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8.6 out of 10

Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Culture, pentaxforums.com
3 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: The only problem I have with it is the low light performance. This lens is extremely slow focusing in low light.
  • Pros: Compact, feels good to handle
  • Cons: Low light performance.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

VaderSS, pentaxforums.com
3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Cons: Soft at long end.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Stoogie, pentaxforums.com
1 February 2014
  • 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,
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Giklab, pentaxforums.com
29 October 2013
  • Excerpt: I received this lens as part of a K-5II kit. Don't let the high price confuse you: the lens retails for $800 alone over here.
  • Pros: Zoom range; WR; build quality; relatively quick and silent AF; performance against the sun; very good MFD...
  • Cons: ...Which is let down by insane focus breathing; IQ from 70mm onwards and general lack of fine sharpness
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Titanius1066, pentaxforums.com
14 September 2013
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens to supplement my other lenses. I already had a number of primes and a couple zooms but found myself shooting more and more in harsh environments so I got this lens. Unfortunately I couldn't afford one of the da* lenses in this range but I'm very happy with the 18-135.
  • Pros: Weather sealed, handles well, sharp stopped down, and color rendition
  • Cons: Soft wide open, af can be a bit slow
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Overall 8
8.0

versatile option

Julie, Amazon
27 July 2013
  • Summary: I wanted a little longer zoom, and this does pretty well. I think it will serve for a decent everyday lens. I find it slightly annoying that it zooms out as I carry it, but it's not really a problem. Nice that it's weather-sealed.
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Overall 8
8.0

Fine lens, deceptive ad

HA Hough, Amazon
14 July 2013
  • Summary: The DA 18-135 is a fine lens in its price category. Weather resistant, quiet and quick focus, paired with the Pentax WR bodies it's a good choice for travel. Unfortunately, the seller, Sunset, is parting out lens kits which don't include the hood - this is not apparent in the ad. If that suits your needs, the price is acceptable. The misleading ads are not.
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Overall 8
8.0

2 weeks and I think it will be my walking around lens

B.B., Amazon
29 June 2013
  • Summary: Its not perfect, its not stunning, but its a solid walking around lens with WR. Since I wanted a WR lens for my WR camera there were only a few options. The Pentax 18-135 seems to fit the bill nicely. The zoom is great, the focus is rather quick. Slight noise in the motor. My biggest issue is with the vignetting at wide-angles. Very noticeable when shooting against a monotone background.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

jab2980, pentaxforums.com
6 May 2013
  • Excerpt: Excellent kit lense, with the added insurance of being weather resistant. I've found that it does have its sweet spots (40-70mm), it is sharp all the way through, at least at the center.
  • Pros: Weather resistant, decent IQ, quiet, sharp.
  • Cons: Zoom creep, small focus ring makes it easy to move focus ring along with it, not the fastest.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

StigVidar, pentaxforums.com
16 April 2013
  • Excerpt: This is a solid performer. It is well made and of high quality. Image quality is good, but has some limitations. But nothing more than expected from a lens of this type. Biggest drawback is its rather small aperture of only f/5.6 at the longest focal length. But I have no problem with recommending this lens. If you want a super zoom, this is probably the best one available for Pentax.
  • Pros: Rather small for this type of lens
  • Cons: Slow at f/5.6
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