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DA 18-135 For $399 - fulfilled by amazon
Posted By: yorik, 02-15-2014, 11:48 PM

I just noticed this... I'm not in the market, but I know it's a popular lens.

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


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02-16-2014, 12:22 AM   #2
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That's a great deal, I love mine and I was hesitant to buy it from early bad reviews. I have to think they must have had soem quality problems with the introductory production run.
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Thanks for posting this. I Have been looking at this lens and getting ready to buy it. After seeing this post, I went ahead and ordered it.

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You're welcome... Enjoy!

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QuoteOriginally posted by yorik Quote
You're welcome... Enjoy!
I had read Bad review at Photozone. It makes very hard for me to make my decision to buy it at this time.
I see many images on this place,but I am still thinking about it !!!!.
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I've read the bad reviews too. I've also read many more good reviews. Of the reviews I've read, most seem to be for the same type of use that I have in mind. That is to have a single, wide ranging lens I can keep on my camera at all times. The negative reviews seem to get into areas that I care little about. So, like all product choices, this lens seems to come down to a question of does it match you intended use. In my case, the answer is yes. Others may have different requirements.

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I have DA -15 , FA -77 ,DFA -100 Macro. I am also think about one len for all as 18-135 WR. I am also thinking of 60-250 WR, for now I am still Undecite !!
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This is a very nice lens. I had it, sold it, and keep wondering if I should I have kept it. Its a great versatile lens, quiet, and nice fit for I think most Pentax DSLR bodies. I had a good copy from over a year ago so not sure about bad copies.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevewong Quote
I have DA -15 , FA -77 ,DFA -100 Macro. I am also think about one len for all as 18-135 WR. I am also thinking of 60-250 WR, for now I am still Undecite !!
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I have the 18 x 270 motorized and it is a great lens for an all around. Great wide angle and a great telephoto. I am looking at the 18-135 motorized because my brother likes it also. I purchased another K5 the other day so I don’t have to change lens all the time. I keep the 18 x 270 on one k5 and a 150 x 500 for taking Eagle Photo’s on the other K5.
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I really wonder about this lens. It seems very convenient but every time a reviewer uses it on a top notch Pentax they always seem to say it does it no justice.
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18-135mm lens

I have the 18-135mm lens in it's older version, no water resistance. It is my favorite general walk around lens. However, I'd love to see this focal range in a fixed f/2.8 version. Yes, I know about the weight factor but it would allow me to use it indoors for the sports photography I do.
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My wife and I have the 18-135WR, the 18-250, and the 55-300WR. The 18-135 is sharper than the 18-250 from 30-85. The 18-250 is a VERY versitile lens and despite the shaft driven AF, we feel a better lens optically than the 18-270 (we compared).... For walk arounds, she uses the 18-250 and a Siggy 120-400. I use the 18-135 and the 55-300 with the 300mm FA* and a 1.4 & 2x Tammy PZTC in my pocket. We both like to have a bit of zoom overlap to reduce lens changes in Fauna Florida. We miss fewer goodies... We would buy a WR 18-250-270 whatever if the optics were as good as the 18-250 (oldie). We Pray that the 135-380 is WR. We'll see...

UPDATE: We bought a copy of the 18-270 SDM (after a ritual sacrifice to the lens copy gods)... Did a corner to corner, all stop comparison, agreeing to sell off the loser. The 18-270 was better in the coeners (particularly longer) and had somewhat less CA. Barrel is tighter (may be a function of age). SDM is a hit. Optically, a great copy (or we wore out the 12-250, yeah right...), so the classic went and we kept the 18-270SDM.

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The 18-135 is a solid versatile lens. The photozone review is mostly incorrect about the sharpness and image quality. Its not going to replace any prime but for a superzoom it does a great job. I'd highly recommend it for the casual adventurer. However, I would not buy it from an Amazon 3rd party seller. Often the reason for their low prices is because its grey market and/or doesn't come with a hood.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
I really wonder about this lens. It seems very convenient but every time a reviewer uses it on a top notch Pentax they always seem to say it does it no justice.
I consider it the ideal foul-weather solution, but as a one-and-only lens it sometimes needs assistance at the long end (either post-processing or camera corrections enabled). Since the 17-85 is not yet in sight I've just picked up another copy of the 18-135 for the WR and quiet focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yorik Quote
I just noticed this... I'm not in the market, but I know it's a popular lens.

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
Is this lens good for the pentax kx for portrait photography? I'm trying to find a lens for my KX on a budget $300 but preferably less, I don't mind if it is used. I only have the lens kit and the Tamron 28-300mm, but need something more capable of capturing good portraits for kids and families. Thank you.
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