Pentax SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR (Weather Resistant) Autofocus Zoom Lens for Digital SLRs.

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About Pentax 18-55mm

This Pentax 18-55mm Bundle comes with $19.95 worth of free accessories including a New Leaf PLUS 3yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free! .

The DA 18-55mm II is the ideal zoom lens for a wide range of shooting applications, covering a wide to moderate wide-angle. This lens has improved resolution to match with high resolution sensors and PENTAX SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements.

Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs, the DA 18-55mm II has aspherical elements to compensate for spherical aberration, and a focal length equivalent to 27mm to 82.5mm in the 35mm format.



The Pentax 18-55mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography and more.The Pentax 18-55mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast among others.The Pentax 18-55mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax 18-55mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (10),Durable (8),Lightweight (8),Rugged (8),Strong construction (8),Easily interchangeable (6),Consistent output (5)
Best Uses:
General purpose (5),Landscape/scenery (4),Landscape photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (4),Photo enthusiast (3)

Pentax 18-55mm Features

  • Standard 3X zoom focal range for a wide range of shooting applications
  • Weather-resistant to handle damp, inclement conditions
  • The PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating repels dust, water and grease to keep your lens clean and your image quality at its peak
  • The PENTAX-original Quick-Shift Focus System allows instant switching from autofocus to manual focus operation
  • Aspherical elements help to compensate for spherical lens aberration
  • The focal length is equivalent to 27mm-84.5mm in the 35mm format
  • Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs

Pentax 18-55mm Specifications

Construction
11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view
76-29 degrees (w/Pentax DSLR)
F stop range
Minimum F22 at 18mm, F38 at 55mm
Closest Focusing Distance
0.82 inches (0.25m)
Maximum Magnification
0.34X
Filter Size
52mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.7" x 2.7"
Weight
8.1 oz (230 g)
Notes
Weather Resistant Design, Quick-shift Focus, Filter Window, SP (Super Protect) Coating

Pentax 18-55mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Do not overlook this kit lens

I have a K200D and I was looking at the DA* 16-50mm but after reading some of the negative reviews I was a little nervous. Given that I already have a Sigma 24-60mm F2.8 (which I like) this weather sealed lens was just what I was looking for. Do not hesitate to buy this lens if you're looking for a well made, sharp, weather sealed, and inexpensive lens.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good value, competent performer

Not a bad kit lens at all. When stopped down it can be very sharp, although beware of some field curvature. Very nice build quality and weather sealing in a lens of this calibre is a very nice touch.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
3.0

Good value, competent performer

By

from Melbourne, Australia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Not a bad kit lens at all. When stopped down it can be very sharp, although beware of some field curvature. Very nice build quality and weather sealing in a lens of this calibre is a very nice touch.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lense for the price.

By

from Trois-Rivieres Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like this lense because is WR.

 
4.0

Better than expected

By

from Arkansas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very happy with this purchase for a fantastic used K20d I purchased with it. For pretty much a "kit" lens the construction is exceptional. Zoom is positive with no creep. Manual focusing is very fast to register with camera but the ring motion is a bit slippery, not as positive as the zoom. Both rings have a superb rubber texture and though the focus ring is a little small it is NOT tiny. Zoom ring size is great. Non-rotating ring is good to have. Gasket on lens mount appears durable and does not interfere with mounting of lens. Pictures are sharp enough, still have more work on camera setup so it might be even better. Wish the lens was a little faster but is normal for a kit-type lens. Love that it is weather resistant. Only kit lens that makes sense to use with a weather resistant body. Hood is superb quality, has built in window, for use with polarizing filters with a lever, that fits so well you can't even see the seam! Very happy especially when the price is figured in. Not many dust and moisture resistant lenses can be had for this low of a price and with this build quality. Would be a 5 star, but I have sharper lenses, albeit at a SIGNIFICANTLY higher cost!

 
4.0

Good beginner lens

By

from Atlanta GA  -  Photography Student

This is a beginner lens for the Pentax DSLRs. Construction is solid, weather resistant. Coupled with a reverse ring for the DSLR, I can also take good macro shots, though obviously not comparable to a dedicated macro lens. Good value for money until you spend on a more expensive 18-135 lens.

 
4.0

very nice standard lens

By

from Frederick, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very good for the price, an excellent low-cost match for a weather-sealed body.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This I my constant Lens

By

from Ma.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Its on the camera all the time only removed when I need something Longer, some folks on the web look at the photo and their are surprised by the output of the lens. Pentax hit a Real home run on this lens

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do not overlook this kit lens

By

from Seattle  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have a K200D and I was looking at the DA* 16-50mm but after reading some of the negative reviews I was a little nervous. Given that I already have a Sigma 24-60mm F2.8 (which I like) this weather sealed lens was just what I was looking for. Do not hesitate to buy this lens if you're looking for a well made, sharp, weather sealed, and inexpensive lens.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By

from Sydney, Australia  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great lens. I bought it to replace a Sigma 17-70. The resolution is a lot better, colour rendition is fantastic, nice bokeh, verryy light and with a useful lens hood that lets you play with your polariser filter. I love that I can carry it the whole day and not end up with a sore neck and back. If only it was a stop faster and 15mm longer, it would be perfect.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Low Cost Weatherized Alternative to DA*

By

from NH White Mountains  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Looking for low cost weatherized alternative for K10 and K20. Was put off buy high cost of DA 16 - 50. Lack of SDM not an issue for my usage. Own Sigma 17 - 70 as main walkaround lens. Owned the orginal 18- 50. This lens was a definate upgrade to the orginal. Only replaces Sigma when weather an issue.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Pentax lens!

By

from Maine, USA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Great lens!

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES P  I chose this lens for its versatility in the wide angle range,and the weatherproof because I wind up doing alot of shooting in the rainy weather.
Shopper  I am a beginner photographer, and I have decided on the Pentax K5. However, I am still undecided about the lens. What would be the best walk around lens? the 18-55 or the 18-135. I just want to start with one good lens. Mostly architecture and scenery photographs.
JOSEPH B  If you are limited to one lens, I would go with the 18-135mm. It offers greater flexibility. I purchased the 18-55mm, but also purchased the 50-200mm. I wanted both lenses and am willing to change out as necessary.
Miranda W  Is this lens compatible with the Pentax K-5?
NICOLE J  Yes, this lens is compatible with the K-5. I own the K-5 and use this lens.

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