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smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (8)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easily interchangeable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Sports/action (8)
    • Wildlife photos (8)
    • Macro photography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
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    5.0

    Pentax wonderful

    By Pedal with Pentax

    from Pioneer Valley

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

      Been using Sigma's 18-250 Macro until this little gem came down in price. In terms of center image quality my DA lens wows across the whole range, but compared to my Sigma, seems a bit softer fully extended. I understand this trade off, and love the extra reach to pull subjects in closer. Thanks to the great B and H deal, I'm extremely satisfied with my new 18-270. Only wished it was available as a WC series.

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      5.0

      Great Lens, I love It! everything I hoped for

      By Myke357

      from Tamuning, Guam

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

        It is exactly what I was looking for, THE zoom! With it I am no more in the need to change lenses and can take only the camera with me in my excursions, very confortable ...and no risk to let the dust enter the camera. This is a perfect lens for traveling and everyday-useage. I love it, as it is versatile, ranging from wide to telephoto, which avoids me changing lenses all the time and getting my precious sensor dirty/dusty. I seriously recommend it to people who love to have their camera at the ready, but do not like to change lenses all the time. I have no issues with focus at all.

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        5.0

        Worth every penny!!!

        By ElOpp

        from Santa Monica, CA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

        Wonderful zoom lens!! It has incedible zoom, and the focus ring is much better than others I've used (only matters for manual focusing). If you want to only carry one lens around I highly recommend this one for the gig! I use it for everything from landscapes to close up shots. Great glass for the price. You're very lucky if you get to learn photography on as versatile a lens as this one!

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        5.0

        perfect all around lens, great range.

        By FR

        from South Jordan, UT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

          Sports and wildlife, landscapes, family portraits.
          Clear, performs as advertised.

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Doctor P

          from Bowie, MD

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

            First rate lens that take great photos under any light.

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            5.0

            Good Pentax Product

            By Al

            from CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                This is a good lens for all distances.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3

                By Malik

                from VN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                  All in one nice lens especially when want to travel light only with one lens. It is slightly soft on wide aperture and from start getting sharp from f/6.3 then f/8 to f/11 is very sharp, very nice built in quality and good IQ when comparing with same range 3rd party lenses. I used this lens quite a lot and observed that it getting better and better day by day which means that need time to understand the specification of this lens in order to get the full positive result. I would have been 5 stars if focus was slightly fast in low light condition.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect lens for multiple uses.

                  By Jim

                  from California

                  Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                  I use it on a Pentax K5 body and am delighted with the images fo far. Only taken a few hundred, but absolutely love the performance.

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                  4.0

                  Great everyday lens

                  By LT

                  from Queens, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                    I must say I am pleasantly surprised with this lens. I was worried it might be heavy, but I can walk around the city or park all day! It has become my standard lens.

                    I love the quiet focus and range of this lens. I was using the 50-200 and would have to change lens for a wide angle shot. The 18-270 covers it all. I have been able to get some amazing macro shots too.

                    I would buy this lens again without hesitation.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect Travel mate

                    By Ramesh

                    from Manaus, Amazonas - Brazil

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Not Wr

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travelling

                    Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                    I used to lug half a dozen lenses with me, until I started using a Tamron 18-250, which I changed for a Pentax 18-250, and since last month, upgraded to the Pentax 18-270.

                    One very good move: I managed to change a very good lens for one even better!

                    I am an enthusiast, and love travelling, and decided that the best all-rounder is a 18-270 lens, where I am always prepared for whatever surprise I find - a bird far away, requiring the 270mm, or a sunset, demanding 18mm. A close-up, like a flower, or family and friends getting together: whatever your need, it is there for you, without wasting precious time to change a lens, risking to loose the moment or even getting dust on your sensor.

                    The perfect traveler's companion!

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Lens!

                    By Malik

                    from VN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                      I have used Tamron 18-200, Sigma 18-250 and then just came across to Pentax 18-270 and I must say that it was not bad to make up my mind and buy this lens.
                      This lens is amazing all in one lens, I used it on my vacation trip and was extremely happy with the performance.
                      Fast Auto focus though a bit struggle in low light but still much better than others,
                      I don't think its a negative point since we all know that we have to compromise somehow for all kinds of zoom lenses.
                      The sweet point of this lens start from 6.3 then 8 to 11 like a razor sharp.....

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                      5.0

                      Good walk around lens

                      By old photog 79

                      from Hideaway, Texas, U.S.A

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast And Quiet Focusing
                      • Solid build

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens:

                        Got this lens to replace a Tamron 18-200mm zoom.
                        The Tamron lens was working well, but I liked the extende zoom to 270mm and the SDM focusing as I shoot a lot of action shots. Used it last weekend to cover multiple events at our community Independence Day activities for the local newspaper. Took photos of the model airplane show, boat parade, swimming pool events, sky divers, and fireworks, all with good results. Shot over 500 photos. Would recommend this highly.

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