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smc Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Easily interchangeable (19)
  • Consistent output (17)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Durable (11)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Wildlife photos (19)
  • Sports/action (15)
  • Macro photography (8)
  • Low light (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't have feature of 18mm-135mm lens

The 18-135 mm lens let you move focus while on automatic focus and if you want the off center point of focus you just switch to manual. Its a quick operation that the...Read complete review

The 18-135 mm lens let you move focus while on automatic focus and if you want the off center point of focus you just switch to manual. Its a quick operation that the 18-270mm lens does not have. And will not have because obviously the motor in the body is not suffient to move the 270 mm lens and thus the motor in the 270 mm lens.

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4.0

Great for the price.

By Camera Bug

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Buyer

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

You can pay more for a sharper lens. But the lens is pretty sharp depending on zoom range and how far it is stopped down. You have to realize that the lens zooms from 18mm to 270mm. That's a long range so some sharpness is sacrificed. Has a pretty smooth and almost noiseless sound when focusing. Nice build quality too. Has a nice hefty feel to it on my pentax k50 camera. No focus shift but for me that's not a big deal. Comes with a really nice petal shaped lens hood.

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4.0

great lens for money

By hunter19

from east windsor nj

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

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

    Went spring turkey hunting lens worked great. Great telephoto took real nice photos

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    5.0

    Very easy to use!

    By Jack

    from Pawtucket, RI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      So far I have only used this lens around my neighborhood and am more than pleased with the results! The photos have all been great for this type of lens. I would not use it for up close photos of insects or other tiny items but overall I am more than satisfied with the results. I have other lenses more suitable for extreme close-ups, which are much better. I see this lens as a perfect fit for scenery while traveling!

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      5.0

      Perfect lens!!

      By Gil

      from Washington DC

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

      I love using this lens while hiking and backpacking. Great range so I don't have to change lenses in less than ideal conditions.

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      4.0

      Perfect Travel Companion

      By Captn Ahab

      from Chicago

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Good Construction
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile
      • Very Nice Photos

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Travel

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

      I take this lens with me when I travel as a replacement for 4 different lenses I used to carry; a wide angle (12-24),a 16-50,a 50-135, and 55-300. The photos are not as sharp or bright as the 16-50 and 50-135; the lens is not as wide as the 12-24. And the reach is not as long as the 55-300. But now when I go on vacation I feel comfortable just carrying one lens with me. In addition to it's versatility, the IQ of the photos is very good. It's not the best in low light, but overall I am very happy with the lens.I noticed that one reviewer complained that the lens does not have the Quick Shift feature to use the focus ring manually while in autofocus mode. I agree that Quick Shift would be a nice feature, but the Nikon version of this lens, the Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR, comes with their quick shift variation, but it does not ship with a lens hood and it cost $. That's almost $ more for a travel lens with 30mm extra reach and no hood.

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      4.0

      Good all-around travel lens

      By Bill

      from Rohnert Park, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        The 18-270 works with well on the K20d and K-r, although I use it mostly on my K3. It is good all-around travel lens. It is good for bird shots, but I find it most useful for close in "macro" type shots for small critters such as butterflies, moths, millipedes, etc. I can stand a good distance away (4 to 6 feet) and still get good sharp images. Sometime it seems a bit soft at very long distances, but I suspect that may be more because of dust/mist/particles in the air. I miss the fact that it's not weather resistant. In inclement weather I have to use my 18-135 lens.

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        5.0

        Just what I wanted

        By ScrewMount

        from Thirroul, NSW, Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy to use Manual Focus
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        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 lens was purchased to replace a world weary Sigma 18-200mm zoom. A good lens but starting to show its age. Matched to a K5 II, the lens is very quiet and smooth in auto focus mode with a light manual focus ring. Zoom ring is large and easy to use but feels a bit stiff, will probably get easier with use. Test shots so far look good with no significant problems over the zoom range.

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          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This lens is not a bust.

          By JJ

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Not Weather Sealed

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro In A Pinch
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I wrote a review on this lens saying the auto-focus is a bust. Gave it 2 stars. Not so. Operator error caused the problem.

          This lens is a good lens

          My Bad.

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          5.0

          Christmas present

          By CMS

          from Kansas City

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

          I purchased this for my husband and it was a big hit! He loved it! Does everything he wanted it to do and more! He was very pleased with its performance and loved the autofocus.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Kathi

          from NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use a cane and can't get to every spot I'd like to get a close up so this was the answer!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pentax-DA 18-270mm

            By Ernie

            from Billinudgel, NSW, Australia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Have used the lens for a couple of month and I am very happy with my purchase. Takes a clearer picture than than the 18-135 lens that came with my K-3. Lens has a solid feel about it as well as a smooth action. Have no hesitation recommending this lens, the joy of not having to constantly switch to my 70-300 lens is worth loosing the distance. Please be aware that I am only a casual photographer and my use of the camera is basic.

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              2.0

              Lens Autofocus is a Bust

              By JJ

              from Hopewell Twp, PA

              Verified Reviewer

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

              General walk around.

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              4.0

              Great Pentax Zoom Lens

              By Tom

              from Colorado

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

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

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

              Have only had the lens for a little over two weeks and taken 30+ pics. So far the pictures have been great as expected from a Pentax lens. A little hard getting used to the quiet focus motor when other lenses I have had make some noise, I will learn. I noticed the focus ring has less travel than other lenses, and would be more difficult to focus manually. But since we don't use manual much these days I don't see a real problem. The 18 to 270 mm zoom range is a big feature. Love it!

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              4.0

              Very good all purpose lens

              By Mesal

              from Missouri City, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • 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:

                Use it for trips when I don't want to take more than one lens. Photos are very good, but like all lenses covering this range it has weaknesses at the extreme apertures.

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                5.0

                All-Purpose Lens

                By Paul

                from Gardiner, Montana,

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • NONE

                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:

                I bought this lens because I don't go anywhere withut a camera and this lens appeared to be a good all-purpose lens and Ihoped it would perform well for me on one of my Pentax bodies.
                It is quite sharp for a lens with that long a zoom range and fulfills my hopes.

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                5.0

                Great travel lens

                By Just for fun

                from Orance County, California

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  Just got back from Alaska, used the lens all eleven days, in rain and cold and worked great. Recommend for anyone looking for a great travel, everyday lens.

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                  1.0

                  Didn't have feature of 18mm-135mm lens

                  By Old Man

                  from Chapel Hill, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  The 18-135 mm lens let you move focus while on automatic focus and if you want the off center point of focus you just switch to manual. Its a quick operation that the 18-270mm lens does not have. And will not have because obviously the motor in the body is not suffient to move the 270 mm lens and thus the motor in the 270 mm lens.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Jay

                  from North Carolina

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I have used this product on my K3-II for about 2 weeks and have seen fine results. I plan to use it in traveling in the next six months and will know more then. Thus far, I find it very sharp at all stops, stiff focus (which I personally like because it will not drift) and focuses very quickly and quietly. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase and would certainly recommend it to others.

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                    5.0

                    Good all-purpose lens

                    By Kat634

                    from New York City

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    I have only had this lens for a couple of weeks, but I am very pleased with it so far. I also have the Pentax DA 18-135, and the 18-270 is definitely an upgrade. It's quiet and seems sharp to me throughout the range that I have used most: I tend to back off from the 270 endpoint a bit. Not a lightweight lens, but you can't heav everything, and I think most people won't find it cumbersome to walk around with. If I ever get a vacation, this will be the lens I take.

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                    5.0

                    B&H and Pentax came through flawlessly

                    By Sandy

                    from Marysville, Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    This lens has outperformed both my expectations and many of the on-line reviews. Image quality, flexibility, amazingly quiet autofocus, all came together to satisfy my needs.

                    I firmly believe this great walking-around lens is the perfect complement to my primes that range from 15 to 35, 50, 77, 100 mm. The only downside, perhaps, is the speed that does limit working in subdued lighting. However, the price of a fast lens with such a focal length range would be prohibitive - I can learn to live with it. I love this piece of glass.

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