Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II SMC DA review by joe88
31 January 2014
Summary: for a kit lens a very good lens. High contrast and nice colors, I tested it wide open and stopped down to f8. I compared with a tree photo against the sky (without leaves).Between 24 and 55 corners are very sharp,too. In combination with k-x CA's disappearing nearly totally.
Excerpt: Sharpness, aberrations and bokeh vary according to the focal length, so no numeric evaluations from me this time. At 35mm my copy rivals the 35Ltd for sharpness, has less distortion (none at all!) and chromatic aberrations (also none).* It gets worse at the wide and especially at the long end, but for the price it's a genuine bargain...
Pros: great at 35mm, Quick Shift Focus, size/weight, build quality, price
Cons: corner aberrations at the wide end, "dullness" at the long end, six blade aperture