Aug 21, 2014

Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 Review

Introduction

Announced in 2010, the Pentax DA 18-135 WR lens was a highly anticipated lens that has since then proven to be a Pentax favorite. Because of its compact and weather sealed construction, this lens has enjoyed immense popularity, especially when considered in conjunction with the many weather resistant cameras offered by Pentax as part of a bundled kit (more on the bundles later in this review).

 

The Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR mounted on a Pentax K-3.

It is now available for purchase for $496.95 (US MSRP) from both Adorama and B&H photo. At three times of the price of the standard DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 WR, the 18-135 can be seen as an "upgraded" kit lens, as it offers additional zoom reach and silent DC autofocusing.

But does that added focal length length come at a cost in image quality? Is it truly weather sealed and fast in its autofocusing? If you're a serious amateur or simply looking for a flexible all-in-one walkaround zoom, read on! 

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