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01-15-2011, 09:36 AM   #1
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Help me discern between DA/DAL/DAII etc

I just received my new to me K20D. I want to get an 18-55mm auto focus lens for it - want to keep it simple while I learn the camera before I delve into other lenses.

In my research so for, I've seen the following models:

DA
Da L
DA II
DA AL WR

Maybe there are even more?

I will likely be looking for a used lens unless I can get a new one for $100 or less. But before I make that decision, I need to know what the difference is in these models.

Thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction.

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Our lens database would be a good place to start:

Pentax DA Series Zoom Lens Reviews and Specifications - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database



Pentax DA L Series Zoom Lens Reviews and Specifications - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by stormtech Quote
I just received my new to me K20D. I want to get an 18-55mm auto focus lens for it - want to keep it simple while I learn the camera before I delve into other lenses.

In my research so for, I've seen the following models:

DA
Da L
DA II
DA AL WR

Maybe there are even more?

I will likely be looking for a used lens unless I can get a new one for $100 or less. But before I make that decision, I need to know what the difference is in these models.

Thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction.
The DA is the original model.

The DA II is the improved model, higher resolution.

The DA L is optically the same as the DA II but has a plastic mount and no DOF scale on the lens.

The DA AL WR is the weather sealed version of the DA II.
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Thanks Ole & boriscleto

Exactly what I need to make my decision.

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