Excerpt: I purchased this lens because the Pentax kit zooms that came with my K01 had me missing shots from trying to switch them out. I looked at a lot of lenses, and finally chose this one due to it's auto-focus reliability.
Pros: Fast and reliable focusing. Quiet. Good image quality
Excerpt: I picked this lens up along with a K5II, as I figured I needed a WR lens to take advantage of the sealing on the K5II. I live in a pretty wet climate, so I was really excited to finally be able to go out and shoot in the rain.
Pros: Colours, good IQ, contrast, pretty sharp up to about 80-100mm, WR!!!, quiet autofocus,
Cons: 135mm isn't great, extends when zooming, focus ring behind zoom ring,
Excerpt: I bought this lens to supplement my other lenses. I already had a number of primes and a couple zooms but found myself shooting more and more in harsh environments so I got this lens. Unfortunately I couldn't afford one of the da* lenses in this range but I'm very happy with the 18-135.
Pros: Weather sealed, handles well, sharp stopped down, and color rendition
Summary: I wanted a little longer zoom, and this does pretty well. I think it will serve for a decent everyday lens. I find it slightly annoying that it zooms out as I carry it, but it's not really a problem. Nice that it's weather-sealed.
Summary: The DA 18-135 is a fine lens in its price category. Weather resistant, quiet and quick focus, paired with the Pentax WR bodies it's a good choice for travel. Unfortunately, the seller, Sunset, is parting out lens kits which don't include the hood - this is not apparent in the ad. If that suits your needs, the price is acceptable. The misleading ads are not.
2 weeks and I think it will be my walking around lens
29 June 2013
Summary: Its not perfect, its not stunning, but its a solid walking around lens with WR. Since I wanted a WR lens for my WR camera there were only a few options. The Pentax 18-135 seems to fit the bill nicely. The zoom is great, the focus is rather quick. Slight noise in the motor. My biggest issue is with the vignetting at wide-angles. Very noticeable when shooting against a monotone background.
Excerpt: This is a solid performer. It is well made and of high quality. Image quality is good, but has some limitations. But nothing more than expected from a lens of this type. Biggest drawback is its rather small aperture of only f/5.6 at the longest focal length. But I have no problem with recommending this lens. If you want a super zoom, this is probably the best one available for Pentax.