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Pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR

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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA review by joe88

joe88, slrgear.com
27 April 2014
  • Summary: for a kit lens an excellent zoom lens, but you must know, how to use it.18 mm I use only for close ups of flowers, not for object far distant because of CA's in the corners. My aperture choice is f4.5 24mm - sharp in the corners,too and scarcely CA's 35mm -very sharp wide open, but I take photos between f 4,5 and 5,6 no CA's (35mm are best corrected) 45mm my favorite aperture is f8 for 55mm I take f11.sharp up to the corners and better resolution than 1.4/50 in the...
  • Pros: very sharp between 24 and 55 mm, high contrast, good colors
  • Cons: some CA's on wide angle 18mm
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL SMC DA WR review by kh1234567890

kh1234567890, slrgear.com
30 January 2014
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: WR, light, small, metal mount, cheap, excellent value
  • Cons: could be faster, sharper ,,,
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA review by sjwaldron

sjwaldron, slrgear.com
26 September 2011
  • Summary: What I like about the lens: - It’s cheap and easy to find. - Overall performance is pretty good for a kit lens. Especially at around 28-35mm in focal length. - Good build quality for a kit lens. - The zoom range is convenient. - A nice lens cap and hood. - It’s easy to come by and cheap, so you are more prone to take worthwhile risks you wouldn’t usually with more expensive lenses. - A super small aperture, up to f40 depending on the focal length, is available.
  • Pros: Decent results around 28-35mm, nice build quality for a kit lens.
  • Cons: Small aperture, some flare, vignetting
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL SMC DA WR review by jamesm007

jamesm007, slrgear.com
3 March 2010
  • Summary: 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.
  • 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.
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL SMC DA WR review by conradj

conradj, slrgear.com
22 January 2010
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: weather resistance, image colour, light weight, good resolution
  • Cons: not the absolute zenith of optical performance
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Overall 10

User Review

jennifer t., Newegg
25 September 2009
  • Pros: Brand new, works great out of the box. What more could you ask for?
  • Cons: NONE
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA review by tachyon1701

tachyon1701, slrgear.com
11 May 2008
  • Summary: Great starter lens. Excellent build quality, light weight and comfortable to use. Good for use in outdoors, while traveling, or people starting out in photography and not demanding a lot in their equipment. The variable aperture (like most cheaper zoom lenses) means that this is not a great lens for shooting indoors or dimly lit places without flash. AF makes quite a bit of noise, okay fast on my K200D, and very accurate. Love the quick shift manual focus.
  • Pros: Good value, quick-shift manual focus, great craftsmanship, good lens hood
  • Cons: Variable Aperture f/3.5-5.6, not good for use in low light indoor photography
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA review by rainerknappe

rainerknappe, slrgear.com
15 May 2007
  • Summary: For the money an excellent deal. Good ergonomics, construccion and very nice colours. On the bad side you will find strong cornershading and distortion at 18mm. The sweatspot is at 35mm with quiet good resolution (at 18 and 55mm the lens is a bit soft).
  • Pros: bargain and very nice colours
  • Cons: distortion at 18 and strong cornershading up to 30mm
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA review by mjbamigo

mjbamigo, slrgear.com
14 January 2007
  • Summary: This is the kit lens that came with my *istDS, and I've used it a LOT. I got so used to it and it's results, that when I switched to using a 50mm prime instead, I was blown away by the saturation, contrast, and sharp photos that the 18-55 can NOT do. So, bottom line in terms of image quality, this is not a spectacular lens. However, it is a great little size to carry around and covers the perfect zoom range for most settings. It's very nicely built, sturdy and rugged.
  • Pros: very sturdy, compact, and a fast focus
  • Cons: optical quality is not top notch
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA review by Hawki

Hawki, slrgear.com
12 January 2007
  • Summary: For the money, this lens is really quite amazing. I had the chance to pick this up used from someone who had gotten it as a kit lens. I wanted an everyday, I really don't care if it gets scratched, walk around lens. To my suprise, the build quality was better than almost every other kit lens I've seen, especially for the price (even at the suggested retail price). It auto focuses suprisingly fast and accurate.
  • Pros: Build quality, weight, bang for the buck
  • Cons: slow and a little soft
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