/2021 - 14:42
I'm certainly very interested. Don't think I'll like the price but, I splashed out on the DA* 11-18mm and it does not disappoint so, if the DA* 16-50mm is made of the same stuff it will be tough to resist

Flan

Link Posted 01/07/2021 - 16:50
If I start saving as of now , I expect by the time of the actual release I might have enough money for two new HD 16-50ís😜

HarisF1

Link Posted 01/07/2021 - 17:46
Flan wrote:
If I start saving as of now , I expect by the time of the actual release I might have enough money for two new HD 16-50ís😜

Very appropriate post time!
All the gear with no idea

Mike-P

Link Posted 01/07/2021 - 17:53
HarisF1 wrote:
Flan wrote:
If I start saving as of now , I expect by the time of the actual release I might have enough money for two new HD 16-50ís😜

Very appropriate post time!

Well noticed
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womble

Link Posted 02/07/2021 - 06:40
I'll start saving. I've yet to find a "standard" zoom I'm happy with and the K-3iii deserves something good.
Kris Lockyear
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Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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tigershoot

Link Posted 03/07/2021 - 20:15
womble wrote:
I'll start saving. I've yet to find a "standard" zoom I'm happy with and the K-3iii deserves something good.

I struggled to find a standard zoom that I was totally happy with. Started out with the kit lens on a K20D which was poor. The edge quality was terrible so I got a DA16-45mm. I loved this lens but I found it flared too much in very bright sunshine (maybe the filter was dud!). I then tried the DA18-135mm but could not cope with the CA. It varied so much that I used to have three different LR settings depending on the focal length used. This was before LR had the automatic CA removal feature.
Then I got the DA16-85mm. My first copy was DOA. SRS sent me another and it was decentered. I got a third copy and I have been stunned by how good it is. My copy is as sharp as any prime I have used. Edge to edge at all focal lengths. I would not consider another lens now. I recommended it to my brother at the same time I got mine (on SRS sale a few years ago for £349). His died but was fixed under warranty. So all in all, it's a cracker of lens with iffy QC.
K3ii, K-5, K-x, DA150-450mm, DA16-85WR, DA16-45, DA18-55WR, DA18-135WR, DA35 F2.4, M100mm F4 Macro, DA55-300mm, FA50mm 1.4, AF360 Flash, AF540 Flash

oldhat

Link Posted 03/07/2021 - 21:11
Another vote for the 16-85 and mine worked straight out of the box!!
Versatile and sharp lens and I almost leave it on the K3 permanently

womble

Link Posted 03/07/2021 - 21:27
My original kit lens for my K10D was surprisingly good. I bought a Sigma somethingorother when I got my K-3 but have never felt it was all that sharp. Mostly I now use primes, especially my 31mm, but there are times when I just want to carry a single camera/lens and a new version of the 16-50 would fit my needs nicely if the quality is up to spec.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the cameraÖ they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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redbusa99

Link Posted 04/07/2021 - 10:07
just picked up a Pentax 17-70mm f4 and find that very good. My test is the tree tops of a wood over a mile away if that image comes out sharp i'm happy and it did with this lens . Like the max aperture through full focal range as well which i missed after breaking my original copy and used Sigma with variable aperture through zoom range. Re 16-50, had one but found 50 a bit too short.
odd lens or 2

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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 04/07/2021 - 16:39
I have the 16-85mm but it lacks the speed I want in a standard zoom, though I keep it for the range and WR. The Sigma 17-50/2.8 is absolutely superb but to have a good range, speed, WR and great optics (and a reliable focus motor) would really be something.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 15/07/2021 - 09:17
Apparently the price for the new 16-50 will be $1400 in the US, considerably more than I'd hoped for. It will also use the KAF4 mount so will only be compatible with newer DSLRs, the ones that can control the aperture electro-magnetically.

More info over at DPR: https://www.dpreview.com/news/7876832835/ricoh-announces-hd-pentax-da-16-50mm-f2...

A Pentax ambassador has had a pre-production one for a few weeks: https://www.mikemuizebelt.nl/pentax-hd-16-50mm-f2-8-ed-plm-aw/

I see that SRS have it on their site with a £5 pre-order deposit, and £1494 balance to pay later (OUCH!): https://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/dpt/lenses/pentax-hd-da-16-50mm-f28-ed-plm-aw-...
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
Last Edited by Jonathan-Mac on 15/07/2021 - 09:20

JonSchick

Link Posted 15/07/2021 - 09:58
Looks like a lovely lens but Iím really struggling with how a price of $1400 USD translates to £1500 GBP. I doubt Ricoh will sell many in the UK at that price but Iím hoping itíll settle down to something a little more realistic over time.
Jon

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