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01-01-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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DA 18-135mm IQ

Some people have been interested in the IQ of this lens and it's performance.
Here is my personal opinion.
The build quality seems excellent. The AF is fast, quiet and accurate. The IQ to me seems to be much better than the kit lenses but not quite as good as the high end lenses. Overall a very good everyday walk around lens.
The following examples are just quick shots taken around my home and street.
Judge for yourselves.

18mm-f11


135mm-f11


135mm-100% crop


60mm-f11


60mm-100% crop


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01-01-2011, 12:57 AM   #2
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Hi, currently I see only "Content protected by owner" rather than your images. Please check yhe access priveliges.
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Well, not to be mean but at f11 any lens will look good...
I'd be more interested to see wide open or near wide open shots...
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Check the list of Lens Clubs in this section. There is at least a "DA* Lens Club" full of examples of what this great lens can do even wide open. And if you have trouble believing, think about renting the lens perhaps from a local or online camera rental store. You will not regret the opportunity to use a lens like the Pentax DA * 18-135mm. It gives really nice images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nowhere Matt Quote
Check the list of Lens Clubs in this section. There is at least a "DA* Lens Club" full of examples of what this great lens can do even wide open. And if you have trouble believing, think about renting the lens perhaps from a local or online camera rental store. You will not regret the opportunity to use a lens like the Pentax DA * 18-135mm. It gives really nice images.
True, except the OP is asking about the 18-135, which is not a DA* lens (it's WR, but just carries the DA designation). Nonetheless, there are at least a few threads with samples from the 18-135 so fa and it seems to be a nice lens with decent IQ; a step above the kit lens but not quite at the level (IQ-wise) of something like the DA*50-135.
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Hi, currently I see only "Content protected by owner" rather than your images. Please check yhe access priveliges.
+1 I can't comment on what I can't see.
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I do not know why you cannot see the images. There is no protection on them, they should be free to view and download.

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I do not know why you cannot see the images. There is no protection on them, they should be free to view and download.

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Odd, now only the first image is blocked. This is obviously a problem more than one of us share. However, the images which now appeared are quite nice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nowhere Matt Quote
Check the list of Lens Clubs in this section. There is at least a "DA* Lens Club" full of examples of what this great lens can do even wide open. And if you have trouble believing, think about renting the lens perhaps from a local or online camera rental store. You will not regret the opportunity to use a lens like the Pentax DA * 18-135mm. It gives really nice images.
I think you've just invented new lens. There's no such thing as DA*18-135... Even if it was, I have no intention of buying it. All I was pointing out was the there is not a big point in shooting pictures at f11 and post them in "what the lens can do" thread. At f11 you would have some trouble to tell many lenses apart...
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The first image at 18mm is blocked for me as well.

But I viewed images of this lens elsewhere, I've had and still have every intention of buying it as an all-one-solution for parties, but I gotta tell you:

For some of the images I saw at 18, the distortion was horrible, and bordered on not being recticular at all. More like the 10-17 at, say, 12 or 13.
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Wide open shots

Here are a couple of shots at wide open, or as wide open as you can get at the focal length of the shots.

115mm, f5.6 only candle light, AF-S



78mm, f5.6



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I can see most images just fine. Perhaps the server was acting up again? Just the first image says "Content protected by owner"

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18-135mm IQ

Found this flickr photostream from someone named digitalbear who lives in or near Tokyo. His K-r + 18-135 images seem very nice to me.

Pentax K-r + DA 18-135 f3.5-5.6 ED AL - a set on Flickr

I have been looking intently on getting this lens. Been wrestling with old manual zooms but not wanting to get a cheapo "kit" lens and not wanting to spend on a DA* zoom yet (even though they are a reasonable cost compared to the top two "name brands", Nikon and Canon). On the other hand, a pro-grade zoom would be very very nice. Still evaluating...

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What about the distortion at 18? Am I the only one that sees it?

Or am I wrong?
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What about the distortion at 18? Am I the only one that sees it?
No it's noticeable, I suppose no more noticeable than the other zooms though.
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