Excerpt: I got this baby with my k-01 as double zoom kit lens, paid 42000 JPY for the kit with the DA L 18-55. As much as i got used to it, i did not need the 18-55 unless i need wide angle, e.g. indoors, and when i am out for shooting, most of the time it is on.
Excerpt: Love this lens. Massive telephoto photography (82mm - 450mm equiv) at a budget price. Great for sports, birds, planes -- action. Perfect, handheld, in daylight. Baseball pix below at f/9, 1/640, ISO 400... taken at field level near 3rd base. Basically, I run around with it on TAv at f/10, 1/500, ISO whatever... works for fast snapshots anywhere in the zoom range. Interestingly, at 300mm, it stops down to f/32 without diffraction... but you'll need a tripod.
Excerpt: This lens can deliver nice sharp photos, even at 300mm and wide open, with minimal CA. My copy has no zoom creep and is all solid when mounted on my K30. In comparison to a screw-driven Minolta 100-200 f4.5 zoom I used to own, the autofocus seems just as fast (and the Minolta is known to be quick). My Penatx 18-55 kit lens is a little quicker though.
Pros: Relatively Sharp, sufficient build quality, good performer for price
Excerpt: Bought this to use mainly at longer focal lengths, but also as an upgrade travel lens from my DA18-250. I read this lens was better at the long end and that's true. I haven't been disappointed. Sharpness is very good, colors are terrific, and i was surprised how nice the bokeh is. For what it is I couldn't ask for much else other than a quieter autofocus. I was able to shoot flamingos with it but if I'd gotten much closer than 100 yards I probably would've spooked them.