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Pentax K-Mount DA 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM Interchangeable Lens

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  • SDM autofocus system driving by a built in supersonic motor for exceptionally smooth and quiet autofocus operation
  • Incorporates 2 extra low dispersion (ED) elements in its optical design to effectively minimize chromatic aberration and deliver bright, high resolution images.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.6' over the entire zoom range
  • Rounded diaphragm blades produce a smooth, beautiful bokeh (out of focus rendition) while minimizing the streaking effect from point light sources
  • Designed for al K-mount cameras

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0099ORFFG
  • Item model number: DA 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 17, 2012

Product Description

15x zoom range of 18-270mm makes this the ideal all around lens (equivalent to 27.5mm to 414mm in the 35mm format)

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Customer Reviews

I believe the K5 may have a compatibility issue.
damats
I love it, as it is versatile, ranging from wide to telephoto, which avoids me changing lenses all the time and getting my precious sensor dirty/dusty.
Ramesh M. Thadani
It is mostly what the advertisements claim it is, a super zoom lens of good quality when compared to other super zoom lenses.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2014
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First let's get the fact that this is not a Pentax lens out of the way. This is optically the same lens that Tamron markets in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. In other words, it is a Tamron lens in Pentax clothing.

I think the best way to rate this lens is to look at the pros and cons.

On the pro side, I would list convenience as the main reason to purchase this lens, because it does not have much else going for it. We all want a lens that will go from a relatively wide angle to a fairly long telephoto in a small compact package. This lens fits that niche in you camera bag. It is an all-in-one walk around lens which is good for travel photography. Here I am talking about snap shooting, not serious photography. The only other plus for this lens is it's build quality, which is very nice.

Now to the cons. First this lens is way over priced. I would never pay the MSRP for this lens. Right now Adorama and B&H are both listing it at close to $800.00. The Amazon price is lower, and depending upon the seller, can be much more or much less than that price. I paid about $300 less than the Adorama and B&H price. Folks, this is not $800 glass. It is not what I would rate as very sharp at any focal length. Although it is fairly sharp at the short to mid focal lengths, is somewhat soft at the long end. Plus, it is slow. The f3.5 at the short end is not too bad, but f6.3 at 270mm is not very good. I found the AF had difficulty at the long end finding anything to focus on, so it just quit trying. Otherwise, the SDM focus was smooth, quiet, and fairly fast. There is a AF/MF switch on the lens, and a zoom lock for storage. There was no zoom creep on the considerable zoom extension, which was quite smooth.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2013
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I have mixed feelings about this lens. It is mostly what the advertisements claim it is, a super zoom lens of good quality when compared to other super zoom lenses. Unfortunately, it does not exceed other lenses in any way but the excessive price, and I say that having paid less than $500 for it. I bought it as an upgrade from my Tamron 18-200 which now sells for $199. The image quality of the two lenses is similar, and the zoom difference between the 200 and 270 lenses amounts to very little. The Pentax model is heavier and exhibits no lens creep (if you care; I don't). The Pentax auto focus is very quiet. The Pentax lens focuses about as well as the Tamron. None of this is enough to make me feel good about paying $300 more for the Pentax lens. The Sigma 18-250 equivalent at $350 or the Tamron 18-200 at $199 will give similar quality photos. So, it's as good a lens as the other major makers but I don't think it's worth paying the extra money for something that's only as good as something that cost considerably less. I'm considering a return.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francesco Tedeschi on March 19, 2013
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It is exactly what I was looking for, THE zoom! With it I am no more in the need to change lenses and can take only the camera with me in my excursions, very confortable ...and no risk to let the dust enter the camera.
I read on forums this zoom isn't of a great quality...I do not agree, I've found it good and accurate , maybe it isn't the top, anyway it is a "good choice" considering its focal lenght.
The only negative point is the price, anyway on Amazon is the lowest I've found and considering the exchange rate (I'm in Europe and pay in Euro) it is "good enough" and I have no regrets at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Ross on April 16, 2014
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My spouse and I do extensive world travel...Africa, Antarctica, Galapagos, Nepal, Vietnam, etc and need a lens with fairly good sharpness and very good zoom range. When traveling in Africa, or where-ever, we find that we have seconds to grab the best shot before it disappears. We're constantly on the go, no sitting in a blind waiting for animals...or street scenes. Changing lenses is a luxury we have to use sparingly for special shooting situations only. For example I have a 12-24mm for inside shooting in confined spaces...caves, tunnels and churches.

Thus, having an extreme zoom range like this lens has is a MAJOR advantage...as it covers the historic 35mm film range from 28mm wide angle to 400mm telephoto all in one very compact and lightweight lens. We also shoot from extreme-darkness night scenes to bright snow and find the f/stop range of the lens to be just fine...all hand held. The Pentax's in-body image stabilization helps with this. I also have my Pentax K-5 camera body set at a default ASA 1600 and normally use a standard aperture of f/11 with the lens...at very high shutter speeds. My images are all over the focal length range with many over 200 mm. I also use the lens in place of a pair of binoculars when scanning for animals.

Another very nice thing about the lens is its extremely close focusing ability...like 20" at 270mm. Combined with the high shutter speeds I use, it is great for shooting butterflies and insects on blooms and stopping their action.

Before buying this new lens, I used the Pentax 18-250 lens for a few years. The two are very similar (nearly identical in size, f/stops, sharpness and focal length range). My spouse still has the Pentax 18-250mm while I'm shooting with the new Pentax 18-270mm...
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