Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR

Announced Sep 20, 2010 •
Lens | Pentax KAF3

I spent couple weeks over the Christmas and New Year break in a several rainy locations. Knowing the rainy weather, I bought this lens just for the occasion. On bench tests, it is decent but not as good as the Tamron 17-50. However, in actual use, it was great. I used it with a K-5 IIs and this combination was perfect when many people had to shield their cameras. One even commented that I was ruining my camera but I just laughed at him. I used it mainly as a walk-around lens, the focal length ...

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Useful universal lens. Sharp center even with open aperture. Borders need some F5.6-F8 across the range. Extreme borders - about 200pix aroud borders - not pleasing. Focuses fast, good contrast, can focus closely, bokeh quite good, sealed, not big, not heavy, 7 aperture blades.. nicely matches K-5 body as multi-purpose all-in-one lens. Problems: Hard to focus manually as there is no scale on ring.

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