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Keywords: Pentax Wide Mid Tele Zoom APS-C DA WR


Registered: January 2014
Posts: 6
Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL SMC DA WR review by kh1234567890
Review Date: 1/30/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $100.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: WR, light, small, metal mount, cheap, excellent value
Cons: could be faster, sharper ,,,

Unbeatable price to performance ratio. An ideal consumer zoom. It could do with being faster, sharper, less CA, less distortion, better build, etc., but probably not at the price.

Autofocus works perfectly, quick shift focus is handy, lens hardly extends in length over its zoom range and the front element does not rotate. Bokeh is great, WR resistance is useful, the lens is very light and sturdy. Any misbehaviour (CA, barrel distortion, vignetting etc.) is predictable and easily corrected either in-camera or in post-processing. But do not put a UV filter on this lens - even a good one degrades IQ noticeably, use the hood instead to protect the front element.

My copy is acceptably sharp even wide open - if yours isn't then you either have a bad one or you are doing something wrong.

A great lens to get you started with.

Some of my shots taken with this lens are here :

Registered: March 2008
Posts: 7
Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL SMC DA WR review by jamesm007
Review Date: 3/3/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $219.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Weather-Resistant, Metal Mount, Non-rotating front element, Good Lens Hood, near the top in image quality for Kit Lens, outstanding value.
Cons: Vignetting and Soft Corners with some field curvature. Most problems go away as you stop down, not a fast lens.

My numeric ratings are compared to other kit lens. What other kit lens is built better than this weather-resistant Pentax(?), none. It is WR, has a metal base, has a decent lens hood with a special removable cut-out so you can turn CPL filters, the front element does not rotate. Its at the top of kit lens in construction, that's fair IMO.

As for the image quality its the same as the DA18-55mm II, no need for me to repeat SLRGears review or others. I concur its a good zoom lens. The biggest difference to me compared to the old Pentax kit - this one has that Pentax color and contrast, or should I say more of it. Its a fairly contrasty kit, with those Pentax colors. shoot at F8 and your taking home high quality pics.

Registered: January 2010
Posts: 1
Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL SMC DA WR review by conradj
Review Date: 1/22/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

Pros: weather resistance, image colour, light weight, good resolution
Cons: not the absolute zenith of optical performance

Came with my K-7. Had to return the first 2 examples of this lens, first due to optical probs and second to both optical and mechanical probs.

Third one was a keeper. Very good sharpness in the center of the image when stopped down to f8, good rez at the edges. Some chromatic aberration and vignetting. Colour is great, contrast ditto.

Love being able to take photos outside when it's pouring rain or snowing.

i usually have the camera on a tripod when i'm using this lens, but the K-7 balances quite well in the hand when it's mounted.


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