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10-18-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Kit Lens Question

I have the older 18-55 kit lens that came with my K100d. I have a chance to buy the new one, the II version, for a pretty good price. Looking advice on whether it is worth my while to upgrade....will I notice a big difference in the image quality?

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10-18-2008, 08:19 PM   #2
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the difference is not significant. i'd suggest you save up money for better lenses in the future
there were some comparisons done but i can't find the link anywhere
10-18-2008, 08:21 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome. Yes you will probably notice some improvement but you will be trading an apple for an apple. You might want to think about getting a different zoom range to increase your flexibility in shooting. The 50-200 is the other kit lens people get as part of their starter kit. Once you know what focal lengths you use most often you can think about getting a faster lens to cover that range. A fast 50 is a worthwhile and reasonably priced lens that most people invest in sooner or later.
Going back to the series II kit lens, if it's that cheap, you can sell it at a profit or you can keep it and sell your old one to put towards another lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gizmo Quote
I have the older 18-55 kit lens that came with my K100d. I have a chance to buy the new one, the II version, for a pretty good price
If "pretty good price" is, say, $10 or less, then sure, I'd say you'll get your money's worth. But if it's going to cost you $100, and you consider that the same money could get you a really good used prime in one of several focal lengths (28, 50, 100, or 135), or would get you half way toward an FA50 or DA40, I think wasting $100 on $10 worth of improvement would be pointless.

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