Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 WR Review

Value

The Pentax DA 18-55mm WR offers very decent build quality and usability for a kit lens. We are certain that, in regards to build quality, this lens is well above most if not all, other kit lenses, as no other manufacturer's 18-55mm kit currently sports weather sealing.


As can be seen in test portions of this review, the performance of this lens is well above acceptable. While it cannot be compared to a good prime lens or a premium zoom lens, the DA 18-55mm WR holds its ground well given its price and compact size.


Being priced under 200 USD new, in our opinion the Pentax DA 18-55mm WR is a very good value. While there are cheaper alternatives, such as the original DA 18-55mm, the version II, and the DA L 18-55mm, their optical performance is at best equal to the DA 18-55mm WR, and their build quality and features are certainly inferior. Similar in optical performance is the DA L version, which can be bought for a significantly lesser price, but without lens hood, Quick-Shift, metal lens mount, and focus scale. There is also the new DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR, which is a good alternative for user requiring a weather-sealed lens on a tight budget.

Note that the DA L versions of this lens are not available separately when new, and so they must be purchased second-hand.  These lenses are never in short supply on our Marketplace.

For a comparison of the above mentioned alternatives, we have made the following chart:

Differences between the various versions of Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Lens Series / Name

Quick-Shift / Focus Scale

Lens Hood Included Mount WR Price
1.

DA
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL

Yes Yes Metal No Discontinued
2.

DA
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II

Yes Yes Metal No Discontinued
3.

DA L
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL

No No Plastic No

49.00 USD

4.

DA
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR

Yes Yes Metal Yes 196.95 USD
5.

DA L
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR

No No Plastic Yes

79.00 USD

Note: the DA L versions (3 & 5) are not available for purchase separately, the prices are estimated based on the cost of the a body plus lens bundle (kit). The non-WR DA L version (3) comes bundled with the Pentax K-500 kit and the WR version (5), with the Pentax K-50 kit.


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