Excerpt: For the short time I have owned it, I have found the pictures to be sharp, crisp, and good contrast. The build is a little lacking have a plastic mount, and is a little noisy focusing. But for <$ who could ask for more.
Excerpt: I bought a K-3 simply because Nikon and Canon have never heard of "rain." all of the lenses I have with the K-3 are WR, weather resistant, so I decided that I really should have a couple of decent prime lenses that i could use, weather permitting.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens as a gift for my dad who recently purchased Pentax K-3. Very light weight. Sufficient sharpness wide open. The lack of an image stabilizer (Pentax has one on the body, I believe) and a silent motor plus all plastic construction make this lens a little too pricey to me for a...
Excerpt: I mostly use the lens to document hikes with my dog. The pictures are posted on our blog. It is sharper than the kit lens ( which I badly scratched) though it seems to have less contrast. That is easily fixed in processing.
Excerpt: I was looking for a normal fixed focal length lens for my k-x that was reasonably sharp and moderately priced. I'm not enough of a photographer to be able to compare this lens with others, and I've only done a couple of sets of test photos.
Excerpt: Image quality vs cost is very strong on this lens. Could not resist adding to my collection due to holiday sale prices. Plastic mount is slight negative but I can over look the plastic mount and lacking lens hood for the image quality.
Summary: Prior to buying this lens, I've just been using the 18-135 WR that I bought with my K-30. I wanted to try a prime and this was the cheapest one I've seen that got decent reviews. I've been using it for about a week; I'll update in 6 months or so. I'm impressed so far.