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

Last updated (22 July’10):
– Review by Photozone

The Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL features 18-55mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 11 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.25m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens weighs 220 grams and it measures 68mm in diameter and 67.4mm long.

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Reviews

Photozone reviews the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL and writes;
“The center and border performance is fine here but the extreme corners are somewhat soft. Pronounced vignetting and reduced contrast are also present at f/3.5. At 35mm and 55mm the situation is much better. CAs are very well controlled. The build quality is good for a kit zoom and a level up from the rest of the gang such as the Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 or Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL and writes;
“Lateral chromatic aberration was surprisingly well controlled with negligible CA at the 35mm, 45mm and 55mm focal lengths and low CA at 24mm. In our Imatest assessments we found the test lens performed best at wider apertures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL User Reviews

A very good lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The basic kit lens for the *ist DL/DS and the K100/110D, this is very serviceable lens. Is isn’t perfect: it gives a few issues at the extremes, and has just a small amount of play, rather than being ‘tight’ like more mainstream lenses from Pentax. Nonetheless, it is a very good kit lens, and its light weight and overall utility make it a handy general purpose lens.” – by Robert Slaughter

Very good kit lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I think this is a good lens, especially for the price. It can be pretty sharp at smaller apertures, and reasonably sharp wide open.” – by James Lin

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens for Pentax | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens, which was designed to go with my Pentax K110D camera works well with it and I am impressed with it light weight. I havent used it enough to make a definitive statement about it’s pictures, but at first look they appear a little darker than those made on the same camera with my old, compatable Pentax lenses. “ – by John T. McLaughlin

The ultimate value. The best “kit” lens by far.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“when I want a solid, basic image quality around 24mm, with the option of going slightly wider (with softness on the corners) or somewhat longer (with excellent IQ), I put this sucker on my K100D, often with a 52mm Hoya circular polarizer filter.” – by Bryan J. Smith

Terrific kit lens! WOW optical quality! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Well, it is sharp enough to do any job you may put on it. Photography it is not about the race who is sharper. This lens has very nice, smooth rendition all over the field and it is so nice that I found myself preferring it in many situations. It is not “super fast” but for absolute majority of tasks it is very good choice. “ – by Alex Vox

Very nice lens. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Not the very best Pentax lens out there. But the DA 18-55 is a very good little zoom to carry around with a very usable zoom range, very light and well constructed and at a very reasonable price. Nice looking too. “ – by Edgardo Font Ulloa

Excellent kit lens: Give it a try first | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens performs great between 24mm-50mm with an aperture fo f 8 or f 11. They are sharp the colours are acurate. While comparing prints (7×5 “) i cant find difference between the pentax kit lens and a prime 50mm f:1.7 on the canon Rebel.” – by Saikat Deb

Great Service, Great Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“I received my lens much faster that I had hoped for and it was in excellent condition. I’ve already taken over 400 pictures with it and am very satisfied! “ – by Dana C. Forster

Pentax Lens 18-55mm | Rating: ★★★★★
“More than pleasantly surprised with the quality and versitility of this lens. If you’re a Pentax user, add this lense to your arsenal, you won’t be disappointed “ – by Douglas G. Holland

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Features & Specifications

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Specifications

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Auto Focus Zoom Lens Features

The PENTAX smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 is recommended for use with digital cameras. Ideal for beginners, it provides a focal length covering a wide to moderate wide-angle range. Like all PENTAX lenses, the smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens is treated with PENTAX’s acclaimed smc coating for maximum light transmission, sharp definition, and high contrast while minimizing flare and ghost imaging.

* Equivalent focal length to 27.5mm-84mm in the 35mm format with *ist DS
* Compact dimensions with minimal aberrations
* Responsive “Quick-Shift Focus System” allows instant shift from AF to MF
* The image circle is designed to match the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs
* Comes with a lens hood to minimize flare and ghost images

What’s in The Box:
* DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL Lens (21547)
* Lens Hood PH-RBA 52mm (38741)
* Lens Cap F 52mm (31515)

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