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

Announced May 20, 2009 •
Zoom lens | Pentax KAF | PTX 21880

For a kit lens, this is pretty much as good as it gets. I've sold hundreds of 20x30" prints of a photo I shot with this lens. It may not be fantastic at all apertures or have the most pleasant bokeh, but if you're one of those people who likes to get mostly everything in focus, need a weather-sealed lens for an absolute steal of a price or just want the generic kit-lens range with appalling aperture range (28-80 f/5.6-8.5 equivalent) then this is pretty much the best you'll find from any ...

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Useful small light sealed lens. Sharp images at 18mm even wide open. Somewhat weaker on 55mm end. with F8 it produces very good images. Contrast is nice. AF speed is fine. Weather seals can withstand heavy rain. Build quality is quite good for a cheap kit-lens, but could be even better - tighter tolerances. If pentax imaging decide to build 18-55 markIII after some years, please use 7 rounded aperture blades and add screw type mount-cap.

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