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

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
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 0.34 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.94
Minimum aperture 38
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 12 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 68 x 67.5 mm
Weight 225 g
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Average rating (7 owners reviews)
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4.24 Good
Owners reviews (7)
  1. marc
    marc 25 November 2013, 00:30
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    IP 31.212.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: kit
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: few chromatic aberrations by 18mm

    Pros: my k-5 correct default of most CA's very sharp if you fit your programm from satndard sharpness to highest

    Summary: for a small kit lens best results

  2. joe
    joe 5 April 2013, 23:51
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    IP 2.171.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 50
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: miraculous lens, at 18 mm visible chromatic aberrations

    Pros: at 35mm f 4-5,6 very sharp, even in the corners, nice colours, at 45mm good results stopped down to f8, and at 55mm best results if stopped down to f 11

    Summary: good set lens with weekness in extreme wide angle, godd sharpness, when stopping down more and more with growing focus

  3. K
    K 15 September 2012, 02:08
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    IP 188.29.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 2nd hand w
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: CA (widest/wide apertures) and barrel distortion 18-24mm.

    Pros: Contrary to previous reviewer, this lens DOES have IF ; the front filter/hood doesn't spin. Just weighed my lens (minus caps): 202grams +/-. My copy has silver cosmetic barrel ring, not green. The lens: pleasing colour, decent micro-contrast for a 'kit' lens. Build and IQ seem to me a bit better than Canon DSLR kit lens and much much better than the dreadful Sony kit lenses, sold with DSLR/NEX etc.

    Summary: A good lens for price. A credit to Pentax's K-m (basic DSLR) offering. Retains certainly, the Pentax signature look to images.

  4. Maxim van Praag
    Maxim van Praag 16 November 2011, 15:28
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    IP 84.198.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow AF No internal focus, so lenshood turn when focussing Problems with AF when there is less light

    Pros: Very sharp Much depht-of-field Lightweight Steel frame Good grip on lens Quick-shift focus Small focussing distance

    Summary: This Pentax SMC kitlens is excellent for Amateur photographers, and even for Semi-pro users. It is very sharp and have excellent optical quality, no chromatic abberations and pincushion... I use this lens sinds 2008, and I love it still, I bought a Tamron too, the difference is big!

  5. vietlh81
    vietlh81 6 October 2011, 14:00
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    IP 193.48.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 50
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Build, auto focus, aperture not constant. Hotspot with IR photography.

    Pros: Sharpness at 18mm, good enough for beginers and amateurs Cheap. Lightweight.

    Summary: Very good lens in competitive price

  6. Alex
    Alex 30 January 2011, 01:49
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    IP 87.194.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Sharpness at 18mm

    Pros: Fantastic build quality for a kit lens. I handled with Canon's kit lens a few days ago and it feels like a toy in comparison. This pentax lens is smooth, solid, doesn't wobble. Optical quality is also superb for a kit lens. Well done.

    Summary: Best kit lens on the market? I don't know but I would guess it's definitely up there!

  7. orion
    orion 6 May 2009, 11:38
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    IP 88.156.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: free with
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A little soft on 18mm and f/3.5 but on f/5.6 its ok :)

    Pros: very good built quality like on kit lens... enough sharp for amateur :)

    Summary: Good lens in good price :)

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