Built for the road

Everyone needs a lens like this in their kit: one that can weather the elements and get you crisp images wherever your subject takes you. The Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL is just the lens you'll need when you're not sure what's next — a dramatic landscape, a child's face out on the playground — or a drenching rainstorm. With weather-resistant, dust-resistant construction, this lens is the perfect companion to the Pentax K-5 weather-resistant digital SLR. Between the two, you'll have a combo that's built for bringing home the elusive shot under challenging circumstances.

While this lens is rugged, it has a sophisticated side as well. It's got a useful maximum aperture range of f/3.5-5.6, so it's ready for shooting in the great outdoors. Aspherical glass elements, plus special Pentax coatings make your images as sharp and artifact-free as they can be. The Quick-Shift focus system allows instant on-the-fly switching from auto to manual focus.

Product Highlights:

  • Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL standard kit zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 27-84.5mm
  • compatible with Pentax K-mount digital SLR and hybrid cameras, especially the weather-resistant Pentax K-5
  • aspherical glass lens elements and specialized coatings correct chromatic aberration for excellent image quality and sharpness
  • tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction enhances durability for use in both rainy and dusty conditions
  • features the ideal standard zoom focal range for a wide range of shooting applications
  • constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups
  • minimum focus distance: 9-7/8"
  • minimum aperture: f/22-38
  • filter size: 52mm
  • lens is 2-3/4" long, 2-3/4" in diameter
  • weight: 8.1 ounces
  • supplied accessories: front and rear lens caps
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

  • SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR lens (with attached front and rear lens caps)
  • PH-RBC 52mm lens hood (installed on lens)
  • Operating Manual
  • Notification of Change of Company Name sheet
  • Pentax Worldwide Service Network sheet
  • Serial Number Card

Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Pentax
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 18-55mm
Maximum Aperture F3.5 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Weight 8.3 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The smc Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is a 3x standard zoom lens for Pentax D-SLR and interchangeable lens cameras. It is weather-resistant for shooting in damp, inclement conditions.

Lens Mount: The lens has a KAF-mount, and can fit Pentax D-SLR and interchangeable lens cameras with KAF, KAF2 and KAF3 mounts. This includes the Pentax K-5 and K-01 cameras.

Zoom Ring: With the 18-55mm lens, zooming is performed by rotating the zoom ring (closest to the camera body). Markings are provided at 18, 24, 35, 45, and 55mm.

Lens Hood: The lens kit includes the PH-RBC 52mm lens hood to keep unwanted light out of the lens, and protect the front of the lens. The hood can be reverse-mounted on the lens for storage. When installed, the hood adds approximately 1-1/4" to the overall length of the lens.

Super Protect: The Pentax-original SP (Super Protect) coating repels dust, water, and grease to help keep the lens clean.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length: 18-55mm
  • 35mm Equivalent: 27.5-84.5mm
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups
  • Mount Type: KAF-mount
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5-F5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: F22-F38
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.34x
  • Angle of View: 76° to 29°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.84"
  • Lens Hood: PH-RBC
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 2.685"
    • Length: 3.221" (3.637" w/caps)
    • Weight: 8.3 ounces (9.2 oz w/lens hood)

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Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Written By Jerry, Brentwood, CA on Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Fantastically versatile lens, at t great price.

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