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04-25-2020, 10:44 AM   #1
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White HD DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE

Hey guys,

i'd stumpled upon this white copy of the DA 18-50mm DC WR RE.
SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm DC WR RE f4-5.6 Objektiv weiŖ | eBay


Anyone knows anything about it?

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QuoteOriginally posted by angerdan Quote
Anyone knows anything about it?
I would hazard a guess that it's a white SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE...


It's the DA L version, not DA, so it has SMC coatings rather than HD coatings; you can read about the differences in the review here: HD vs. SMC Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews
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It came with the white version of the K-S2, back when Pentax was still making lots of color variants:
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Itís super light and compact, maybe the smallest zoom lens in the world, also WR and silent focus, but handling is bad due to compact plastic form and retract design. Optically I found itís okay, but noticeably worse than premium zooms like 20-40 or 16-85 which I also own.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bui Quote
Itís super light and compact, maybe the smallest zoom lens in the world, also WR and silent focus, but handling is bad due to compact plastic form and retract design. Optically I found itís okay, but noticeably worse than premium zooms like 20-40 or 16-85 which I also own.
I like the 20-40 more as well but the 18-50 isn't bad.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bui Quote
It’s super light and compact, maybe the smallest zoom lens in the world, also WR and silent focus, but handling is bad due to compact plastic form and retract design. Optically I found it’s okay, but noticeably worse than premium zooms like 20-40 or 16-85 which I also own.
A very good assessment. Mine is the usual black, but the special deal I got for my K-S2 from B&H after the K-70 appeared was a great price for the body, yet included this kit lens for next to nothing! $408 for both brand new! I was looking to replace my smallest DSLR, the K-r with this far superior body. I compared the lens with my old DA 18-55mm II, which I'd had for many years, and found it to perform better, especially the AF. The fiddly retraction took some getting used to, but the compactness especially on the compact K-S2 is amazing. A full-featured DSLR in a large jacket pocket with a zoom lens!

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I like the 20-40 more as well but the 18-50 isn't bad.
I definitely agree, and while both are compact, the 18-50mm is unique as an impossibly small APS-C zoom lens. A pretty good performer, but if it were as good as the 20-40mm, a lot of money would be spent for little reason!

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
I like the 20-40 more as well but the 18-50 isn't bad.
Sure I did not mean it was bad, for a kit lens it performs very well, and of course comparing it with those much more expensive and corrected lenses is not very fair to it but of course since owning them, the 18-50 had been sitting in the drawer, and I realized whenever I wanted to go compact, I would pick the 21mm instead, therefore I sold my 18-50. But for what it is, a silent WR zoom lens in a ridiculously small and light form, it's a very good lens. Sometimes I still wonder how much better the HD version is, and would like to try it when possible.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bui Quote
Sure I did not mean it was bad, for a kit lens it performs very well, and of course comparing it with those much more expensive and corrected lenses is not very fair to it but of course since owning them, the 18-50 had been sitting in the drawer, and I realized whenever I wanted to go compact, I would pick the 21mm instead, therefore I sold my 18-50. But for what it is, a silent WR zoom lens in a ridiculously small and light form, it's a very good lens. Sometimes I still wonder how much better the HD version is, and would like to try it when possible.
My biggest gripe with the lens (non-HD version) is the lack of an included hood. Also the copy I have is a little finicky with the operation of the button to allow the lens to open.

But also, while it is light and small, since I'm shooting the k-3 the difference between that lens size and some others isn't as important. I find myself more likely to grab the 18-135 almost every time (or the 20-40, or 12-24, or a prime like the FA 31)

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I've spent more time trying to open the lens than I'd like to admit.

Personally, the older 18-55 K30/K50 kit lenses turned out better pictures (slightly, but I had more keepers with the old lens). Still a pretty good lens for what it is.
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In white, it looks pretty darn good if you ask me.
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