7 out of 10 points and recommendedWell built, fast focus, weather resistantDissapointing shots
I had visions of this lens being my day to day lens and saving the 50-135 for important shoots. Gotto say the images were never 'great', always ok but never great. After about 2 months I put my previous day to dya lens on for one special occasion (18-250) - and wow the photos of my kids at a school formal event were immediately noticeably better.reviewed June 22nd, 2013 (purchased for $550)
When money got tight one lens had to go and a little reluctantly the 18-135 was sold.
Maybe I had a bad copy, or maybe the 18-250 is a better than average copy but optically there was not comparison. My 18-250 is not far behind the great 50-135 in many conditions.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedVersatile, pretty well built, great photos in right conditionsSlow, not weather resistant
I think I was blessed with a great copy of this lens. It produces shots damn near as good as the 50-135.reviewed June 22nd, 2013
Wish it was weather resistant.
Fairly slow focus but that's less of an issue on the k5II than the k200d.
Always feels better knowing this lens is available - whatever I'm shooting from models to landscapes - even if its buried deep in my pack sometimes.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedQuality, handling, weather resistance, quick shift,SDM (always in the back of my mind),
Helluva lens. From f3.5 and up has never let me down. Early I tried the 2.8 in unsuitable situation (hasty glamour shoots in nature etc) and was frequently underwhelmed but now I understand it better - its just brilliant.reviewed June 22nd, 2013 (purchased for $970)
If Pentax ever need an idea for a new lens - combine the best of this lens with the best of the 18-135 and create a 30mm ish to 100-110mm ish constant aperture , WR, DC focus lens I'd be over the moon. Other than that I'll never be without this lens as main outdoor glamour lens.