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09-12-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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18-135 mm pentax lens

Any thoughts or opinions on the 18-135 lens that B/H is selling with the K3?
I'm real close to pulling the trigger on this one!!

09-12-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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Look at he samples...I have ended buying it. Samples
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The DA18-135mm is an all-around WR lens. It is fast and solid. Highly recommended IMHO.

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There is a detailed review of that lens on this site as well as a whole thread in the lens section featuring photos. Klaus at photozone.de has also done a comprehensive review. It is a decent performer with the plus point of being a WR lens.

Review: Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...at-can-do.html

Pentax SMC-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR - Review / Lens Test


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I have the DA*16-50 and DA*50-135 - and I like both of them very much (I also have a lot of other lenses too). I have thought though that down the line, the WR features and convenience of the DA 18-135 would make a really nice one lens travel set up. So this one's on my someday list.
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pull it, you won't be disappointed
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I have an 18-135 and it is a good, not great wide range zoom for travel. I subsequently purchased a Sigma 18-250 which has a slightly longer zoom range and is close in quality, perhaps dropping a little central IQ but doing a little better at edges and corners, and has very good close-focus ability (distinctly better than the 18-135). I've not used the 18-135 since purchasing the 18-250.
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I like my 18-135. It's a keeper for me.

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If you have a family or other reason to have such a wide focal range, for occasions when changing lenses will miss the shot, then this lens rocks for the price. For me it was a no brainer kit lens, then I got a 50-135 da* plus a wide prime with the intent to sell the 18-135 ... guess what, its still in my bag, the 50-135 is superb, but with a young family there are occasions where I need more flex.

But bear in mind the quality of the body, the 18-135 is probably as low as you'd want to go for this body - selling it with the DA L 18-55 and DA 18-55 WR is just a bad joke imho.

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It's a nice event lens..my favouritest shot with it
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QuoteOriginally posted by SteveUK Quote
But bear in mind the quality of the body, the 18-135 is probably as low as you'd want to go for this body - selling it with the DA L 18-55 and DA 18-55 WR is just a bad joke imho.
The performance of my 18-55 kit lens is about the same on my K-3 as on my (recently departed) K10D*. It is not a way to get the best out of the body, but the body definitely will get the best out of most lenses that might be mounted.


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* A little better if the truth be told...
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