Excerpt: This poor little lens does seem to be one of the 'whipping boys' of the range. It is, even so, an SMC Pentax lens, with a very useful range, efficient auto focus, great contrast and colour saturation, and can be picked up pretty cheaply. What's not to like?
Pros: Useful range, lightweight, good value for money.
Excerpt: Little can be said abut this lens. It's a good kit for starters, because of its price and zoom range. IQ is so-so, but not for prints. Bokeh is also good when the shots are made outdoors, and it doesn't render points of light very well, also masses of leaves.
Excerpt: I've had this lens for a while. I originally used it on a k1000, but found there to be minor issues with the old body and new lens. I had to have the aperture lever repaired once because the k1000 was a bit hard on it. On my PZ-1 it's been nothing but creamy goodness. I've shot 2 weddings with it and have nothing but good things to say about it in that regard. Solid color reproduction, acceptable contrast, and is very light.
Pros: CHEAP! Good AF speed, Aperture Ring
Cons: Plastic build, filter size is a bit big, no DOF scale
Excerpt: The proof is in the pudding -- pictures taken with this lens look great. If you pixel peep, it is softer in the corners. But overall the resolution is good, contrast is crisp and the colours are great. I am always knocked out by how saturated the colours are -- using a polarizer, the colours are almost TOO saturated!
Pros: Great colour, very sharp in the centre, light weight, excellent price/performance.
Cons: No distance scale, front element rotates, flimsy manual focus ring.