Pentax-DA 18-270mm Hands-On Photos

September 19, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012 | 2 Comments | |
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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM lens looks like in the flesh? We have put together a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

A dozen hands-on photos of the new Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM lens.

Looking uncannily like the popular Tamron 18-270mm superzoom, Pentax’s take on the 15x zoom lens lacks the vibration compensation system of the Tamron lens, but happily doesn’t need it because all Pentax DSLRs have anti-shake built-in as standard.

In our brief time with the Pentax 18-270mm, it was pretty quick to focus even in the dim lighting of Photokina (seemingly designed to show photography products at their absolute worse), and also very quiet thanks to the “supersonic drive” AF motor.

Priced at £699.99/$799.95, the Pentax-DA 18-270mm could turn out to be the only lens that you ever need, although Pentax sadly have no plans to sell it in kit format with their DSLRs.

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#1 Rokborn

Does anyone know if its got the huge barrel distortion like the original or have pentax improved it?

9:46 pm - Thursday, September 20, 2012

#2 Pat

Great pictures of the lens. Am I crazy, or is *nobody* interested in what the lens looks like... and is *everybody* interested in what pictures the lens can take???

This article is a wasted opportunity. How hard can it be to take pictures at each range of the zoom, of objects up close and far away, and in bright and dim locations. Other combos nice, but this is basic stuff. "Check out that pretty focus ring!" Seriously? Are test photos here and my browser isn't showing them to me?

2:27 am - Wednesday, September 26, 2012