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07-15-2015, 07:52 AM   #1
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Pentax DA L 55-300mm VS same but WR

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Just curious if there is any difference in these two lenses other then the plastic mount and the weather resistants?


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Optically no difference except SP coating on the front element; theoretically that could make a difference but likely not. Quick-shift to refocus is missing on the DA L though; focus on the 55-300s is 'leisurely' so prefocusing with quick-shift is helpful if you're in a hurry to get a shot.

My used $110 DAL copy suits me just fine - when I can count the hairs on a kitten and see details in a buzzing fly's wing, that'll do


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07-15-2015, 08:32 AM   #3
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Hi!

According to the lens review database on this site SMC Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Reviews - DA L Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database "the DA L version of the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm lens is a budget variant that only comes bundled in camera kits. It lacks quick shift functionality and the bayonet is made of plastic rather than metal" + There is no lens hood included.
Beside these differences vs. the WR (or the original DA) optically they are the same.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jonn46 Quote
Hey Folks,

Just curious if there is any difference in these two lenses other then the plastic mount and the weather resistants?


Thanks
John
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Ah but Caver has citations!

07-15-2015, 01:09 PM   #5
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Great thank you, I knew the DA and the DA L were the same optics but I didn't know if the WR had any added bonus other then the WR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jonn46 Quote
Great thank you, I knew the DA and the DA L were the same optics but I didn't know if the WR had any added bonus other then the WR.
The WR version has
- HD coating (vs SMC coating on the DA and DA L)
- SP coated front element
- Weather resistant
Worth reading the review: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews
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Excellent Caver thank you that was what I was looking for.
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