The Pentax 18-55mm is a lens included in the kit for the Pentax K200D. It does not shine with special qualities, like all inexpensive lenses from the complete sets.
The lens is a kit. What is a kit lens?
Kit lens (from the English kit - kit) - slang word - interchangeable lens, which comes with the camera at the time of sale. Often this refers to a specific entry-level zoom lens that comes with budget cameras (EF-S 18-55mm f / 3,5-5,6 for Canon, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 VA for Nikon, 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 Sony, DA 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 AL from Pentax, etc.)
Pentax 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 AL in action
Ergonomics and appearance
The body is made of plastic, the plastic is non-marking, has no embossing, like, for example, Canon EF-S 18-55 mm. Have lens variable aperture: f3.5 at the near end, 5.6 at the far end. The aperture is controlled mechanically, for this there is a corresponding output from the end of the SMC DA Pentax 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 AL. The minimum focusing distance Pentax 18-55mm is 25 centimeters, infinity comes from 9 meters. Metric values are marked in green, imperial values in blue.
The focal length range makes lens station wagon for every day. The focus and zoom rings are rubberized. The focusing motor is quite noisy, the focusing ring does not lock and moves freely, allowing you to fine-tune the focus in one direction or another. When focusing, the leading edge lens moves only along the axis, thanks to this, you can use polarics, without much hemorrhoids.
In the resulting frames at open aperture values, there are color aberrations, which are eliminated without problems by covering one aperture value, or in graphic editors during post-processing. Doesn't like backlight - loss of detail and contrast is guaranteed. It does not have a stabilizer built into the body, since the stabilizer is built into the camera body.
Also, there are no switches on the lens - control is carried out directly from the camera. Metal mount bayonet - an undoubted plus, although on lenses of this level it is quite possible to do with plastic, which is certainly used by competitors such as Canon, Nikon.
For everyday shooting, for a beginner - quite a suitable lens, despite all its shortcomings. With hands it is inexpensive. This copy is collected in Vietnam. The lens comes with a hood with a special connector to tighten the polarizing filter.
Sample photos of Pentax 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 AL
The quality of photos from optics is not bad, at the level of whale lenses from other manufacturers. With a certain skill, you can shoot more or less high-quality photographs. Samples of photos from it:
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