18 135 WR users opinions


Link Posted 16/06/2013 - 10:39
Not all reviews were negative, I covered it for ePHOTOzine and liked it so much I bought two.

It's been on my K-5 most of the time since.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 16/06/2013 - 12:04
This review seems fair. I'll say it's far from glowing, but it isn't all doom and gloom either. I think it's pretty honest about the lenses strengths and weaknesses. http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1384/cat/46
My Flickr Pentax K-5 K-5 II Sigma 8-16mm F/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD ASL SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F/2.8 ED [IF] SDM SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F/4-5.8 ED SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR Vivitar 100mm F/3.5 Macro AF Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2
Last Edited by MarkTaylor on 16/06/2013 - 12:04


Link Posted 16/06/2013 - 12:39
I think the poor reception was quite closely linked to the cost, as on release it was considerably overpriced - and all reviews made much of that. I think some reviewers never got past that - photozone notwithstanding. as part of a camera kit as Assn upgrade to the usual 18-55, it was fair value, and now of course the price has dropped making it arguably greatvalue for money considering all the plus points already mentioned.


Link Posted 16/06/2013 - 12:56
I bought mine having read John had bought two,good enough recommendation for me! I didn't get mine as cheap though!

This is the only Pentax lens with this DC motor, no idea why as I think it should be standard. I just wish we had camera shops to try such stuff in. SRS is a long drive for some of us


Link Posted 17/06/2013 - 21:43
wvbarnes wrote:
This is the only Pentax lens with this DC motor, no idea why as I think it should be standard.

Because they have unsold SDM lenses, which would become even more difficult to sell if they announced new DC-equipped refreshed of the DA* lenses. Pentax's response to SDM failures makes Microsoft's initial response to 360 RRODs look professional.
Last Edited by MrCynical on 17/06/2013 - 21:44


Link Posted 17/06/2013 - 21:53
SDM failures are a thing of the distant past MyCynical. Lenses that did fail were fixed under warranty and SDM motors now seem to be very reliable.

The new 18-270mm seemed to be a suitable candidate for a DC motor, but it is actually marked up as SDM. So the DC motor lens seems at this time to be a one-off, not a conspiracy.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 19/06/2013 - 21:49
This lens thought me to ignore reviews, which mostly are based only on sharpness. No surprise since only this characteristic can be exact measured by making images on brick walls.

Yes, there is some corner softness but that is something only for pixel peeps to dig in (as if all of them prints billboards from their pictures). The lens is very good and has so many advantages and excellent central sharpness. It's worth every penny I have paid 2 years ago.


Link Posted 20/06/2013 - 21:20
Agree with all the positive comments above. I bought mine from SRS a year ago as a bundle with my K5 and it's been my main lens since. Only problem with it is that it's so damn useful and versatile that I find myself getting lazy and leaving it on the camera when sometimes I should be using my 17-70 (which I love but now use far too little as a result - though I'd never sell it)!
Cheers, Adam
Body: K5
Flash: AF-360
Primes: Pentax DA 35 f 2.4, Pentax DA*55, DFA 100 Macro
Zooms: Sigma 10-20 f 4-5.6, DA 17-70, DA 18-135, DA 55-300, Sigma 50-150mm f 2.8 (Mk 2)
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