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Optically just ok, weather sealing a plus though
on 18 November 2014
hmm. I got this lens, together with the 35mm DA lens with my K-3. Optically this kit lens is just ok in my opinion. This is the same for most kit lenses I believe. It's soft unless stopped down. It's not great in indoors/low light, not impressing with fine detail. I find it a struggle to get decent pictures out of it. I was keeping an eye on the ISO too. To be honest this could be partly due to my inexperience with the K-3 but I do have far greater success with the 35mm.The kit lens on my old Nikon 5000 seems better. It's perhaps unfair to compare here as it's apples and oranges. The good news is that the Pentax lens is weather sealed so really handy in Northern climes. It's also reasonably well made and looks good on camera. The CA seems low and focus is not a problem.The 35mm lens out performs it easily. As I got this with the camera I think I will keep it, however I think I will purchase another zoom such as the Tamron 17-50 as I believe it is sharper.