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10-25-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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Difference in 55-300mm Zoom Lens

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I am getting ready to puchase a Pentax K-x (B&H #PEKX2LKBQ MFR #15801) this kit comes with the DA L 55-300mm Zoom Lens. what is the difference between the DA L 55-300mm Zoom Lens and the SMCP-DA 55-300mm lens (B&H #PE553004ED MFR #21720).

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See here for a definition of the DA L series: Pentax K-Mount Lenses Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series

Essentially it's a cheaper, plastic-only version of the same lens. The glass is the same.

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Plastic K-mount; no quick shift manual focus clutch; no hood (I think)

Optics and basic build are otherwise the same.
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^Yup no hood. I have the same kit and bought a generic hood from ebay.

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just buy a hood and you'll be fine with the DAL. it is as good as the DA optically.
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Plastic bayonet mount
No lens hood (optional extra)
No quick shift
No distance markings on the focusing ring.
DAL is sold as a kit.
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hi all, a quick question on this topic....for a real beginner like myself, what would be the advantage to having a da vs. da-l?
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QuoteOriginally posted by spinedr Quote
hi all, a quick question on this topic....for a real beginner like myself, what would be the advantage to having a da vs. da-l?
I'm not much more advanced than a beginner, and I find that with the DAL lenses, I do miss quickshift and the distance scale. In my experience, the 55-300 can hunt more in AF than say, the 50-200, so it's particularly nice to be able to manually "pre-focus" without having to set the MF/AF switch on the camera. Also, if you later decide to get a Raynox macro lens adapter, you'll likely appreciate quickshift there, too.

I had (and sold) my DAL50-200, and should I replace it at some point, it will definitely be with the DA version. But that's just me....

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thanks!!!

QuoteOriginally posted by twokatmew Quote
I'm not much more advanced than a beginner, and I find that with the DAL lenses, I do miss quickshift and the distance scale. In my experience, the 55-300 can hunt more in AF than say, the 50-200, so it's particularly nice to be able to manually "pre-focus" without having to set the MF/AF switch on the camera. Also, if you later decide to get a Raynox macro lens adapter, you'll likely appreciate quickshift there, too.

I had (and sold) my DAL50-200, and should I replace it at some point, it will definitely be with the DA version. But that's just me....
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Without distance scale and quick shift, how would you focus at the hyperfocal distance? Not that it cannot be done, but such features are there for your convenience.
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