Reviews and Problems with Pentax DA 18-55мм f/3.5-5.6 AL II
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29 May 2014
Summary: I love this lens. When I go out and shoot events, it is in my bag. When I have to travel compact, this is the lens that is first in and last out. I have no complaints about this lens. A great buy at a very fair price.
Summary: First of all, I must establish that I am a beginner, not a professional or even a dedicated photographer. However, I am a very enthusiastic and meticulous aficionado. I am also a collector, a characteristic that spills over into my photography hobby --I realize now that I am slowly drifting into lens collection.
Excerpt: This lens is very sharp at f8 and beyond. This isn't a low light lens but most of you all probably knew that. At 18mm and 55mm it isn't the best but anywhere in the middle is good. I've done some landscape images at 18mm at f11 with pretty good results. I don't use this lens much any more since buying the DA 50mm f1.8, but it's nice to have for wider focal lengths.
Excerpt: 1, never depend on the wide end, especially 18mm, not really usable because of CA and you will see blur just not far away from the center. I suggest buy a sigma 10-20 to make up the wide end if you also want a super wide lens. If you don't want super wide focus, I suggest using 18-55ii for one year and then upgrade to another zoom lens or prime lens.
Pros: sharp from 24-55, light, compact, very useful focal range
Cons: wide end very bad (CA, blurry at corners), slow but expected at this price, build quality can be better
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
Summary: Works well for basic, close range photographs. Affordable and better than the older 18-55mm. I'm happy with the purchase, but now I'm already drooling over some more expensive, powerful lenses.