The newly designed optics assures great improvement in contrast and resolving power, while compensating various aberrations to a minimum and delivering sharp, clear images across the image field.
Superb resolving power and delivers super-clear, high-contrast images from the middle of the image field to the edges. By incorporating one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical element, one anomalous dispersion glass optical element and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) aspherical glass optical elements, it reduces chromatic aberration to a minimum over the entire zoom range.
［Camera］K-3 Mark III
Selectable lens compensation: OFF
Despite its large open aperture of F2.8, the HD PENTAX-DA★16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW (left)
assures high resolution even at the edges of the image field.
Even at the open aperture of F2.8, this lens effectively minimizes various aberrations.
Because the maximum magnification has been increased to 0.24 times from the previous model’s 0.21 times,
this lens produces the bokeh effect over a broader area, while softening the effect in overlapping areas.
Thanks to PENTAX-original HD (High Definition) Coating, this lens minimizes the generation of ghost images,
even against harsh backlight.
The focus-lens elements are directly driven by a PLM (Pulse Motor), providing much-improved focusing speed (approx. 2.2 times faster in the wide-angle range, or approx. 1.5 times faster in the telephoto range, compared to the smc PENTAX-DA★16-50mm F2.8ED AL[IF] SDM),* while effectively minimizing noise for quieter operation. Manual-focus operation of the power-assisted focus mechanism has also been upgraded to optimize the precision and response of detecting the focus ring. As the result, the focus-lens elements shift more efficiently and flawlessly in synchronization with focus-ring operation.
* When using AF.S mode for viewfinder shooting of still images, at a distance of 0.3 meters to infinity.
This lens features All Weather (AW) construction to prevent the intrusion of dust and water into the lens interior. Pair it with a PENTAX dustproof, weather resistant digital SLR camera body for creative shooting in rain or mist, or other locations prone to splashing water.
SP coating is a PENTAX-original special coating that provides superior performance in repelling water and oils. It is used on the front surface of the first high-performance lens for effective protection of the lens surface. This coating not only prevents adhesion of dust, water drops, oils, and other substances, but it also makes it easy to wipe off objects that adhere to the lens.
After focusing using the autofocus, the focus ring can be turned to allow immediate focus adjustment using the manual focus. This feature enables smooth operability by eliminating the need for an AF/MF switching operation. This is useful during closeup photography, for instance, when you want to shoot while making fine adjustments to the focus.