SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR

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johnriley
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Link Posted 20/01/2012 - 12:29
We've weakened and just ordered two from SRS. At that price, who could resist?

And just when I though lens buying was done with....
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Link Posted 20/01/2012 - 12:51
Naughty!
I have been using mine more and more lately and despite my initial reservations with the IQ on occassions, I have found it to be a great lens.
Strangely enough, adding a K200D to my collection and using it more than my Kr over the winter has meant that I am more careful about the ISO levels when using the Kr. I am convinced this is why I was disappointed with the IQ on the odd occassion with the Kr as I was shooting with them way them too high.
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Link Posted 20/01/2012 - 12:56
You bought it for £ 299 each? enjoy and do post some pics shot with them. Regards, jeeess
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Link Posted 21/01/2012 - 14:54
So, stereo photography then?
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Link Posted 27/01/2012 - 10:04
No stereo photography, but Sue and I went to Mere Sands Wood and Martin Mere yesterday. A couple of images from the 18-135mm are now in the PU gallery and more will follow, plus more on ePHOTOzine of course.

Both lenses are fine, focus quickly and silently and perform exactly as expected. At £299, a real bargain and a very useful general purpose range. The close focusing is a bonus - not a macro, but still usefully close.
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Link Posted 22/02/2012 - 13:03
Just Got back from Scotland and have had the 18-135 on the camera most of the time. I have only had it for a couple of weeks, recent price drop finally persuading me.

I have been using the 18-55 and 50-200 wr lenses for mountain trips lately, mainly as I want to be able to take pictures when there is weather. I found my old Super A tended to stay in the rucksack when the weather was inclement. Since changing to the K10 and K5 I found I needed both kit WR lenses to get the range I needed. Changing lenses is often not really possible to get the shot you want, snow, wind, rain, time and frozen fingers being the problems.

I bought the 18-135 for its WR properties, light weight and its range. I have found it is ideal in all these respects. I have the camera in a holster case, attached to my rucksack hip belt, for quick access as I am moving. It needs to be light and I can still use an ice axe without too much trouble. Not got too used to the focus being close to the mount but it is really not a lot of a problem, I guess I will get used to that in time. Also operating the K5 and lens was no problem with gloves on.









The lack of definition in this one is due to the 50MPH spindrift!

All in all I am very happy with the lens. I took more pictures than normal and also in difficult conditions at times. The camera and lens got pelted in wind (50+MPH)driven spindrift whist taking some of the pictures, neither camera or lens missed a beat. WR is not just insurance, It lets you get pictures you would otherwise miss.
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Link Posted 22/02/2012 - 13:27
Bob, that first image is simply wonderful.

John, I deduce that the recent departure of a 31mm Ltd and the arrival of two 18-135's are financially connected?

The 18-135 is a lens that would probably cover most peoples needs in day to day shooting.

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Link Posted 22/02/2012 - 13:37
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John, I deduce that the recent departure of a 31mm Ltd and the arrival of two 18-135's are financially connected?

Not specifically, no. Our lenses tend to be in a constant state of flux because, apart from anything else, I like to actually try properly the things I write about. Curiosity sometimes, sometimes practical need.

Here's a link to a set of eight images using the 18-135mm, all shot on Monday.
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/johnriley1uk-22471/gallery/photo/angels-1-2222814...
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Link Posted 22/02/2012 - 17:21
Price now upto £359.00
http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/5492/Pentax-smc-DA-18-135mm-F3-5-5-6-ED-AL--IF-...

Park cameras unboxed £299
http://www.parkcameras.com/17146/Pentax-smc-DA-18-135mm-f-3-5-5-6-ED-AL--IF--DC-...
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Link Posted 22/02/2012 - 20:27
Dang, missed it. Well, here's to hoping the hit that price again in a month or two.

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Link Posted 22/02/2012 - 20:37
Opethian wrote:
Dang, missed it. Well, here's to hoping the hit that price again in a month or two.

Still seems to be available at Park Cameras for £299?
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Link Posted 23/02/2012 - 11:54
JohnX wrote:

Still seems to be available at Park Cameras for £299?

But without a hood which will cost an extra £31 .

And also apparently post free.

Although the web page indicates it is as being in stock from my experience it is worth giving Park Cameras a ring as I have often found their web pages wrong in this respect.

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Link Posted 23/02/2012 - 12:18
Interesting, as the lens hood comes with the lens as standard. It looks like a cute way of making the headline price look good!
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Link Posted 27/02/2012 - 00:12
I really love Bob's third picture. I like to walk in the Scottish hills in winter, and that picture just captures the experience perfectly. A mini adventure.

I have also pondered a 18-135mm lens for just this situation. I normally use a trio of Ltds, but in winter mountain weather it is not the best time to swap lenses. In these conditions I tend to use my 16-50mm, however it is big and heavy, and a little bit wide for me in this situation. To be honest, a 28-70mm would probably be more suited to my photography, although weather sealing is nice in wet weather (that snow gets everywhere).

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Link Posted 27/02/2012 - 10:56
mera wrote:

I have also pondered a 18-135mm lens for just this situation. I normally use a trio of Ltds, but in winter mountain weather it is not the best time to swap lenses. In these conditions I tend to use my 16-50mm, however it is big and heavy, and a little bit wide for me in this situation. To be honest, a 28-70mm would probably be more suited to my photography, although weather sealing is nice in wet weather (that snow gets everywhere).

Paul

How about the 18-55 WR Paul, you can pick them up for very little and from what I've read (not based on experience) similiar IQ to 18-135 if not perhaps slighty better in the corners. I have one I take with me together with my 17-70 when the weather is bad just in case, only used it a couple of times though but the IQ is pretty decent.

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