Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR

Announced May 20, 2009 •
Zoom lens | Pentax KAF

I got this lens together with my K-50 camera. The worst part of this lens is really the wide angle at 18mm producing low quality images around the corners, which are looking blurry, out-of-focus paired with some chromatic abberations. At 18mm it looks like the picture was taken with an iPhone regarding the resolution of the corners, only the center is somewhat sharp. It seems that Pentax is having some quality control problems with their kit lens production as there are other copies which do ...

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This was to be a cheap, weather resistant walkaround zoom for my new K-5 II S. On the surface, it seemed like a good bet with a tight, modern build, full-time focus override with a distance scale, metal mount, non-rotating front element and weathersealing... not to mention a nice hood included.  Seemed like a lot of lens for $150 USD new. No zoom creep, very smooth focus and zoom rings for a kit lens and fast (but very noisy) AF using the K-5 II S's screw drive motor. I think what gets me ...

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