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11-17-2010, 07:54 PM   #76
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If you get a chance to put the Pentax 18-135 next to the Canon and Nikon 18-135 lenses, you will see that there really is no competition offered by either of those two brands. The Canon lens is a behemoth lens that doesn't focus as fast, and the Nikkor lens has no VR. The Pentax lens is much smaller and far better built than the either two, and even on the K10D, K200D and K20 the focus speed is surprising. Actually it's stunning.

The price is perfect for the lens relative to its "competition". There may not be a better, more stealthy, more flexible combo than the 18-135WR and the K-5. I had enough time with it today to check its focusing speed with a variety of cameras and compare it to some other camera/lens combos. Tomorrow I will check color, sharpness, close focus, vignetting, etc., but it looks like a fabulous lens for a great value.
Missed your post while writing. Sounds good, and we will keenly await hearing about what you find.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dnaseigel Quote
If you get a chance to put the Pentax 18-135 next to the Canon and Nikon 18-135 lenses, you will see that there really is no competition offered by either of those two brands. The Canon lens is a behemoth lens that doesn't focus as fast, and the Nikkor lens has no VR. The Pentax lens is much smaller and far better built than the either two, and even on the K10D, K200D and K20 the focus speed is surprising. Actually it's stunning.

The price is perfect for the lens relative to its "competition". There may not be a better, more stealthy, more flexible combo than the 18-135WR and the K-5. I had enough time with it today to check its focusing speed with a variety of cameras and compare it to some other camera/lens combos. Tomorrow I will check color, sharpness, close focus, vignetting, etc., but it looks like a fabulous lens for a great value.
Sounds great, looking forward to the future update you mentioned..
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For those who missed it, there are some example PEFs here on the other thread
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I am interested in the 18-135 lens too - if it's AF and IQ is quite good, there's a great travel kit option.

Thank you David for the information. Hope you are doing well!

Staying tuned...

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Marc

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Same here::: I'm looking for a light travel lens to go with my K-5. I have the cash in my paypal account ready to jump on one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dnaseigel Quote
If you get a chance to put the Pentax 18-135 next to the Canon and Nikon 18-135 lenses, you will see that there really is no competition offered by either of those two brands. The Canon lens is a behemoth lens that doesn't focus as fast, and the Nikkor lens has no VR. The Pentax lens is much smaller and far better built than the either two, and even on the K10D, K200D and K20 the focus speed is surprising. Actually it's stunning.

The price is perfect for the lens relative to its "competition". There may not be a better, more stealthy, more flexible combo than the 18-135WR and the K-5. I had enough time with it today to check its focusing speed with a variety of cameras and compare it to some other camera/lens combos. Tomorrow I will check color, sharpness, close focus, vignetting, etc., but it looks like a fabulous lens for a great value.
Sounds promising. If this turns out as good as you indicate I will have a hard time resist this one for a outdoor/light travel purpose.

Thanks for your effort!
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Just got the lens, no time to shoot yet. But so far the first impression is pretty good.

1. small and compact for its focal range.
2. very solid built with rugged surface finishing, feels better than the WR kit or DA1770.
3. AF is quiet and fast, definitely faster than most if not all the SDM lenses I've ever used (I've used them all), faster than most other AF lenses I've used too.
4. Aperture change w/ focal length: 18mm: F3.5, 19-28: F4, 29-68: F4.5, 69-135:F5.6. Pretty decent for a lens this small.
5. round aperture blades look promising, but need to test out.
6. focusing ring doesn't move during AF, and it's well placed closer to camera body, a smart move if you ask me, 'cause I'd probably never use MF w/ a lens like this.
7. did I say it's small? Oh yes, it's got a 62mm filter size, a bit odd for a Pentax lens, but all things are equal, smaller the better, right?

That's all for now. I'd do some test against the kit lens over the weekend.
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That's all for now. I'd do some test against the kit lens over the weekend.
Great- I'm looking forward to seeing how this lens performs in the nose hair test

I hope it turns out to be a solid performer. Will really help me finallize my plans for how I want to build out my lens lineup.

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In stock at Amazon USA and Adaroma
Amazon.com: Pentax 21977 DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras: Camera & Photo
I just ordered mine
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QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Just got the lens, no time to shoot yet. But so far the first impression is pretty good.

1. small and compact for its focal range.
2. very solid built with rugged surface finishing, feels better than the WR kit or DA1770.
3. AF is quiet and fast, definitely faster than most if not all the SDM lenses I've ever used (I've used them all), faster than most other AF lenses I've used too.
4. Aperture change w/ focal length: 18mm: F3.5, 19-28: F4, 29-68: F4.5, 69-135:F5.6. Pretty decent for a lens this small.
5. round aperture blades look promising, but need to test out.
6. focusing ring doesn't move during AF, and it's well placed closer to camera body, a smart move if you ask me, 'cause I'd probably never use MF w/ a lens like this.
7. did I say it's small? Oh yes, it's got a 62mm filter size, a bit odd for a Pentax lens, but all things are equal, smaller the better, right?

That's all for now. I'd do some test against the kit lens over the weekend.
Another Singapore scoop from you.
Awaiting your shots with this lens. I wish I have it now as it would be perfect for my holiday right now.
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