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Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Great wide-angle capability with a standard 3X zoom range.
  • 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 focal length is equivalent to 27mm - 82.5mm in the 35mm format.
  • Improved resolution takes full advantage of the high-resolution sensors in modern PENTAX digital SLR cameras.
  • Aspherical elements help to compensate for spherical aberration.
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Product Description

This lens blends versatility with affordability, giving the casual photographer a broader canvas without having to carry a multitude of lenses. Great wide-angle capability with a standard 3X zoom range. The smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II features the ideal standard 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 focal length is equivalent to 27mm - 82.5mm in the 35mm format. Improved resolution takes full advantage of the high-resolution sensors in modern PENTAX digital SLR cameras. Aspherical elements help to compensate for spherical aberration. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras. Filter Diameter: 52mm

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.7 x 2.7 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0012QE4DK
  • Item model number: 21717
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 23, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Pentax has made a very good kit lens noticably better.
James Rahrig
I recommend this lens to anyone interested in a great lightweight walk-around zoom.
LG
In the end I find the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II a good buy.
Aldo R. Perez

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James Rahrig on May 7, 2008
I'm a former pro photographer for a newspaper & now freelance my skills for special events & corporate needs. The original kit lens was quite good for general use and serves well for newspaper shots, but not up to pro standards for high resolution work. Enter the AL II designed for the newly introduced high resolution Pentax K20D:

The new AL II has improved the resolution across the entire focal range, from corner to corner. Border softening is dramatically reduced, and the original lens vignetting is all but eliminated. Pentax has made a very good kit lens noticably better.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bill A. Farley on May 17, 2008
This lense is a nice improvement over the original 18-55MM. You have about a 1 F-stop change in light transmission. The edges are much clearer. This is the best kit lense by far compared to any competitor.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Aldo R. Perez on May 21, 2009
I got the Pentax K2000 Camera that comes with the cheap version of the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL. I say cheap because it uses the same glass but with a cheaper construction. Plastic mount, no lens hood and no "Quick-Shift Focus System".

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II upgrades in the following areas:

1) Better overall construction, metal mount
2) Hood is included
3) "Quick-Shift Focus System" and focus measurements on the focus ring
4) Less Vignetting compared to Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
5) Sharper on center and boders compared to the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL on my Pentax K2000

In this version II of the lens it is very similar to the old Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL lens in image quality.

Problems is still has

1) Has the very same Distortions as the Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL common to zoom lenses.
2) Same speed (f/ stops) across the lens
3) Same 18 - 55mm short zoom range

So the question becomes, is it worth the money? I got it for $90.00 so to me it was a decent price and a decent upgrade.

The question you have to ask yourself if weather you would be better served by some of the new standard zoom lenses that go from 18-200 mm and have the same lens speed when at the same focal length as the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II. They will cost more, be heavier but could do dual duty as a zoom lens in adition to standard lens.

I gave it only 4 stars because the larger 3.5 aperture is still too small for low light pictures and the zoom range too short to get really close to anything you would consider far away.

In the end I find the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II a good buy. It is small, light and is nice to walk around.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LG on June 13, 2008
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A noticeable improvement over the first edition of this lens. Lightweight and small and the optics stand up to the much higher priced lenses. I recommend this lens to anyone interested in a great lightweight walk-around zoom.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rc Novice on October 12, 2009
I got this lens in a kit w/ a K20D body (excellent overall camera). After looking at the positive reviews here I had to do a double-take, to see if we were talking about the same lens (we were) and the next question was, if, as some reviewers noted, this is an improvement over a previous model, I don't think I'd want to use the original.

Don't get me wrong, the lens is not bad. Construction quality is good and it works well with the K20D. The biggest problem I have with it is at short focal distances 18-24mm I can clearly see (and I am not a pro by any stretch of the definition) the problems with image quality:

1) Distortion (images start looking fish-eyed)
2) Vignetting
3) Chromatic aberration

Now, there are two pieces of good news: (1) these effects almost completely disappear at 24mm and up (2) at shorter focal distances raw processing software can deal with these problems to some extent (I use Bibble, YMMV). At 24+mm this lense is EXCELLENT and overall a good value. So the drawback is that now any time I take a picture with it I have to weigh the advantage of a wider angle vs. the guaranteed distortion and other problems I will have to deal with in post-processing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Dunsworth on September 11, 2008
Don't even hesitate to buy this lens. It is as sharp in my tests as Super Takumar primes as well as East German Carl Zeiss screw mount primes.
Love the color rendition and contrast this lens produces. Even if your wallet is overflowing with cash, the lightweight flexibility and insanely low price makes it want to travel without fear of loss, damage, or cramping your style. Can't comment on the original version, but many tend to equate more $$ = better pictures. All I can say is: no lens at this price (99.00) by any manufacturer beats this one for value for the $$.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ksuwildkat on December 4, 2009
I have read lots of reviews of this lens and most of the time it is referred to as a "kit" lens. Originally that just meant that it was the lens that came with the camera body but I think it has become unofficial code for "cheap" or "the one the amateurs use." If that is true, than this is no "kit" lens. It is a great lens that happens to come in the box when you buy some bodies (K200D in my case). This is a small, light lens with a good range for basic shooting - portrait, landscape and close-ups. Wide open you can get lots of horizon. It is my "go to" lens for sunsets. At 55mm it can get close-ups of flowers, eyes, etc. The addition of the Pentax "quick shift" focus override lets an experienced photographer do all kinds of cool things with out of focus areas or for getting the in focus area somewhere outside of the normal focus points.

There is a little drop off in IQ at 55mm. It is tack sharp at 40mm and f/8. If you understand the limitations you can get wonderful pictures.

This lens has earned a permanent place in my bag because of its extreme utility. If I am in a completely unknown shooting environment, I choose either this or my other "kit" lens - Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens for Pentax and Samsung DSLR Cameras

I dont understand why people knock this lens for being part of a kit. My only improvement would be a faster version. Give me the exact same lens in a f/2.8 or better for a reasonable price and I am there. Tamron A16 - Zoom lens - 17 mm - 50 mm - f/2.8 XR Di II - Pentax K
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