Reviews and Problems with Pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
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2 weeks ago
Excerpt: This is a bit of a mixed bag. I did check the reviews before buying and so wasn't expecting much - I only bought it to go on my older K200D so I would have a complete WR kit. My replacement "ex-demo" lens (which I suspect is new as I made such a fuss about the first one being damaged) arrived in a box with all paperwork and a fairly thick manual, and promises of being sealed against dust and moisture.
Pros: WR, colours, close focus at 55mm
Cons: Suspect build quality, soft at large aperures
Excerpt: The lens can produce a good picture but it will be only under certain conditions. You will have stop it down to get a sharp image. The corners are pretty bad as well. That being said, the contrast is not too bad, the flare control is excellent and at small enlargement you can get a good photograph out of it. Aberrations are pretty good as well.
Pros: small, WR, sharp when stopped down, flare control, aberrations, small size, very light, well built
Cons: really need to stop down to get sharp corners and stop down quite a bit to get a sharp image
Excerpt: I got this lens used after I started getting a little tired of using the heavier/larger DA 18-135mm zoom. I already had a DA-L 18-55 that originally came bundled with my K-x but never used it that much. I heard the WR was optically the same but better built (metal mount, lens body construction) and has convenient features like quick-shift focusing and a lens hood. So when a WR model was listed recently on the PF marketplace, I jumped on it and boy I am glad I did!
Excerpt: I bought this lens new with my K-5 II. This was my first Pentax camera and Lens and I can say this is a great lens for the money. My previous system was Canon and I did have a few L lenses (only f4 lenses). Obviously, this lens won't beat out a L lens in sharpness or build quality, but I can say it does hold its own.