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07-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Pentax 18-250 DA WR lens

Hey Guys,
I would like to get my hand on the Pentax DA 18-250 WR lens. Does any one know if this lens is still up for sale. And if where would I look for?
Any input will greatly be appreciated.
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07-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #2
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Pentax DA 18-250 is a re-badged Tamron 18-250. They are not WR lenses. Both have been discontinued for quite sometime now and can only be had in the used market. Adorama has one advertised in their used dept: Used Pentax Smcp-da 18-250 3.5/6.3 Al-if.
Pentax current all-in-one WR offering is the DA 18-135 WR.
07-23-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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As pointed, the DA18-250mm is not WR. It is sold as DA18-250mm or Tamron 18-250mm (K-mount). The DA18-250mm was manufactured by Tamron and rebadged. Both are identical, and they are considred among the best all-around zoom lenses across all brands.

The DA18-250mm/Tamron18-250mm is no longer manufactured. But you can find it regularly on the market place: at PF Marketplace, at keh.com, at Adorama... for US$350-450.

While the DA18-250mm is not WR, it is a very sturdy lens wih a very solid track record among Pentaxians. I have used it outdoor in storms, sand, rainstorm. With some TLC (tender, love & care), it does a great job.

Hope that the comment will help.
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I just found one BNIB from a store in Wales. So far I am very impressed with it ( other than having been charged VAT on an overseas non-EU sale).

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I believe there was also a Samsung badged K-mount version of this lens too, from the days of the GX-20 etc.

If Pentax ever make a WR version of this lens in future, that would be an awesome lens to have.
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According to the new lens roadmap there will be an 18ish to 200something " DA High Magnification Zoom" coming later this year. Might be WR.

We haven't seen leaked pictures or a prototype model of it yet , unlike the also coming soon DA560/ 5.6 which has a WR-like red O-ring seal on the mount.

http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/pdf/lens_roadmap.pdf

Maybe we'll hear something more in September
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
According to the new lens roadmap there will be an 18ish to 200something " DA High Magnification Zoom" coming later this year. Might be WR.

We haven't seem leaked pictures or a prototype model of it. , unlike the also coming soon DA560/ 5.6 which has a WR-like red O-ring seal on the mount.

http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/pdf/lens_roadmap.pdf

Maybe we'll hear something more in September
Actually releasing the 560mm shouldn't be a big deal for Photokina so I would expect them to be displaying several prototypes with some projections on release dates. More WR lenses among the non-* lenses would be very welcome!
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Thanks guys... that helps, i'll be on the look out for it @ Pentax marketplace...

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