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09-20-2008, 04:23 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by mazdamazda Quote
Yup, am curious about the difference also... why did Pentax go through the trouble of releasing a 2nd version for the K200D and K20D?
Folks always seem to assume that camera manufacturers have their best interests in mind, but it's often the case that the manufacturer is just trying to make things better for themselves. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just a sensible business decision.

The new version of the lens has one less lens element. If Pentax was able to find an optical formula that provided about the same quality with a lower manufacturing cost, that would be plenty good enough reason for them to switch.

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