Reviews and Problems with Pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
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26 November 2013
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: Not much more to add to the ratings - having this lens means I'll feel brave enough to take it riding/kayaking/bushwalking with my older k200; and will have it in my backpack in case I get caught out somewhere with k5II.
Excerpt: Very convenient lens that 'turns your dslr into a point and shoot'. Best features are it's weather resistance and durable and decent build quality. Doesn't obstruct the built in flash with the hood attached, but reversed, which is very handy. Polarizer window in the hood is great, as is the quick shift manual focus, for videos. Screw drive focus is slightly noisy, but it is very fast and reliable. Focus with this lens is very accurate and works in surprisingly low light.