Pentax 18-50mm and 18-55mm Kit Lens Comparison
Old vs new weather-sealed zooms
By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 29, 2015
Kit lenses are often the first, and sometimes the only lens that a photographer will use. The older Pentax kit lens has long been regarded as a solid value for its price. However, its design is a bit dated, and its autofocus system was in need of an upgrade.
Pentax introduced that upgrade in the form of the 18-50mm, released alongside the Pentax K-S2. This retractable, weather-sealed lens can boast of being the smallest APS-C zoom on the market (when collapsed). The 18-50mm includes fast and silent DC autofocus, and it comes in two flavors: the DA L, featuring SMC coatings and only sold as a kit, and the DA, featuring the premium HD coating, a hood, and sold as a standalone product.
How do the two versions of the 18-50mm perform? How does the older 18-55mm compare to its newest siblings? Read on to find out!