Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens

Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens

B&H # PE185535WR MFR # 21880
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Product Highlights

  • For Use With Pentax Digital Cameras
  • Weather Resistant
  • 18-55mm Focal Length
  • Fully Automatic Diaphragm Control
  • Filter Window
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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

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The Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens is a standard focal length zoom lens designed specifically for Pentax digital SLR cameras.  Blending versatility with affordability, it has a broad range of applications from indoor pictures, portraits, and landscapes to family photos and other general situations.  This lens is weather resistant to handle damp, inclement conditions, and has a great wide angle capability with a standard 3x zoom range.

Weather Resistant
Weather resistant to handle damp, inclement conditions.
SP Coating
Pentax Original SP (Super Protect) coating repels dust, water and grease.
Compensation for Spherical Aberration
This lens has aspherical elements to help compensate for spherical aberration.
Equivalent to 27 - 84.5mm lens
Focal length is equivalent to 27mm - 84.5mm in the 35mm format.
UPC: 027075154407
In the Box
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens
  • Lens Hood (PH-RBC52mm)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 18 - 55mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27.5 - 85.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 38
    Camera Mount Type Pentax K
    Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
    Angle of View 76° - 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
    Magnification 0.34x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.7 x 2.7" / 6.86 x 6.86 cm
    Weight 8.1 oz / 230 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.8"

    Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A WR lens with good IQ Very useful for a first lens, or when it starts raining and your in that I need a photography fix moment; or on vacation and the weather is not so good. The lens feels well made. Better than most APS kit lens. Has a metal lens mount, Pentax special hood with window slide out to move CPL filters. And good IQ. I have to give it five stars because there is nothing in its price range from any manufacture that covers 18-55mm with good IQ, has image stabilization and has a metal mount and has a special lens hood and solid build quality compared to cheaper feeling kits and is weather resistant. A true value.
    Date published: 2013-06-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent lens for the price. Though I dislike the filter thread being 52mm, the lens is a great wide angle lens for shooting scenes outdoors, and great for using for creativity. I would suggest adding this lens to your kit just because the build is strong, and well. The lens is not the best for shooting pictures of people because it is a wide angle lens and will make your subjects not as flattering. This lens does great for anything creative or artistic as well. Auto focus is a little loud but I hardly use that, lens creep is minor but I use a rubber band to keep it in place when I am shooting after 25mm or greater.
    Date published: 2014-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lens This is wonderful feeling lens. Both the zoom and the focus rings feel very smooth when rotating, with none of the plastic on plastic feel that so many cheaper zoom lenses have. It also looks much nicer than its price would suggest. The fact that it's weatherproof and focuses close enough that many won't need a separate macro lens, is just icing on the cake. The output is very decent for most situations and stopped down to F8 becomes very good. Since you can't find another weatherproof and good zoom lens in this price range, I have to give it 5 stars.
    Date published: 2013-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax 18-55mm WR I threw this on the new, little Pentax KX and couldnt be happier! The build construction is superior to the kit lens and I also think it takes sharper images. Perfect all purpose lens for the Pentax KX. Although the KX isnt weather-sealed at least its sealing dust and moisture from getting into the lens or sensor. The lowlight performance was awesome! I just cranked up the ISOs on the Kx and I was taking shots nearly in the dark and coming out with good shots! The flash didnt come up. Its very light, going along with the compact and light body. It doesnt seem cheap, but I also now I got what I paid for which is actually a pretty sweet little lens. The KX and this lens is my set-up I bring to concerts or Im hiking in the woods. We'll see how well it holds up...
    Date published: 2010-07-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good kit lens This lens replaces the old 18-55 DA lens because of its weather sealing. There is very little image difference between the two of them. I think my old kit lens is a great copy. For landscape photos during the winter months and in wet or dusty conditions, it is a great lens. Add a close up lens and it does decent macros with good brokeh. Add a Minolta .8 teleconverter lens and it becomes a good 15-44mm lens. Distortion can be corrected in camera on the KX. A very versatile lens configuration that is a great buy.
    Date published: 2010-08-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprisingly decent I bought this lens just so I would have something to use in the rain, expecting something like Nikon's and Canon's kit lenses only with a few gaskets added on. I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality of the lens I received. There is little slop in the zoom and focus rings, and little features like the non rotating front element, included hood (with filter door), distance scale, quick shift af and rubber grips make it feel very solid. The lens uses screw drive af, which combined with the k7's snappy motor makes this lens focus much quicker than competing products for other mounts which use low quality lens based motors to keep costs down. It is louder though. Image quality is nothing to rave about. The lens is a bit soft at all focal lengths and apertures and has noticeable green/magenta chromatic aberrations. In most situations it is sufficient to get the image I want. I have used the lens in heavy rain several times with no ill effects. With a weather sealed body the peace of mind is well worth the low cost of this lens for anyone who plans on shooting in harsh weather and doesn't already own a wr or da* lens.
    Date published: 2011-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best buy lens for Pentax DSLRs This is one of the least expensive lenses made by Pentax for their DSLR cameras, yet it's one of the most useful. Optically, it would score an 8 on the traditional 10-point scale. Slight barrel distortion is present at 18mm, but that clears up as you zoom to the higher settings. It is not the sharpest lens available, but for the money, it's plenty good. It is not a macro lens, but amazingly, it can focus down to about 10 inches, and at 55mm gives near macro results for small object photography. Used on the K-5 or the newer K-3, there is plenty of room in their large images to make a 100% crop that's the equivalent of macro shots with lesser cameras. It's well built with metal bayonet surfaces, and is weather resistant to match the weather resistant qualities of such cameras as the K200D, K7, K5, and K-3. No need to worry about going out in inclement weather with it. It has a useful zoom range of 18-55mm, which in 35mm film terms, is equivalent to 27 to 82.5 mm; wide-angle to medium telephoto, using Pentax's 1.5X sensors. This lens is often packed with new Pentax cameras as a kit lens, and is an excellent choice for all-around use. Among kit lenses, it's a standout and is hard to beat for the money.
    Date published: 2013-10-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great general purpose lens I have been using Pentax equipment for about 50 years. For most of that time, I used Kodachrome film and projected my slides on a 40 or 50 in. screen. Since 2005, I have converted to digital and view my pictures primarily on a 50 in. HD Plasma TV set. I have always enjoyed Pentax equipment because of their small size, light weight and overall quality. I have never had a problem with any of my cameras or lenses. I recently purchased a K5 body to complement the istDS + DA18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens I have been using for the past seven years. When my wife decided she was going to use that camera and lens, I had to find a general purpose lens to tack on to the K5. I considered a number of other Pentax zoom lenses but finaly settled on this one because I was happy with the one which came with the istDS and this one promised to be just as good if not better plus it is weather resistant. It may not be the sharpest or fastest zoom available but, used in the medium focal lenghts (24-45mm) and apertures (F5.6-F11), it produces sharp, contrasty images with minimal detectable distortion. The best lens I currently own is a Pentax-M 50mm f1.7. It can take sharper pictures than the zoom lens but, when viewed on an HD TV screen some 8 - 10 feet away, I cannot see any difference. I am also willing to trade some speed for portability. With the ability to ratchet up ISO value and still have acceptable image quality, I am not sure fast lenses are as much of a necessity as they used to be. Granted, I am not in the business of taking test chart pictures and counting resulting pixels, but for the asking price this lens more than meets my needs and expectations. For more critical work, I have a number of excellent M series prime lenses I can always fall back on.
    Date published: 2012-02-15
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    Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Pentax K-01
    • Pentax K-3 II
    • Pentax K-70
    • Pentax K-S2
    • Pentax KP
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