Excerpt: I found this used locally for $70. Pretty shocked at the sharpness and general lack of major aberration issues. It's light, compact, easy to handle, focuses nicely. I find the colors are GREAT too. A real stunner of a lens at this price.
Summary: A superb Pentax A lens that works very well with my new Pentax K-30 dslr. When I purchased my K-30 I was wanting to be able to use lenses I had for my Pentax Super Program slr camera. They work fine too. This size lens I did not have and at a great Ebay price I have a lens that covers a broad range of shot settings from 80-200mm. It is small and lightweight. There are many great lens values on older lenses that still have plenty of photographic life left in them on Ebay!
Excerpt: Super sharp. I was so shocked when I opened it on my computer, especially a couple of 80-105mm ones. OK at 200mm. But Auto-focus struggled a little sometimes. Failed to catch a running athlete multiple times. Bokeh...... well it is f/4.7 so we should not ask for too much. Overall a very satisfied lens for $50.
Excerpt: I bought this before doing any real research on Pentax lenses, and my haste was rewarded as it should be (!). I naively thought that going for a Pentax zoom I was relatively safe compared to a 3rd party manufacturer...oh dear...
Excerpt: this lens is a little bit underrated ... i tested it at 200 and 100mm against the pentax fa 28-200 (the tamron thing) and it outperforms the hyperzoom. sharpness increases if u add a hood .. i got a telehood i use for my fa 50mm which is way to short but i can see already improvements in sharpness.
Excerpt: Sure, it's not a great, great lens... but for it very small price, it does it job and the results are not very bad ( see my pictures with it). I use it one a Pentax K-x with - 0.7 AV. and in some occasions it can be very usefull for producing interresting pictures.
Excerpt: My copy is quite sharp - only on the long end it´s better to step down a little bit. The feature of the "internal zooming" is really fine. On my PENTAX K-r this lens performs better than PENTAX DA 50-200 or SIGMA AF 55-200 DC. Yes, you will have some purple fringing under extrem conditions, but good normal software can eliminate this.
Excerpt: This is quite an amazing lens for the price that I got it at. The IQ and sharpness of this lens at F8 through all it's range is quite good, considering it's an older zoom. It's pretty light, and isn't very wide, so it fits in my bag quite well. The lightness comes at the cost of build quality, as it is built from plastic.