Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
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18 May 2014
Excerpt: I used to shoot a Kr, I bought a K5IIs body only, and sold the Kr, including the 18-55 kit. I normally shoot primes, but was seriously anxious about a trip to Disney with out a wide/Normal zoom. Having the 55-135 bit as an extra bonus was worth the money i spent on the lens.
Pros: very usable range, quite compact, Almost Macro capability, WR!
Cons: Yes, it is heavy, can be soft at long end, "focus ring in wrong spot" ;)
Excerpt: I should have listened to the reviews saying this lens isn't sharp. I had to see for myself I guess. It really isn't very sharp at all, especially considering the relatively high cost of this lens. Image-wise, I'd compare it quite closely to the kit 18-55mm. That is to say, contrast and color are nice, distortion is average, but sharpness and CA control are mediocre at best.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens because the Pentax kit zooms that came with my K01 had me missing shots from trying to switch them out. I looked at a lot of lenses, and finally chose this one due to it's auto-focus reliability.
Pros: Fast and reliable focusing. Quiet. Good image quality
Excerpt: I use this as my everyday lens for vacations and around the house for my family and pets. After using it for a couple of years, my first copy got dropped five feet onto a wood floor and ever since has been not so sharp (still works though). So I got a second copy to replace it to use on my K3. This lens is sharper at the wide end and a little bit softer at full zoom. Overall a good performer.
Excerpt: I picked this lens up along with a K5II, as I figured I needed a WR lens to take advantage of the sealing on the K5II. I live in a pretty wet climate, so I was really excited to finally be able to go out and shoot in the rain.
Pros: Colours, good IQ, contrast, pretty sharp up to about 80-100mm, WR!!!, quiet autofocus,
Cons: 135mm isn't great, extends when zooming, focus ring behind zoom ring,
Excerpt: I bought this lens to go along with my Pentax K30 for the weather resistant feature. I am loving this lens. I can take the lens out while walking the dog in all weather. I am a "newbie" photographer, but I am interested in tack sharp photos. Despite my beginner status, I have some lovely, sharp looking photos of snow on evergreen trees and my local park.
Excerpt: I bought this with my first ever Pentax dSLR body (a K-30) to start off with. I like the weather sealing and I've already made use of it shooting in a range of inclement and cold weather situations. I've had great success using it outdoors when lighting was good (early morning, sunset, and oddly enough, in the middle of urban snowstorms). I do wish I had a faster prime lens for indoor/low light portraiture and the like.