Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
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Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
21 August 2014
Summary: Since the DA 18-135mm lens it arrived in the hands of Pentaxians, the 7.5x all-in-one zoom has amassed quite the following. As of the publication of this review, there are 82 user reviews that amount to an average rating of 8.52 out of 10.
Pros: Weather Sealed and overall excellent build quality, Excellent kit lens for beginners as well as "foul weather standard zoom" for advanced users, Highly accurate, fast, and silent DC autofocus, Maintains faster aperture across entire range as compared to similarly sized 18-55mm kit lens, Great ove...
Cons: Corners are terribly soft and lacking in contrast, especially at wider angles due to high distortion, Distortion at wider angles can be problematic, particularly indoors, Narrow focus ring and focus ring placement makes manual focusing cumbersome, Lack of focus distance scale, Vignetting is very ...
Summary: The new Pentax 18-135mm lens is a very welcome addition to the Pentax lens lineup, and seems like a natural companion to the K-5 and K-30. It boasts impressive AF performance as well as above-average image quality, and offers a flexible multi-purpose zoom range, which when combined with its...
Excerpt: Weather resistant, compact, sporting the new DC motor and all in a very compact package, this new Pentax lens is very appealing. Braving the English rain, we shall see if its performance lives up to its potential.
Pros: Superb handling, Weather resistance, Silent DC motor, Close focusing, Quick Shift manual focus, Visually appealing images
Cons: High distortion levels, High CA levels, Low fine resolution at longer focal lengths, High price