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09-12-2016, 02:47 PM   #1
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The 18-135 WR

So I've been away from Pentax for a while and I want to get back in. I'd love the K-1 but maybe by the end of the year. I still think the build of the k-3ii is what I want but I was also wondering about the 18-135 WR lens. Is this lens worth it? Should I have it? It is a bit pricey for an 18-135.

Also, I hate that the lens comes with the K-70 for $250 more for the kit vs $476 by itself. Is there a better way to get the lens with a K-3ii?

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09-12-2016, 02:52 PM   #2
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I got mine for $280 in December on Amazon. But that was Gray Market. This being PentaxForums I'm sure someone will be along to tell you to get the 16-85 instead...

This is the wrong time to buy camera gear anyway. See if there are any deals during Photokina next week, or wait until December to get Black Friday prices.
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It depends on what you need.
I think mine was worth it because I wanted a versatile sealed zoom that wasn't too big and heavy to take on human-powered adventures.
If that sounds like you then go for it.

If you are looking for a specialist lens, like a great landscape lens or portrait lens then this isn't for you. It's decent at lots of things but not great at any specialty.

I bought mine on sale for $450 or so and I think it was worth it. I get a lot of use from it in inhospitable environments and it takes a beating now and then but it's still going.
You might be able to find a used one for less via eBay, KEH, or the marketplace here if you are willing to go that route.
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It is worth it. Great all around lens, sharper than you'd expect, silent, compact, fast, and WR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
You might be able to find a used one for less via eBay, KEH, or the marketplace here if you are willing to go that route.
Indeed. There are several used copies from Japan available for less than $250...
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I fussed over getting this lens for a year and then I bought one. Now I'm mad I waited so long. The 18-135 is an excellent lens. It's so sharp I got rid of three of my classic primes. I would go for it as it's an excellent little lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbmiller Quote
So I've been away from Pentax for a while and I want to get back in. I'd love the K-1 but maybe by the end of the year. I still think the build of the k-3ii is what I want but I was also wondering about the 18-135 WR lens. Is this lens worth it? Should I have it? It is a bit pricey for an 18-135.

Also, I hate that the lens comes with the K-70 for $250 more for the kit vs $476 by itself. Is there a better way to get the lens with a K-3ii?

Thanks,
Bill
The K-70 bundle seems to be the best deal by far, from authorized retailers.

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It is a DA only lens, so if you bought it for the K-1 it would only be usable in crop mode. If you're considering a K-1, buy the D-FA 28-105 with it.

HOWEVER, if you are getting a crop-sensor Pentax camera, the 18-135 is an excellent choice. I bought mine late last year as my one-lens-does-all outfit for inclement weather on the K-5.

I did consider the 16-85 that has already been mentioned by one other commenter, but rejected it because I needed as much "reach" as possible at the zoom end and could dispense with the extra "span" at the wide end. If I lived in, or made regular visits to, a big city with tall buildings, the shoe would be on the other foot.

In my opinion it is a cut above the earlier 18-250mm superzoom in image quality, and of course is WR which the 18-250 is not. Whether it is professional-grade I cannot say, though I have seen some forum members here do some quite impressive things with it, and of course with that variable aperture closing down to f/5.6 at the long end it is a lens that does its best work in good light or with a fairly powerful flash, especially outdoors (I bought the AF540 FGZ-II to complement the WR capabilities of lens and camera).

I am very happy with mine. When I need the absolute best that the K-5 can do and I can pick and choose my moments or position, I reach for one of my Limited lenses (the HD 70 is IMO the best I've ever used) or my FA135, but when flexibility is the key, and weather is a concern, this is the one that goes on the camera every time.

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I came back to Pentax after twenty-years using Canon USM gear. I hated screw-drive lenses as much as I had expected to {which is why I went to Canon in the first place}, so when my K-30 was kitted with an 18-55mm screw-drive lens, I immediately bought the 18-135mm DC lens. Occassionally I will use the 55-300mm lens or an MF lens, but I use the 18-135 most of the time, and I do like it just as much as I had expected to.
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The 18-135 is a great compromise multi-purpose lens. If you want impressive edge-to-edge quality though, I would recommend the DA 16-85. Beware though; neither is FF compatible. If you are thinking of getting the K-1 at some stage, the DFA 28-105 might be the better choice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbmiller Quote
Is this lens worth it? Should I have it?
Welcome back.

There are many comments and example images on this dedicated thread for the DA 18-135: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...at-can-do.html

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Thanks. Looks like a good multi purpose lens. Yes, I'm aware that this is no 2.8, etc. But sometimes you just need an all-around lens for family gatherings, etc. The other part of my question was for finding the best deal. I'll keep my eyes open. You're probably right about the announcements since the K70 has a few more refinements than the k-3ii. Might just wait a little but still drop one of my Nikon bodies.
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You should have at least one WR lens. I have the 18-135 and it doesn't get much use anymore since I have a selection of other lens to use. But if going somewhere with icky weather a WR is nice to have. Last year we did a motorcycle trip through Yellowstone and the entire week we were there it was wind & rain most of the time. There was no changing lens in that environment so the 18-135 remained on the camera most of the time. Glad I had it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
If you are thinking of getting the K-1 at some stage,
Isnt everyone who hasn't got it yet?





QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
The 18-135 is a great compromise multi-purpose lens. If you want impressive edge-to-edge quality though, I would recommend the DA 16-85. Beware though; neither is FF compatible
Which is a real shame that the 18/135mm vignettes for the whole FL on FF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
If you are thinking of getting the K-1 at some stage
QuoteOriginally posted by surfar Quote
Isnt everyone who hasn't got it yet?
No, I'm not thinking of ever getting it.

I did not enter the drawing here for a K-1, because I felt that I would have to spend way too much on new lenses just to stay at my current level of functionality - in other words, I would have lost more functionality than I would have gained by "winning" the K-1

Incidentally, getting back to the subject of this thread, that 18-135mm DC lens is the most useful-to-me lens I currently own

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