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kh1234567890

Registered: January 2014
Posts: 6
Pentax 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED SMC DA WR review by kh1234567890
Review Date: 1/30/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $180.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Size, weight, WR, colour, lack of CA, focus speed
Cons: Can be soft at the long end

I love this lens.


Once you get used to its few shortcomings, mainly image corner softness at some apertures and focal lengths, it can produce some great images. Bokeh, colour rendering and contrast are brilliant. My copy has very little CA or distortion above some 60mm. WR seals are handy to have.


It is a fair bit smaller and lighter than the DA 55-300mm and IQ-wise there is really very little difference - I have both and still prefer this one. Handling and bokeh are much better.


Some of my shots taken with this lens are here :
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwHom8i
Jon Schick

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 1
Pentax 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED SMC DA WR review by Jon Schick
Review Date: 12/4/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $170.00| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Weather resistant, very compact and reasonable performer for the price
Cons: Performance a bit variable depending upon focal length and aperture

As with the 18-55WR, it's nicely put-together and feels a step up from many other kit lenses (including the older Pentax 50-200). Nice metal mount, and a thoughtfuilly-designed lens hood that allows the use of polarising filters. It's biggest selling point is its weather resistance (for which it has no competition at this price point), coupled with being truly pocketable. It's not much bigger than the 18-55.


As for image quality, the review of the previous version of the lens on this site probably pretty much says it all. My copy of the 50-200WR is a bit disappointing when used wide open at 50mm (more so around the borders but you'd probably expect that), but is more than acceptable by the time you stop it down to F8. It performs very nicely in the middle of its range, and is still acceptable at 200mm - especially if you stop it down a little. At 200mm, mine comfortably outperforms the Tamron/Pentax18-250 superzoom, but is in turn comfortably beaten by the Pentax 55-300 - but then the latter is (a) much bigger, (b) not WR and (c) more expensive.


However, if you can find the 50-200WR at a good price, it's a compelling compact rainy day addition if you already have a weather resistant Pentax body. If you don't stress it to its limits, it can produce some great shots, and it'll allow you to use the camera on occasions when you would otherwise simply have had to give up.


 






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