Excerpt: I held off for a long time before giving this lens a try, due to the poor review on Photozone. I balanced that against good reviews here, a pretty solid Popular Photography review, and many good reviews on Pentax forums.
Excerpt: Used with K5 IIs. Terrific walkaround general purpose lens that is robust with a small footprint. I a not a pixel peeper....just a very satisfied shhoter. Quick accurate focus and quite sharp for a slower zoom. It mates perfectly with the K-5 IIs.
Excerpt: I have this lens and I love it. No it is not a prime it is a zoom. This beats the 18-55 Kit lens hands down. The lens is surprisingly sharp. Yes you do some distortion at the wide end but nothing that can be fixed in post and it is only at the very corners.