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08-22-2013, 09:03 AM   #46
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This thread has made me dig up my DA-L 18-55mm that came with my K-x. I shot with it for the first year before moving on to better lenses. However, now that I started using it the past few days, I've been really happy with how lightweight and compact it is for a modern zoom. I can easily hand-hold the camera, with just one hand, and snap away. The actual optical results have also been surprisingly good; perhaps my expectations were set a bit low. Anyway, the light weight of the lens reminds me of when I use my primes and that makes me very happy. When I slapped my DA 18-135 or Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 zoom lenses back onto the camera, I definitely felt the weight of the camera every time I picked it up or put it down on a table. And those aren't even very heavy lenses, but are both over 400 grams.

Anyway, thanks for reminding me to give my lowly 18-55 a spin again. It's been a few years and it's just sat in my cabinet at home, feeling no love.

Now this weekend I might give some attention to my DA-L 50-200mm, which has been neglected ever since I acquired a DA 55-300... again, for the same reason as above, I bet I'll enjoy using the DA-L telephoto zoom because of its compactness and lightness, whereas the DA 55-300-- which excellent optically-- is definitely a bit bulky and large in comparison to the 50-200 zoom and doesn't always make it into my travel bag...

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@seventysixersfan -- "Now this weekend I might give some attention to my DA-L 50-200mm..." Good! You know, it's parfocal... so if you focus at 200mm and then zoom in to 50mm, it will stay in focus. Parfocal, as you can imagine, was a big deal to movie and TV guys, before fast autofocus. But you'll find a use for it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
Now this weekend I might give some attention to my DA-L 50-200mm, which has been neglected ever since I acquired a DA 55-300... again, for the same reason as above, I bet I'll enjoy using the DA-L telephoto zoom because of its compactness and lightness, whereas the DA 55-300-- which excellent optically-- is definitely a bit bulky and large in comparison to the 50-200 zoom and doesn't always make it into my travel bag...
Exactly why the DA55-300 gets left behind - my DA18-55 WR, DA50-200 WR and a DA21 are the ones I usually take
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QuoteOriginally posted by kh1234567890 Quote
Exactly why the DA55-300 gets left behind - my DA18-55 WR, DA50-200 WR and a DA21 are the ones I usually take
+1, time to pull the DA L 50-200 out again, which I know is a very good copy. Used the 55-300 on my K-30 about two weeks ago, taking about 5000 hand held shots of various school sports, and had tennis elbow ever since. I only used the extra 100mm in about 20% of the shots. next time I'll put the 55-300 on my K-x on a tripod nearby for those few shots I might need it for...

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QuoteOriginally posted by kh1234567890 Quote
my DA18-55 WR, DA50-200 WR and a DA21 are the ones I usually take
That's a very versatile combination!
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Tess just went out on a trip with nothing but the Sigma 18-250, that certainly uncomplicates things....
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My 18-55 WR.....I bought it separately (Grey Market) and it has been a great lens for me. I doubt I'll ever get rid of mine.

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18-55 wr

Wonder if someone can answer my question: Was the 18-55 WR version ever sold as the standard kit lens for any Pentax camera? If so, which?

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QuoteOriginally posted by ivanvernon Quote
Wonder if someone can answer my question: Was the 18-55 WR version ever sold as the standard kit lens for any Pentax camera? If so, which?
K7, K5, K5 II, and K30
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QuoteOriginally posted by geomez Quote
K7, K5, K5 II, and K30
I can verify that my K30's box had the WR and the camera as a kit.

Most of my film years were with various K bodies (see list in my signature) and the main lens used was a 28-80 Takumar A that is much maligned in the reviews. I can tell you this lens is light years better than that one.

With the Takumar, I always had to avoid the extremely large and small apertures and keep to the middle. With the 18-55, I don't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jon404 Quote
... Good! You know, it's parfocal... so if you focus at 200mm and then zoom in to 50mm, it will stay in focus. Parfocal, as you can imagine, was a big deal to movie and TV guys, before fast autofocus. But you'll find a use for it!
Is the 55-300 also parfocal?
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K5 with 18/55 kit lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
The kit lens can give you good photos in favorable light.
But a great lens gives you good photos when the light isn't so favorable.
Agreed
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