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01-13-2011, 12:24 PM   #1
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What's the difference? 55-300 DA vs 55-300 DA L

I'm looking to buy a SMC PENTAX DA 55-300MM and it seems two different lenses come up as I Google for pricing. DA and DA L both come up but it's not clear to me what the difference is. The DA L always shows up being cheaper. Am I looking at the same lens or is there a definite difference?

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01-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #2
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Optically the same. The L version lacks the following:

No Hood.
No Quick shift.
Plastic Vs Metal Mount.
No Case if bought separately.

Technically, the L version is only sold in camera kits, and if you are buying it separately, it has been separated from a 2 lens kit (both the K-x and K-r have 2 lens kits from which the DA L version comes from).
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Thank you for the quick reply. This is helpful and I appreciate it.
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I thought that the DA was supposed to be optically superior to the DA L. Is that really not the case?

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QuoteOriginally posted by tenthumbs Quote
What's the difference? 55-300 DA vs 55-300 DA L
An L.

Oh, and the things pxpaul mentioned.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
I thought that the DA was supposed to be optically superior to the DA L. Is that really not the case?
Optically identical according to all credible references.
05-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #7
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Get the DA version.. the quick shift alone is worth the extra bucks with this lens IMO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pen-A Quote
extra bucks
Here In Canada
DA $449.00 - DA L $249.00= $200 (Metal mount, Hood, QS)

[B&H does not have DAl but DA is $429]

05-25-2012, 04:58 PM   #9

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Optically identical.

Even the DXO Optics Pro lens module for the DA 55-300 (which I don't have) works perfectly with the DAL 55-300 (which I do have).
05-25-2012, 07:13 PM   #10
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Heard the DAL version is less hunting on AF, probably true 'cause I do feel the DAL55-300 (which I have now) is a bit snappier than the DA55-300 (which I had before). Optically should be the same.
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I had both and I would choose the DAL version.

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