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08-16-2017, 11:49 PM   #1
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DA 18-270 on a k3II?

I'm planning to buy a k3II, and also want a nice all-round zoom for those times when it's just a bad idea to be switching out lenses. Would the Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED work with that model of camera. I know that with my older Pentax bodies -- k10 and k100 -- it would only be manual focus. I want to make sure it's 100% compatible with a k3II.

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Hi,Yes, they will be happy to work together, have both of them.
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It will work just fine. I used to have that lens, and it's capable of quite nice results when stopped down sufficiently - but it's not the sharpest bit of glass, frankly. I'd recommend the Sigma 18-300 instead. Like any super-zoom, it's not without it's quirks and flaws, but it's a much better lens overall IMHO - especially at the longer focal lengths. Centre performance at 300mm is more than good enough for everyday use...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gallopingphotog Quote
I'm planning to buy a k3II, and also want a nice all-round zoom for those times when it's just a bad idea to be switching out lenses. Would the Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED work with that model of camera. I know that with my older Pentax bodies -- k10 and k100 -- it would only be manual focus. I want to make sure it's 100% compatible with a k3II.
It should work with the K10 with the most recent firmware, not?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
It should work with the K10 with the most recent firmware, not?
Indeed it should - firmware v1.30 and 1.31 include support for SDM lenses
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gallopingphotog Quote
I'm planning to buy a k3II, and also want a nice all-round zoom for those times when it's just a bad idea to be switching out lenses. Would the Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED work with that model of camera. I know that with my older Pentax bodies -- k10 and k100 -- it would only be manual focus. I want to make sure it's 100% compatible with a k3II.
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It will work just fine. I used to have that lens, and it's capable of quite nice results when stopped down sufficiently - but it's not the sharpest bit of glass, frankly. I'd recommend the Sigma 18-300 instead. Like any super-zoom, it's not without it's quirks and flaws, but it's a much better lens overall IMHO - especially at the longer focal lengths. Centre performance at 300mm is more than good enough for everyday use...
I second this- it's a bit of a waste to use the 18-270mm on a camera as good as the K-3 II unless you plan to use it alongside other lenses. If not, then my recommendation would be the DA 18-135mm (more reach) or 16-85mm (wider/sharper) for your everyday shots, and the DA 55-300mm PLM for your telephoto shots (latest K-3 II firmware required).

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Hello the Pentax 18-270 is great. I used a time until my bag with it inside has been stolen.

I bought a new zoom but not a Pentax 18-270 : the Sigma 18-300 contemporary f3.5-6.3.
It's cheaper than the Pentax. Not tropical.
The pictures seem better than with the Pentax. It's my feeling. And I appreciate the handling and conception. No regret !

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