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This review is from: Pentax 21977 DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I bought this lens to use on my K-5 at Burning Man 2011. The Weather sealed combo served me well out there on the Playa. The range is extremely useful. I have a DA* 50-135, but really needed an all in one zoom because of the nature of Burning Man, and changing lenses is too risky and time consuming. Auto Focus is suburb even in extremely low light (with the help of the K-5's AF assist beam) and the Build Quality is rock solid. It really does have a good heft to it. It balances extremely well on my K-5 with Battery Grip.
I can live with out the 2.8, and uber duber image quality...at least for what I was intending to use this lens for. The contrast is a bit lacking compared to the 50-135, but RAW files are kinda "flat" to begin with. The Distortion at 18mm is somewhat noticeable, but if you turn turn on lens correction in the camera it really is no problem. (at the cost of taking slightly longer to write to the memory card). The Lens Correction option in Lightroom or Photoshop would work very well, also.
The Bokeh is nice, and I have gotten some pleasing portraits with this lens.
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Initial post: Jul 27, 2013 8:15:34 PM PDT
Thanks for the review. How was your experience with dust sucking into the camera body when zooming? I just purchased the weather sealed K-30, this lens and the DA* 50-135 (for BM '13). I notice that when zooming with the 18-135, there is noticeable suck of air through any open port. With the 50-135, since it's internal zooming, this doesn't occur. Normally this would be a small thing, but given the uber pervasiveness of playa dust and it's affect on electronics, I was planning on just bringing the 50-135 for this reason alone. (Although the dust was super minimal in '11. Did you go again in '12?) I figured I could give up some focal length for protection on investment. Thanks! (Kickstand on eplaya).
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