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Pentax smc DA 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR

Pentax smc DA 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WRPentax smc DA 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR
 

Specifications:

Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 18 - 55 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 76 - 29 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.94
Minimum aperture 38
Number of diaphragm blades 6
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 11 elements / 8 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 68.5 x 67.5 mm
Weight 230 g
Additional information

Average rating (9 owners reviews).

Build quality 3.89
Optical quality 3.22
Value for money 4.33
Overall 3.81
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User: none
IP 75.173.x.x
Date: 2014-05-09 04:34:08
Owner since: 3 years
Price:
User profile: Semipro
 

Cons: So incredibly soft at 55mm regardless of aperture it is useless. You'd do better with an iPhone. Towards the middle of the range, stopped down to f.8 or so, it's almost OK, but then it softens again as you zoom to 18mm. It seems to prefer shorter focal distance as well, to the point where macro close-ups in the 35mm range are can approach "sharp", but nothing else at any range will be, and as you approach infinity it is so bad that I seriously thought something was wrong with my camera body.

Pros: the weather-resistant constructions would be a huge plus if it were protecting a worthwhile lens. I was really excited about this before I discovered the poor image quality.

Summary: There is no reason to buy this lens. If all you get is a sub-par 35mm lens, why not get a prime that will reward you with sharp images every time? In my book anyway, there is no purpose to owning a lens that can't produce sharp images, no matter how many focal lengths it doesn't do it at, or that it can not do it in the rain too.

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User: jamesm007
IP 71.227.x.x
Date: 2013-10-25 00:03:42
Owner since: 3 years
Price: $230
User profile: Semipro
 

Cons: Some softness (field curvature mainly) in the 18-25mm range Wide open some soft spots here and there

Pros: Nice rich contrast and color no matter the f/stop, focal length Sharp from 35mm to 55mm even wide open Build quality is high compared to other kit lens. Weather Resistant!

Summary: How much do other manufactures make you pay for weather resistance in a dSLR zoom lens? Most have plastic mounts! This has a metal mount. I have taken this lens apart. Its well made. The optical quality is average for a kit lens which is not a bad thing considering all the other features this lens offers. Even the lens hood is special and has a door to turn CPL filters. A true high value lens for the money.

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User: Luigi
IP 190.166.x.x
Date: 2013-10-07 21:57:19
Owner since: 1 year
Price: 184
User profile: Professional
 

Cons: Average IQ, a little soft

Pros: Metal mount, good build quality, good contrast

Summary: OK, for a consumer grade lens.I´ve used better pentax kits lenses in the past.

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User: marc
IP 2.174.x.x
Date: 2013-05-20 18:31:03
Owner since: 1 year
Price: included
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: few distorsion on 18mm, otherwise nothing

Pros: high contrast,high sharpness, if stopped a few down, very nice colours, no chromatic aberrations on my K5, water protection

Summary: my lens is very high developped technical product, an excellent kit lens, buy it alone or with body

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User: joe
IP 2.171.x.x
Date: 2013-05-11 23:03:59
Owner since: 6 months
Price: 80
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: wide agle somewhat week, when using 18mm, not so sharp in the corners, some CA's

Pros: 35mm extreme sharpness, nice protection against humidity, using with kx, if you activate ca's elimination, very precious lens,stopped down to 5,6-8, you'll get very sharp photos. I prefer to use it from 24mm up to 55mm:raelly nice results

Summary: buy it, but use elimination of CA's of your kx,kr,k5 or k30, so you'll have a great lens for few money

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User: Mike
IP 78.151.x.x
Date: 2013-03-02 16:30:09
Owner since: 1 year
Price: £50
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: Soft. Slow. Colour rendering is poor. CA. It's a kit lens I guess.

Pros: Weather resistant, but that's all.

Summary: Buy body only and save space in your camera bag.

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User: Doru
IP 193.239.x.x
Date: 2012-11-05 15:54:56
Owner since: 2 years
Price: kit lens f
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: Soft, soft, soft

Pros: Weather resistant

Summary: CA on corners, barrel distortion at wide end, NOT SAHRP al all.

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User: exevalley
IP 81.157.x.x
Date: 2011-06-28 14:58:15
Owner since: 1 year
Price: £50 S
User profile: Semipro
 

Cons: Can be slightly dark in the corner but that's not a problem in this day and age.

Pros: Very small and light but also great build quality, Love the lens hood with the polariser window, Its weather proof and the SMC coating is easy to wipe dry in the rain.

Summary: Great if you own a Pentax.

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User: Quinta Mendes Pereira
IP 213.58.x.x
Date: 2010-03-11 17:21:03
Owner since: 3 months
Price: kit lens w
User profile: Semipro
 

Cons: Can´t think of any :-)

Pros: Astonishing build and optical quality bearing in mind the low price.

Summary: I first bought this lens in kit for back-up purposes only and currently stays attached to the body most of the time. Resolution is well above average (I should say near excellent at all focal lenghts from f5.6 onwards. The (very) little bit of chromatic aberration that may be noticeable on corners of very large prints is almost 100% corrected by the K-7 software. Same comments for the low distortion in the short focal lenght end. I am really please with this lens.


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