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PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Camera (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Weather-resistant to handle damp, inclement conditions.
  • Standard 3X zoom focal range for a wide range of shooting applications.
  • 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.
  • The focal length is equivalent to 27mm-82.5mm in the 35mm format.

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PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Camera

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.7 x 2.7 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002BSGUZ8
  • Item model number: 21880
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 22, 2009

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Martin on August 9, 2013
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I bought the water resistant version of the DA 18-55 to go with my K30. I already owned an older 18-55 which Pentax bundled with my istDS. I have read numerous articles about Pentax improved the optics in newer DA 18-55 lens. Since I now own both an old and new version, I thought I would test the claims. Bottom line is the claims are correct. In my tests, I found both lens perform similar at 55mm both wide open and at f8. However, the new 18-55 is significantly sharper at 18mm both wide open and at f8.

Yes, it is an inexpensive, plasticy, kit lens (with a metal mount), but it is one of the best (if not the best) inexpensive, plasticy, kit lens available from any manufacturer. Add the water resistant seals and it is a no brainer.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 18, 2010
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Bought this lens 3 weeks ago and I am really pleased with it.
I actually replaced the old 18-55 kit lens Version I with this lens
and I can really see the difference in contrast and sharpness .. So much better.
Definitely a great lens for the price.
The lens arrived on time and in perfect condition from Amazon.

Pros: Lightweight, super sharp and contrasty and Weather resistant.
Cons: A bit slow f5.6 @ 55mm
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Yee on November 12, 2009
Fairly sharp lens. Lens construction seems to have good tight fit.

Picture quality is good. There is enough detail to show off the 14 mpix of the K20d sensor.

"Shift focus" is kind of a nice feature.

When K20d/K10d is set in auto focus, and the shutter button is not pressed down, the lens can be focus manually by simply turning the focus ring. No need for push/pull of focus ring for manual focus like the Tokinas.

One draw back is the focus ring turns when auto-focusing. Must keep finger away until it is done auto-focusing.

(FYI, the Nikons SilentWaveMotor lens has the same "shift focus" feature, but the focus ring does not turn when auto-focusing.)

According to the manual, 'WR' lens feature moisture resistant, but 'dust resistant' is not listed as a feature.

DA* is listed as moisture and dust resistant. (this is only a WR, and not priced like a DA*)

Not shown in the photo is the red rubber ring at the lens mount which seal the lens mount assembly when installed on the SLR.

Worth the $$$.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Waldemar Winkler on July 20, 2010
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I bought this lens primarily to have a lens both smaller and lighter when traveling. This lens is highly rated, and I would concur. This lens can take advantage of the Pentax K7's distortion correction features. Because of this feature I regularly use this lens professionally for architectural photography. For a "kit" lens, this is one of the best.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carlton D. Garrard on September 17, 2011
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Features are a plenty for this lens, and it has excellent optical characteristics as well.

Quick Shift Focus- Manual re-touch up of auto-focused area if you wish.

WR- Weather Resistant (wind/rain/dust)

Smooth focus and zoom ring

Fast focusing

Well built, not chincy, metal rear lens mount.

Lens hood has a built in sliding door so it doesn't have to be removed to use/adjust polarizers

Front element does NOT rotate during focus, best for filter usage and rare among kit lenses

Versatile- Excellent 1:3 magnification ratio will get you a really nice close up and you're likely not ever going to miss your macro lens at home.

Affordable- isn't the word for the price. One of my favorite lenses of all time, and I've used some seriously expensive ones.

When you need a sharp lightweight weather resistant lens, you can't beat this one. Great for trail stampers and weather aficionados- or heck, just about anyone with a Pentax DSLR.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason on October 19, 2011
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Very useful focal range. Can take pictures of most anything in any harsh environment. This lens if perfect if you don't want to ruin a prime lens or any of your expensive lenses. At the extreme points of the focal range you will find some distortion or vignetting, but its nothing worth complaining about unless you are a perfectionist or professional.

I have used this lens in the rain and in the absolute cold (Mongolia). The lens is still giving me great shots. Rarely the autofocus loses its tracking so it will click instead of focusing... but i just need to unscrew the lens and manually twist the focus ring to reset it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emmy on December 24, 2013
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I was greatly anticipating trying this lens after all the stellar reviews. However, my lens was awful. I'm not knocking Pentax because my other lens is fantastic; I just received a bad one. When looking through the viewfinder, there was like a gray gauze across the entire lens and it was very dark. It wouldn't work correctly in autofocus. The image was mediocre. I returned it to Amazon yesterday right after I took it out of the package and tried to use it. They've already processed my return. As I was checking out other reviews for a different Penax lens, I came across another one star review. The guy also bought his Pentax lens from Electronics Basket. I didn't realize until I read it that mine also did not come in a Pentax box or have the serial card in the package. I have to agree with him, that this very well may be a gray market lens. So beware anyone that's looking to buy from this seller!
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