Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Pentax

Sample Images

Here're a few sample images taken with the K10D and RAW-converted via Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) v3.7.

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Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 45.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/200s
Size 2592x3872
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/250s
Size 3872x2592
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 16.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/320s
Size 3872x2592
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 45.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 2592x3872
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 34.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3872x2592
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 45.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/100s
Size 2592x3872

Verdict

The Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL is an impressive standard zoom ... with a bug. The resolution figures indicate a very good resolution characteristic throughout the zoom range. Distortions and vignetting are quite typical for a good APS-C standard zoom. The only real problem are very pronounced CAs (color shadows) towards the wide end of the zoom range. For users not willing to do manual post-processing this may be a show stopper although the issue is correctable. The build quality of the lens is about in line to the rest of the gang. Both AF speed and accuracy are very good on the K10D. All-in-all a lens with a good price/performance ratio.

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