Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
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22 September 2014
Excerpt: This lens is amazing. It's so small and svelte. It's my only WR lens, but it's great to have for walking around with the camera. Don't have to ever worry about the weather! This lens feels so much small and less intimidating than even my Tamron 17-50 2.8. I have found the pictures to have great Pentax colour and also to be quite sharp. Focus is fast and accurate. Definitely worth buying!
Excerpt: Excellent all-around lens. I use it for family closeups to tele. Craftsmanship is evident (e.g., good hood with cutouts for CPL). I am just an amateur and the K-3 is my first DSLR but the images appear great to me. Lens is easy to operate, fast and accurate. I will include some samples as soon as I can figure out how to navigate getting my images to a PentaxForum recognized(?) album.
Pros: quiet, versatile, clear, dust and water resistant, relatively small & light, all-around
Cons: no lock to avoid creep (but, creep is negligible)
Excerpt: I got this lens in a kit bundle with my K-5 II, and what can I say, I'm impressed! Coming from Canon EF and Sony E mounts, I'm used to kit lenses being decidedly average, something you would only use until you could get a proper lens that wasn't full of CA and/or softness. Not so the DA 18-135mm. My copy of this lens is impressively sharp across almost all of the focal range, the only places where it can get a bit soft are at the very extremes of focal length.
Pros: Surprisingly sharp, especially for a kit lens. Solid metal construction. Metal bayonet.
Cons: Cost (when not in kit), unusual filter size (62mm), weight, quick shift focus ring can be difficult to use
Excerpt: If you are buying a new camera, get the kit with the 18-135 included. You'll be glad you did. Super convenient, small size, great bokeh, excellent auto focus, excellent flare control and it's weather resistant. Doesn't obstruct the built in flash at any focal length, even with the lens hood on (reversed). Sharpness is fine for a zoom lens and amazing considering the range. Only weakness is starbursts can't match a prime lens, like the 15 or 35 limiteds.
Excerpt: Alright, i was looking for a lens that was weather resistant. Fixed limiteds are not, and pentax offers few choises to go with their amazing WR bodies unless you dont mind carrying alot of weight and paying alot of money.
Excerpt: I recently upgraded the body of my Pentax and wanted to also upgrade the lens above what normally comes in a package. This lens now gives me the technology that matches the body and covers a gap between two lenses I already own. Great purchase!
Excerpt: Chose this lens to bundle with my K-50 and havent regretted it. Its a compact and sharp lens and acts great as a walkaround especially if you're on holiday. AF is very accurate (in good light). Found sharpness to be decent across the whole zoom range and is very very sharp around F8. Ok maybe some softness in the corners at the long end of the zoom but nothing dramatic. Only real downside for me is the low light performance, where it was struggling to lock focus.
Pros: WR, Silent and quick AF, Great range, Quickshift