Bhutan with Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM




Bhutan with Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM

Photo: The mighty Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM

20th February 2014, Singapore – Launched in 2008, the Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM has never aged. In fact this wonder lens is still current and very much relevant to Pentax photographers. Created as a DA* lens, this lens is under Pentax’s professional line of optics. Equivalent to 24-75mm on 35mm format, the 16-50mm is no doubt the best lens for all its digital SLR cameras. Fully compatible with all new Pentax DSLRs & all the back-run camera bodies, this is a very affordable lens that promises excellent images and interesting colors.


A weather proof lens, the lens build is of excellent quality and it seems like the lens can take lots of heavy uses (& abuses too). The SP coating (Pentax Super Coating) further proves that this lens was designed for outdoor too as it repels dusts, dirt, water dews and even grease. The SDM (Silent Drive Motor) are another point worth mentioning. The focusing is extremely fast and near total silence when in operation. To compare blankly, the SDM is as fast, as quiet & as efficient as Canon’s USM, Nikon’s SWM & Sony’s SSM.

Picture: A local Bhutanese processing the rice grains.

Picture: Took a shot of my wife while she shoots the padi field with her Pentax Q. This lens is great for portraits too.
The Pentax 16-50mm produces contrasty and sharp images with no loss of details. Use it with the creative filters in most Pentax cameras, your next set of travel photos can be exciting like mine too.

Picture: A shy monk stand watch while I took the shot.

Picture: A Bhutanese temple.

Photo: A giant Buddha overlooking the city of Paro, Bhutan.

Internally, Pentax 16-50mm creates beautiful bokehs with its 9 blades aperture and I was really hoping that Pentax will release a F2 version so that at 50mm, this lens can double up as a big aperture portrait lens. Pentax spared no effort on the optics too, this mid sized lens has 15 elements in 12 groups, among the glasses, and there are 2 Aspherical elements and 1 SD element, impressed? No? Well with all the goodies included, this lens only weights a mere 565g – light enough for shooting in any situation & anywhere.

Picture: A monk walking down Tiger Nests Temple, Bhutan. Shot at 50mm

Picture: Colorful Bhutan with Pentax Colors. Shot at 35mm

I took this lens to Bhutan a couple of months ago for my honeymoon and have it paired to a Pentax K-30. The Pentax K-30 is also a weather-sealed DSLR so it is perfect to have the 16-50mm on it. I used this lens 90% of the time while I was at Bhutan and I find that there isn’t much need to switch lenses although I have with me a fisheye & a 35mm. This lens performs well and I have most of the focal range covered seamlessly. Do check out the photos in this article that I had shot at Bhutan with the Pentax 16-50mm.

To summarize, the Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED [IF] SDM is an excellent walkabout & travel lens. Covering from wide angle landscape to mid tele for street portraits and zooming in to architectural details, this lens does it all. So if you are looking to purchase a tough Pentax walkabout lens, get this lens!



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