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5.0 out of 5 stars WR means moisture resistant, but Dist resistant is not listed, November 12, 2009
This review is from: PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Camera (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Feb 28, 2010 4:10:51 PM PST
Does this 18-55WR lens come with a hood/shade, or case? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2010 9:11:43 PM PDT
Jeff says:
Hey, don't know if you found your answer, but it looks like the official press release says it does:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0905/09052002pentaxdalenses.asp

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 3:34:57 PM PDT
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0905/09052002pentaxdalenses.asp

SP coating to block dust and dirt
The front surface of these lenses is treated with PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating, which applies a special fluorine compound to the lens surface through a vapor deposition process. This SP coating not only effectively repels dust, water and grease, but it also makes it easy to wipe off fingerprints and cosmetics.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 2:38:19 PM PDT
V. Roma says:
Barton, the coating would be on the front glass element of the lens only. It helps preventing dust from sticking to the glass as well as preventing grease marks and repelling water. This is different from the body of lens itself being dust resistant, which means designed to prevent dust from entering into the lens or camera body, which was the point that Kelvin was trying to make. Note, I have no idea whether this lens is dust resistant or not. Just clarifying what Kelvin was saying.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 3:58:08 PM PDT
Last reviewer has not figured it out. DA* is their pro quality lens. Like the 60-250 DA*. They are WR without including it in the title. All DA* lens are WR. The latest 18-55mm WR kit lens is a well regarded kit lens compared to others. It is weather/dust resistance. That's what WR means.
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