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08-21-2018, 01:40 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE

I just ordered: SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE Reviews - DA L Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
from Japan and after that I realised that there is another version:
HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
rated much lower than DA-L version.
Why, any comments?

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I am sure it's better just much higher expectations. The dal is a kit lens with cheaper coatings. It gets rated as a kit lens. The other is compared to great lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by i_trax Quote
I just ordered: SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE Reviews - DA L Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
from Japan and after that I realised that there is another version:
HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
rated much lower than DA-L version.
Why, any comments?
I find that to be quite a good lens but it wasn't so great on my K1
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I have the HD version and it's a good performer On K5/K3. It also comes with the dedicated hood which the DA L version doesn't and if you want the genuine article they're not cheap. The hood is similar to the one on the 21mm limited and its an effective design. I remember reading the reviews when I bought mine and one or two appear to be of the DA L version but in the HD section.

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There is a comparison review of the to here on pentaxforums.
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