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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best kit lens out there
Yes, this is a standard 18-55mm slow-apertured kit lens and will never win any awards for fine optical performance. It's soft wide open at 55mm (stop it down to f/8) but apart from that it performs well for what it is. I swapped my old mark II 18-55 for this one and don't regret it. The only differences are that this version is better built and weather resistant...
Published 15 months ago by J. Macdonald

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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard Kit Lens
Although this is a good, quality kit lens from Pentax - it is just a very basic lens.
On the plus side though, it is light, simplistic and totally ideal for 'Snapshots' whether basic landscape or simple, portrait creativity. A nice additon to your camera equipment - but only in elementary terms; as it is a good basic all rounder. . But nevertheless, I guess you could...
Published on 2 May 2012 by Mr. M. Cooper


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best kit lens out there, 9 April 2013
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This review is from: Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Electronics)
Yes, this is a standard 18-55mm slow-apertured kit lens and will never win any awards for fine optical performance. It's soft wide open at 55mm (stop it down to f/8) but apart from that it performs well for what it is. I swapped my old mark II 18-55 for this one and don't regret it. The only differences are that this version is better built and weather resistant.

No other brand offers a kit lens with weather resistance, which is one of the top reasons to go with Pentax. In fact, most don't even come with a metal mount, a hood or built-in over-ride of the AF, all of which are available here.

I have a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens (which is great) and several DA Limited primes, but for nasty conditions this is the lens I use. I've used this lens in the humidity and rain of Cambodia and Vietnam, the snow of mountainous Cantabria, the sandy beaches of Lanzarote and the rain of Scotland, and it never lets me down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax 18-55 WR, 18 Sep 2010
This review is from: Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Electronics)
Thanks Amazon for selling this lens to me in June 2010 for 75 incl. delivery to France, what a good deal. It arrived in a couple of days and performs very well; great handling thanks to light weight and fast focussing. Has low distortion, little flare, is very sharp at mid-apertures and still quite sharp at max aperture. The new price has soared but a few are available s/h for about 50. Highly recommended. Enjoy! Johnsp80.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking A Wider View, 9 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Electronics)
Bought this lens to try on a Pentax K5-IIs (Made by Ricoh now). The lens is very good value for money. It also features wether resistant seals so that you can take advantage of the weather resistant camera range under the Pentax brand name. My only bugbear was with the Pentax branded camera that I bought as it kept seizing up on me at odd times; but regular odd times! In the end I got a refund and am sticking with Canon and/or Nikon gear! I don't blame Pentax, as I am a Pentax fan of old (355mm days) but aparently, according to internet researches, many other people have had problems with Ricoh-made Pentax cameras too. For those who do nit have such problems, this lens is a bargain!

The 18-55mm zoom range is ideal for travel, landscapes, street scenes and such if you don't want to have to mess about changing lenses, or indeed carrying a bag full of lenses with you. Obviously the quality of a Zoom lens image will never match a Prime Lens but that is hardly surprising seeing as you are looking through extra peices of chunky glass!

Overall very good value for money and with other brand cameras you could be looking at almost twice the price or more to get the same quality glass in front of your body.
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard Kit Lens, 2 May 2012
This review is from: Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Electronics)
Although this is a good, quality kit lens from Pentax - it is just a very basic lens.
On the plus side though, it is light, simplistic and totally ideal for 'Snapshots' whether basic landscape or simple, portrait creativity. A nice additon to your camera equipment - but only in elementary terms; as it is a good basic all rounder. . But nevertheless, I guess you could push the boat out a bit - as with the combined use of cheap extension tubes; you should be able to capture some really excellent macro shots in terms of close up photography?

If I was a beginner, I personally would not kick it out of bed; but on the minus side - for someone who already owns an array of prime lenses; then put it in storage.

Pentax please (now owned by Ricoh) wake up and smell the coffee - and produce better kit lenses as the availabilty out there, for the finding of prime lenses, is rather bleak for Pentax owners. Great cameras and highly underrated - , but we need more selection of lenses.
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