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08-21-2014, 03:22 PM - 5 Likes   #1
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DA 18-135 WR In-Depth Review Posted!

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DA 18-135 In-Depth Review


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08-21-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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Nice! I especially like the use of video animations! Looks better than any review site (or even Pentax ad!!)

Edit: And also showing some user photos taken with it. Great touch, much better than just clinical test photos
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QuoteOriginally posted by Heie Quote
I liked your detail, precision and thoroughness. Excellent job done. This lens of mine has performed exactly as you described, for over 5000 shots in two years. Agreed that 18 and 135 are only average, but the rest of the range is stellar. My use of the 18-135 is in dusty, drizzly, snowy, cold, foggy conditions. (On nice days, I use my primes and even change them in the field).

The DA 18--135 is in some ways a doubtful lens. As in: I doubt this shot will work; I doubt this lens can survive the weather. But the 18-135 has always proven me wrong.

Thanks for a thorough review. But I fell asleep during the exposure charts/sharpness.
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Brilliant work as always, Alex.

Regarding the girl with the "Canon scarf" - I always did the same with my K-x, more to keep the batteries warm than to keep the snow off. Someone once asked if I had a puppy in my coat.

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Wow! What a comprehensive review, Heie. Thanks for your time in preparing this.
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Suddenly I have the urge to put the FA's away and take out my trusty DA18-135.

Excellent review. You were bang on about the dreamy bokeh for pseudo-macro, close objects, distant background. Probably my favourite use of this lens is the pseudo-macro.
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That's a great review Heie featuring the true joy of having this lens.
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Thanks everyone!

QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Nice! I especially like the use of video animations! Looks better than any review site (or even Pentax ad!!) Edit: And also showing some user photos taken with it. Great touch, much better than just clinical test photos
Much appreciated I put a lot of effort in these things, and this is the 3rd one I've done. I feel like they keep getting better - and glad you appreciated the user photos sections. I came up with that idea in the HD 55-300 WR review and it was a big hit, so I decided to follow with it in this review

QuoteOriginally posted by waterfall Quote
I liked your detail, precision and thoroughness. Excellent job done. This lens of mine has performed exactly as you described, for over 5000 shots in two years.
Thanks a lot - I'm really too detailed for my own good, but it seems to fit well with these things And also this is a tremendous compliment - that my verdict matches your experiences. I am extremely happy to hear about that.

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Suddenly I have the urge to put the FA's away and take out my trusty DA18-135.
Go for it!

QuoteOriginally posted by mtux Quote
That's a great review Heie featuring the true joy of having this lens.
Thanks, mtux! It really is a wonderful lens to have, and imo is the best kit lens ever made.

Again, thanks for the support (and likes! ). For those that are curious about the creation of the two animated .gifs in review, I created a Behind the Scenes post detailing both of them

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/38-photographic-technique/271125-18-135-w...ml#post2917789

Hope that helps explain the process, and thanks again!

-Heie

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Thanks for the review mate, cheers
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excellent work Heie. Very professional and greatly appreciated by everyone for taking the time and effort to write it up. Animations are brilliant
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Heie,

Thank you for the excellent review. I had been considering the 18-135 to fill a gap in my kit (i.e., no WR lens wider than 50mm; a gap between 15mm and 28mm). Your review provided me with several pieces of important information (e.g., the bokeh overview and the comparison to other lenses). I now own my own copy, and will be testing it over the next several days.

I concluded that I would use the 18-135 in combination with my DA* 50-135, so its performance between ~20 and 50mm is particularly attractive.

Thanks again for your effort.

- Craig

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