Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with KAF Mount
What type of photography is the Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
Lenses in Pentax KAF Mount with Same Focal and Aperture Range
Reasons to Buy Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Distance Scale
| Hood supplied
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Minimum focus distance of 0.25m / 9.8 inch
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| Lens Extents while zooming
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is compatible with cameras that have a Pentax KAF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Pentax KAF lenses are Pentax K-3 III Monochrome, Pentax KF and Pentax K-3 III.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR has a maximum diameter of 69mm and total length of 68mm when not extended. It weighs 230g / 8.1 oz.
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR has a filter thread of 52mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR:
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR has a focal range of 18-55mm and 3.1X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-82.5mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.
The Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is a weather-sealed lens, which provides extra protection to prevent water and dust get inside the lens and camera body under light rain, snow and wind. In order to have effective protection, you have to pair the Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR with a weather-sealed camera body such as the Pentax K-3 III Monochrome, Pentax KF and Pentax K-3 III.
Optical Image Stabilization
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM in Pentax KAF mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
Lenses Similar to Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR With Optical Image Stabilization
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.34x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.25m. For a non-macro lens, the 0.34x is considered a high magnification and will come handy for close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Standard Zoom type Pentax KAF mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 18mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f38 at 55mm .
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR's optical formula consists of 11 elements in 8 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- 1 Aspherical element
- 1 Super-Low Dispersion Glass element
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR comes with a removable petal shaped lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is PH-RBA.
Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is available in Black color.
Popular Comparisons of Pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
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