Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR

Last Updated (16 November’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photozone

The Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR features 18-135mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 13 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.4m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR lens weighs 405 g (14.3 oz) and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.0 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Reviews

Photozone reviews the Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR and writes;
“A very positive aspect is the build quality of the lens – the lens body is based on tightly assembled, high quality materials and the weather sealing is a quite unique selling point. The new DC AF motor may not be as fast as Pentax’ SDM but it’s quite fast and comparatively quiet.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine reviews the Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR and writes;
“If it is wanted for general shooting of pictorial subjects and portraits then the lens produces excellent, visually appealing images that have a very attractive character about them. When we add to this the ability to keep shooting in the rain and cold, then we do have an extremely versatile option for Pentax users. In terms of handling the lens is an absolute joy to use.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR and writes;
“Below 100mm, chromatic aberration is tolerable – just some light color fringing in areas of contrast, and only in the extreme corners. As the lens is zoomed in to 100mm and 135mm however, chromatic aberration is quite prominent, in fact, some of the most noteworthy we’ve come to see in these tests. Central performance is still good,”
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR User Reviews

My copy is amazing on K-5
“Great colors, surprisingly not only in good light but also under grey sky around 6pm (far from perfect conditions. In >500 pics I don’t see purple fringing, CA or color bleeding around the edges at 100% crops. ” – By BookWorm
Rating: ★★★★★

Pretty good
“So for really critical work, I go for my primes, like the 50mm 1.4. But for travel and street photography, this is very good. It’s not fast, so Pentax’s nice in-body stabilization comes in handy, for a bit slower shutter speeds.” – By Eolake
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great travel zoom
“I tested it and found it was front focusing slightly. Easy to correct on the Pentax K7 and K5. Now it’s sharp in the center, and sharp enough in the corners.” – By dolphinish
Rating: ★★★★★

Not perfect, but you get a lot for your money
“This 18-135mm is pretty much your best bet. Luckily, it performs decently well for its price. I have this lens and the 35mm F2.4 for really nice, leight-weight travel combination. The focal length of 18-135mm covers about 27 to 200mm 35mm film equivalent range, which is pretty good and covers many types of photos (landscape, portraits, group shots, and mild telephoto for wildlife).” – By powerop
Rating: ★★★★☆

great product
“Auto Focus is suburb even in extremely low light (with the help of the K-5’s AF assist beam) and the Build Quality is rock solid. It really does have a good heft to it. It balances extremely well on my K-5 with Battery Grip.” – By BlackRockBacon
Rating: ★★★★★

Generally good lens for wide zoom range
“In short, it is everything people say. Focusing is quick and quiet. The zoom range is very useable. Photos are sharp. The ability to close focus at 40cm, regardless of focal length, is very helpful. Other zooms have a minimum focal length of around 1 to 2 metres (3 to 6 feet), so you can really get in close with this lens.” – By Adrian
Rating: ★★★★★

Very nice lens
“Auto focus is faster & quieter than the Tamron and so far has always been spot on where as I have had numerous shots with the Tamron with front or back focus issues despite trial and error with the lens adjustment feature on my K-5 camera. As soon as I took it out of the box the first thing I noticed was how solid it felt, a far cry from the plastic feel of the Tamron.” – By photogramama
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Features & Specifications

Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Specifications

The smc PENTAX DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR has an extended 7.5X zoom range is ideal for a wide range of shooting conditions. It is weather resistant to handle damp, inclement conditions. The DA 18-135mm has a compact and lightweight design for easy portability. Direct Current (DC) motor supports quick, quiet autofocus operation.

PENTAX Super Protect (SP) coating helps repel dust, water, and grease, making the lens easier to clean. PENTAX Quick Shift focus system allows instant on-the-fly switching from auto to manual focus. An aspherical lens element helps to compensate for spherical aberration to maximize image quality. Equivalent to 27.5-207mm in the 35mm format. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras.

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