18-135mm discontinued


K10D

Link Posted 25/05/2015 - 23:45
Just reading that Ricoh have discontinued the 18-135mm so maybe another version is due?

Best regards
cameradextrous _ Motorcycles etc. link

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 00:11
Have just seen the headline myself...also the manual and some images from K3II are now accessible via a link from photorumors.

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 06:25
Strange. The lens seems to have been universally dismissed by the reviewers but generally liked by those who owned and used it. I always thought it a bit expensive for a souped-up kit lens.
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 08:07
I'm surprised to see that, it seems quite popular. Maybe to force people into the much more expensive 16-85mm.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

sterretje

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 09:36
K10D wrote:
Just reading that Ricoh have discontinued the 18-135mm so maybe another version is due?

Best regards

DA16-85

PS Do you have a link?
Pentax K10D + Vivitar 55/2.8 macro + Super Takumar 55/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 85/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 135/3.5 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 200/4 + Super Takumar 300/4
Pentax K100D + DA18-55ALII + DA55-300
Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)
Last Edited by sterretje on 26/05/2015 - 09:37

wvbarnes

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 10:00
It still has a page on the parent site... link I see little logic in stopping this very useful if modest aperture lens

DrOrloff

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 11:13
Maybe they will upgrade the coating. The 18-135 seems to sell well, seems well suited as a travel lens for the extra reach and smaller size. There must be room for this and the 16-85, which is pricier too.
You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined

McGregNi

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 15:31
Recent comparisons I've been reading on various forums (not formal testing) reveal that many value the extra 2mm at the wide end over the longer reach. IQ is rated a little better on the 16-85 as well, am I right?
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

StephenHampshire

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 15:43
McGregNi wrote:
Recent comparisons I've been reading on various forums (not formal testing) reveal that many value the extra 2mm at the wide end over the longer reach. IQ is rated a little better on the 16-85 as well, am I right?

The IQ is a little (little) better - more even across the frame. The 16-85 is a bigger lens. I prefer to have the extra at the long end, I have other lenses I'd rather use at the wide end. I've just bought a second 18-135 so I can have one on both of my bodies.
Everything Changes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arleimages/

johnriley

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 17:10
"Discontinued" lenses seem to stay around for a very long time though, so I guess we have time to buy an 18-135mm if we want to. It's one of my favourite lenses, despite its technical "failings", the character of the image it produces is very pleasing.

The 50mm f/1.4 is another lens that has been reported as discontinued time and again over recent years. It's still with us, and might well be very useful with the new FF body!
Best regards, John

McGregNi

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 17:36
StephenHampshire wrote:
...... I've just bought a second 18-135 so I can have one on both of my bodies.

??? Huh That's odd isn't it? I thought the point of two bodies was to have a DIFFERENT lens on each, in order to save time changing lenses? ... Not the SAME lens on both bodies !

(I'm assuming there's a perfectly logical explanation, something unintelligibly obscure to non-
Steam train shooters .... Risk of steam and coal dust ingress, that sort of thing ... )
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver

ilovesaabs

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 19:55
McGregNi wrote:
StephenHampshire wrote:
...... I've just bought a second 18-135 so I can have one on both of my bodies.

??? Huh That's odd isn't it? I thought the point of two bodies was to have a DIFFERENT lens on each, in order to save time changing lenses? ... Not the SAME lens on both bodies !

(I'm assuming there's a perfectly logical explanation, something unintelligibly obscure to non-
Steam train shooters .... Risk of steam and coal dust ingress, that sort of thing ... )

Body 1 high iso Body 2 low iso














AKA Welshwizard/PWynneJ
Assorted Pentax/Nikon/Mamiya stuff

StephenHampshire

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 19:59
ilovesaabs wrote:
McGregNi wrote:
Quote:
...... I've just bought a second 18-135 so I can have one on both of my bodies.

??? Huh That's odd isn't it? I thought the point of two bodies was to have a DIFFERENT lens on each, in order to save time changing lenses? ... Not the SAME lens on both bodies !

(I'm assuming there's a perfectly logical explanation, something unintelligibly obscure to non-
Steam train shooters .... Risk of steam and coal dust ingress, that sort of thing ... )

Body 1 high iso Body 2 low iso


No, the K5 and one 18-135 will live in the car, so I have a camera with me for those many times that I see things when I haven't got my main kit with me!












Everything Changes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arleimages/

Roscoe

Link Posted 27/05/2015 - 12:31
K10D wrote:
Just reading that Ricoh have discontinued the 18-135mm so maybe another version is due?

Best regards

Having purchased this lens, only this year I'm surprised to read this.

I have have had some excellent results with it, and indeed it is my "always on" lens.

I have found no flaws or problems with it,and as their lens range is somewhat limited, wonder like yourself what the reasoning is behind this decision
Add a Comment
You must be registered or logged-in to comment.