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SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II Lens

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SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II lens

Optical design

SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II optical design

Format: APS-C (crop)

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Pentax K

First year of production: 2008

Optical design: 11 elements in 8 groups

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Average price: $160


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
18mm - 55mmf/3.5 - f/5.6f/2260.2552220/7,867.5/2,7

Additional information:
  • Angles of view: 76-29°
  • Compatible hood: PH-RBA 52 mm
  • Lens cap: O-LC52
  • Case: S80-120
  • Max. magnification: 0.13X

The SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II is a standard zoom lens with a popular range of focal lengths for cameras with the Pentaх КАF2 bayonet mount.

Equivalent focal length in 35 mm format: 27.5-84 mm

The lens features a very reasonable price-quality relationship.

The SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II pros:

  • Aspherical elements (enhancement of contrast and resolution, minimization of aberrations).
  • Proprietary Super Multi Coating (SMC).
  • Non-rotating front element (convenience for the use of polarizing and gradient filters, as well as other attachments)
  • Special fluorine-based SP coating (for protection against external agencies).
  • Petal hood, equipped with a slide-out window for the easy operation of polarizing filters, included.
  • Instant switching between AF and MF modes.
  • Macro scale 1:3.

The SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II cons:

  • Somewhat "dark" at the long end.
  • Considerable fall of resolution on the edges at open apertures.
  • Notable vignetting at open apertures.

The SMC Pentax DA 18-55mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II  is a good choice as a low-end kit lens. Its range of focal lengths makes it possible to use it for a majority of genres and scenes.

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Posted by: SmileCat   Date of publication: 12.11.2010

Photos taken with this lens SMC Pentax DA 18-55 mm f/ 3.5-5.6 AL II:

Sunset on the Amur
Autor: Krigos
5 0 1831

Autor: Krigos
5 0 1905

child portrait
Autor: Krigos
4 0 2506

Autor: Brit
0.75 0 3126

Mechanical quality3.001
Optical quality2.001
Pricing / Value5.001
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