10 out of 10 points and recommendedwide open even enough sharp, f 2 very sharp, f 2,8 extremely sharp,less CA'splastic plastic plastic
this lens is quite better than my old FA 1.4/50, which I can usereviewed January 31st, 2015
with very good sharpness from f2.8.
You'll win one step of aperture and minimize CA's visibly
much more better than zeiss competitor
unfortunately too much plastic in construction (therefore only eight points for construction)
wide open for portraits, f2 even for landscapes f2.8 for documentation. optically 10 full points
10 out of 10 points and recommendedbig zoom range and extremely sharp betwee 50 and 135mmsome CA's, sometimes visible
it is comprehensible that it is very difficult for a manufacturer of lenses to correct image mistakes of such a big zoom range.reviewed January 3rd, 2015 (purchased for $80)
Nevertheless the middle range is phantastic; the extremes of tele and wide angle are still very good, with some CA's. ok. But everybody has a good photo program, nowadays.
With Phsh 4 or 8 I can eliminate the CA's quickly by a hidden switch. And if I sharpem the extremes additionally, this lens allows me big posters up to 15x20" with a good cam.
very highly recommended by me.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedgood marco shootings possible, nice colors, high contrast, good sharpnesslong tele range is not so sharp
this lens has been often "underjudged", inspite of its fine construction. Most of tele zoom have lower results at the high tele ende.reviewed January 3rd, 2015 (purchased for $80)
naturally it is necessary to close the apetrure to f-8-11 and to use a higher ISO range. for sunshine and quick movements optimal to use. If doing this, you'll get phantastic shootings with it.
the maacr device allows to take nice nice photos with flash and ISO 100 of butterlies.
very content with it and highly recommended
10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp lensvery small CA's wide open
extremely sharp stopped down a few to f 5.6-11reviewed January 3rd, 2015 (purchased for $80)
love it very much because of its nice colors, high contrast and
this "old" lens is a hot tip. very highly recommended
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp 7/5 element AF-converteraperture information is done to Pentax cam's
this is my favorite converter for macro shootingsreviewed January 30th, 2015 (purchased for $50)
if your basic lens is well corrected, you'll get very sharp shootings,
but I stop down lens for macros or close-ups to f8-11
For tele shootings of birds f.e. I've developped a trick:
an additional macro ring with achromatic focal reductor will
eliminate any CA, stopped down to f8-11, too.
my high recommendation
high contrast, good color redition and really sharp photos
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp 7/5 element AF-convertervery small CA's wide open
for this low price a very good 2x converterreviewed January 30th, 2015 (purchased for $45)
nice colors, high contrast and good sharpness
I've tested it stopped down to f8-11
very small CA's even with very well corrected lenses.
similar to Tamron 2x MC 7
if you'll get very sharp tele-shootings of birds f.e. try to fit a small macro tube with achromatic lens in it (=focal reductor).
Small CA's will disappear, totally.
highly recommended - much more better than mc4
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp 7/5 element AF-convertervery small CA's
very good contrast, nice colors ad good sharpnessreviewed January 30th, 2015 (purchased for $70)
pay attention to stopping down afew to f 8-11 in order to eliminate few CA's
with well corrected lenses, in this way ver nice photos.
I've done some expriences with good wide angle lenses:
By this converter you don't miss a 50 mm macro lens.
very sharp close ups with it.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp at f 5,6-8,very nice bokeh, excellent colorsplastic buidt
this lens is much more better than 14-42.reviewed January 3rd, 2015 (purchased for $100)
I use it with G-1 and firmware 1.4, because 1.0 is not so sharp.
Inspite of sensor chip being only half so big as APS-C chip,
pictures are very charp.an excellent set lens. very high recommended
very good contrast
high resolution very small CA's wide open, nearly not visible
9 out of 10 points and recommendedexcellent set lens, nearly no CA's, very sharp stopped down to f 8wide open a few week in the corners, the AF slow in darkness (perhaps a cam problem)
the image resolution with 20 MP and improved sharpness in menue is really impressive.I never had so sharp digital images.reviewed July 25th, 2014 (purchased for $100)
excellent color rendition, very nice bokeh and high contrast.
very content with my item.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedextremely sharp single lensplastic buildt
this is a hot tip for engaged photographers.reviewed June 20th, 2014 (purchased for $130)
between f 4 and f 5,6 it reaches highest possible sharpness.
I'm very impressed by color rendition, contrast and finest contours
Even in the edges/corners very high sharpness.
My close-ups of fowers: each shooting a feast for my eyes.
really excellent. very highly recommended
10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp between 24 and 55 mm, high contrast, good colorssome CA's on wide angle 18mm
for a kit lens an excellent zoom lens, but you must know, how to use it.18 mm I use only for close ups of flowers, not for object far distant because of CA's in the corners. My aperture choice is f4.5reviewed April 27th, 2014
24mm - sharp in the corners,too and scarcely CA's
35mm -very sharp wide open, but I take photos between f 4,5 and 5,6 no CA's (35mm are best corrected)
45mm my favorite aperture is f8
for 55mm I take f11.sharp up to the corners and better resolution than 1.4/50 in the corners. oh - you must change proram in k-x k30 k5 etc."elíminate CA's!! very important.
with this lens you can get huge posters, when sharpening and interpolating after with PhSh
10 out of 10 points and recommendedfrom f2,8 very sharp, f 4-5.6 extremely sharp shootings possiblenothing
one of the best lenses, PENTAX ever has buildt.reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $130)
phantastic sharpness even from f2.8 to f 6,7
excellent bokeh, very high contrast, very nice colors
nearly no CA's even in extreme situations of bright light (tree against sunset) with f 6,7
I use it for macro with converter (f8-11) and star shootings (f,2.8)
very content with it. another league than previous lenses.
And they were still very good.for this low price a real highlight
competitors of other brands are overjured in German tests
without any reasons (perhaps sponsored?) inspite this Pentax lens is quite similar or better neraly wide open in the corners!
9 out of 10 points and recommendedbig zoom range, sharp photos, 135mm very sharp with f11 and additional macro ringplastic body
a very good zoom lens for travelling, sports, family etc.reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $100)
good sharpness,high contrast,nice colors, some few CA's on both extreme ends wide open, but they can be reduced by stopping down a few (and the rest by PhSh)
135mm with f11 and macro ring:best results very sharp
macro shootings with this lens possible
10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp wide angle zoom lens,high contrast,a lens for big posterssome few CA's (negligable)
I use ist for 35mm and digital (Pentax k-x,k200).reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $65)
you must stop down this lens to f8-11, you'll discover it's highly performed sharpness. I use it between 400 and 800 ISO.
After sharpening and interpolating big posters are possible.
very content with it, because nearly no distorsion.
an excellent lens. I've bought some items for school for my pupils
in digital photography class
9 out of 10 points and recommendedreally sharp lens, stopped down a few very sharpsome CA's
for this low price good sharpness, stopped down to f 8-11 very sharp,reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $45)
nice colors, high contrast, but some few CA's (must be eliminated with PHSh for bigger prints)
with achromatic macro glass on the top of it and f11 good macro shootings possible
no distorsion remarkable on wide angle
therefore 9 points
6 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp lens in center, good macrosome visible CA's, corners not so sharp
not excellent, but not bad;tooreviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $60)
a simple build zoom for beginners, for prints up to 8x10"
some CA's, weak in the corners
it must be closed to f8-11
pentax 18-55 is nearly full open much mor sharper, especially in the corners. red fringings wide ope with 18mm
8 out of 10 points and recommendedbig zoom range, sharp photos, 135mm very sharp with f8-11 for close-upssome visible CA's, corners not so sharp
good sharpness, stopped down to f 8-11reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $65)
extreme wide angle and tele some CA's
ideal for trips;family feasts
best results between 50 and 135mm, very sharp with f9.5
very good contrast and color transmission stopped down.
wide open a few weak
8 out of 10 points and recommendedreally sharp lens,nice colors,good cotrast stopped down a fewplastic body and CA's
very similar to Tamron's equivalent.reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $70)
naturally, such a lens is not so sharp as a single lens, dued to
this enormous zoom range;it is ok.
wide ope a few weak, but stopped down to f11 really sharp
and high contrast.
I am content with it.CA's must be eliminated and sharpness could be improved by PhSh
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp zoom lenssome few CA's, but not to much
very usefull,not expensive,high optic performancereviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $85)
this is a nearly excellent zoom lens for this low price.
I stop down to f11 and use 400 ISO for very sharp photos up to the corners.
very content with my item
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery easy to use and best photos for this big zoom rangesome few CA's on tele 200mm
I love it.As teacher of digital phtography I had the opportunity to buy a lot of lenses.Among them this lens.reviewed April 27th, 2014 (purchased for $55)
Highly recommanded because of very good sharpness
between 35 and 150 mm approx.good color saturation and high contrast, when stopped down to f 11
Inspite 200 mm are sharp enough, 9 points, because between 100 and 150 mm you can use it with macro ring for macro shootings.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp if stopped down a fewvery small CA's
for a kit lens a very good lens. High contrast and nice colors,reviewed January 31st, 2014 (purchased for $50)
I tested it wide open and stopped down to f8. I compared
with a tree photo against the sky (without leaves).Between 24 and 55 corners are very sharp,too.
In combination with k-x CA's disappearing nearly totally.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp and few CA'sfor telephoto converter resolution not so good
normally, telephoto zooms are not so sharp on 300mm, but not this Pentax lens.reviewed January 31st, 2014 (purchased for $100)
f8-11 and 800 ISO on K-X very sharp and nice colored shootings
I'a very content with it. highly recommended
10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery, very sharp stopped down a fewfew CA's open and stopped down a few
For portraits optimalreviewed January 31st, 2014 (purchased for $100)
I use it for astronomic photography, too.
colors, contrast and sharpness very nice.
Best sharpness on f4.My best lens.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp wide angle zoomfew CA's
when stopped down to f8-11, sharpness is really high.reviewed January 31st, 2014 (purchased for $130)
beautiful colors and bokeh
10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery sharp macro lens, CA's nearly noneplastic construction
for the very low price phantastic results.reviewed January 31st, 2014 (purchased for $70)
macro shootings with f11 are very sharp
6 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp in centrewide open wide angle not so sharp in the corners; CA's
suitable for portraits, for my taste wide open too much CA's on extreme wide angle, not so good for architecture, good lens, but not an excellent onereviewed January 31st, 2014 (purchased for $350)