Summary: Nice kit with Weather seal ring. Nothing special, but nothing really bad either. A good lens, with limited focal reach of course. Everything else says fine starter lens, but get the 18-135 if funds permit. A better buy. I was limited in the $$$$s department. Likes. Color, sharp for what it is. light, and small too. Not... limited focal length, some barrel distortion at widest aperture. That is it.
Summary: First, consider what this lens is. This is the default "kit" lens bundled with many Pentax camera bodies. Why? Because it provides the best coverage of average focal lengths for the average use. Does that mean it is just an average lens? No, it is definitely above average in many ways. For the cost, even when purchased separately rather than with the camera, this is the best overall lens value for Pentax.
Great kit lens - Better than the original DA 18-55
Michael Martin, Amazon
9 August 2013
Summary: I bought the water resistant version of the DA 18-55 to go with my K30. I already owned an older 18-55 which Pentax bundled with my istDS. I have read numerous articles about Pentax improved the optics in newer DA 18-55 lens. Since I now own both an old and new version, I thought I would test the claims. Bottom line is the claims are correct. In my tests, I found both lens perform similar at 55mm both wide open and at f8.
Summary: After I updated the firmware for my K-30 I noticed increased speeds. This lens makes good use of that as it focuses very fast in my opinion. The pictures are very sharp. I love it. Good price, good product, and good service. I'm very happy.
Summary: I bought this lens for my new camera after reading several good reviews on Amazon. I'm very pleased with it. Images are crisp and of great quality. I need to learn how to take advantage of all it has to offer--mostly I'm using it on the automatic setting, but when I get more comfortable with the camera, I'll play around with the exposure settings. I'm glad I chose this lens.
Summary: I purchased this lens for my wife's Pentax K-10D and it performs better than expected. The wife is not much on the technical end and shoots a lot of photos on visits, events, vacation and such. I am very pleased with the performance and she loves it.
Summary: I have used the DA L version and this one has same optics plus inlcudes weather sealing. Since I have upgraded from K-x to K-30, a added this one to my K-30 to make it a WR package. This kit lens has excellent image quality and is best value for your money. To get image quality a little better you must pay 3-times more. Pentax makes one of the best in class kit lenses compared to Canon/Nikon and others.