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03-18-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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What does "*" mean?

I see with the DA lenses some have an "*". Are these lenses special? If so, how are the different?

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QuoteOriginally posted by madisonphotogrl Quote
I see with the DA lenses some have an "*". Are these lenses special? If so, how are the different?
These are Pentax's top line lenses. Canon uses "L" to indicate the same thing - top grade. One major difference between the DA* lenses and DA lenses is the weather proofing. They also have a large, constant f/stop over the entire zoom range. Image Quality is supposed to be superior. The price is large to match. I am happy with both my DA* lenses, but others are dissatisfied with theirs due to QC issues. I'm lucky - my viewfinder is level, my 16-50 works very well ...

PS, the "*" has been there for quite a while. There were even M* lenses built.
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QuoteOriginally posted by madisonphotogrl Quote
I see with the DA lenses some have an "*". Are these lenses special? If so, how are the different?
It means they are part of Pentax's highest quality line of lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by madisonphotogrl Quote
I see with the DA lenses some have an "*". Are these lenses special? If so, how are the different?
the * is to be read as "STAR"

like others have said, it denotes the best, altho some are better than others even without the stars and what not.

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Poor dear child, I see the makings of a very profound LBA developing Once you know what the "*" STAR denotes, you're well on your way.
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The DA Stars also feature in-lens motors to handle the focusing, rather than the screw-drive from the camera body, and are weather sealed to match the K10/20D.

I'm very happy with my 50-135mm!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Talisker Quote
The DA Stars also feature in-lens motors to handle the focusing
That i little snippet is called SDM
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* (Star) is a wildcard that can mean anything. Of late, the star means that the lens can be of variable build quality, depending on whether your STARS are good or bad, you can receive a stellar lens or a dog.

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* indicates the variable is actually a pointer. Any C buffs here
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You guys are out of control...
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* simply means expect to pay more money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
* simply means expect to pay more money.

That's what I was gonna say. It's Pentax's shorthand for "expensive".
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so what's the difference between the * line and the limited line? If * is top of the line, why are there many complaints about the 16-50?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jshurak Quote
so what's the difference between the * line and the limited line? If * is top of the line, why are there many complaints about the 16-50?
Don't know the answer to the first one. I'd say the ltd's are slightly below the "*" in quality, but I'm not sure. The answer to the second question is: "the 16-50 suffers from 'quality control' issues" IE it is a crap shoot if you buy one.

NaCl(I personally won't go near one)H2O
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
* (Star) is a wildcard that can mean anything. Of late, the star means that the lens can be of variable build quality, depending on whether your STARS are good or bad, you can receive a stellar lens or a dog.
Guess that's the dog star. don't take me sirius............


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