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

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…
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4.8 4 Reviews
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By Ken

from Edmonton, AB. Canada

About Me Semi-Professional

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Pentax Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Strong Construction
  • Rugged
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Sharp Focus
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

BEST USES

  • General Use
  • Wildlife
  • Night Photography
  • Landscape Photography

Comments:

Pentax has good interchangeable user friendly equipment.[...]


By Miles

from Boston, MA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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The perfect default lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Consistent Output
  • Sharp Focus
  • Wide Angle
  • Perfect general-use range
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

  • Little slow for sports
  • Slow Focus
  • Tricky in low light
  • Difficult to Clean

BEST USES

  • Sunsets
  • General Use
  • Landscape Photography
  • HDR

Comments:

I love this lens. I tend to leave it on my camera most of the time, unless I need an especially zoomed, macro, or different kind of shot, because the 18-55 range with wide-angle seems to be the perfect composition for most shots, especially in landscapes and sunsets. For pictures of people you might want to have more zoom, but it works great for group pictures. The shots tend to be a little on the dark side, but I actually like the feel that gives the pictures, and it can be compensated for very easily. In low-light situations the focus is often painfully slow and it's difficult to avoid blurring, but tripods and a wide aperture can help there. As far as the difference between the old version of this lens and the new one, I haven't noticed anything huge; it's possible that the focus has gotten faster and sharper, but I haven't done a comparison beyond general use. If you need to replace the first version of the lens, don't worry about getting the mark II-- it's still the same lens, with apparently a few subtle improvements.


By DominicD

from College Station, TX

About Me Casual user

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Great kit lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Sharp Focus
  • Consistent Output

CONS

BEST USES

  • Upgrade
  • General Use

Comments:

A great upgrade to the kit lens that I had with my Pentax K110D. I can't give you all the technical reasons why this lens is better than the kit lens that came with my camera but the pictures look noticeably better. I would recommend this lens to anyone who wants to a good quality walk around lens.


By EngProf

from Albion, NY

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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Can't complain

 
4.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Consistent Output

CONS

BEST USES

  • General Use

Comments:

Not a bad kit lens, and you certainly can't complain about the price. It has produced some decent images. Plenty fine for the non-pro like me, though I will certainly upgrade when the "fun money" fund permits.



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