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

16 October 2009
Szymon Starczewski

10. Autofocus

For a cheap kit lens the autofocus speed is very good. It runs through the scale in about 0.7 second. You can hear a whirr during the work but the sound is neither irritating nor bothersome.

When it comes to accuracy the lens is difficult to fault. In our tests it missed in 3% of all shots on average.

Like in the case of the Schneider- Kreuznach lens, we noted a slight frontfocus tendency. It shouldn’t be a problem when you work on a K10D because you can install the right version of firmware and correct the front or backfocus from the body level.

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